The international relations of crisis and the crisis of international relations: from the securitisation of scarcity to the militarisation of society

  title={The international relations of crisis and the crisis of international relations: from the securitisation of scarcity to the militarisation of society},
  author={Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed},
  journal={Global Change, Peace \& Security},
  pages={335 - 355}
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