More or Less Afraid of Nearly Everything

Homeland Security, Borders, and Disasters in the Twenty-First Century

Subjects: Political Science, International Relations, American Politics, Public Policy
Paperback : 9780472054626, 182 pages, 1 chart, 6 x 9, August 2020
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An Insider’s Guide to Homeland Security


Migration, borders, cybersecurity, natural disasters, and terrorism: Homeland security is constantly in the news. Despite ongoing attention, these problems seem to be getting bigger even as the political discussion grows more overheated and misleading. Ben Rohrbaugh, a former border security director at the White House’s National Security Council, cuts through the noise to provide an accessible and novel framework to understand both homeland security and the thinking around how to keep civilians safe.

Throughout the twentieth century, the United States did not experience national security domestically; it defended its borders by conducting military, foreign policy, and intelligence operations internationally, and then separated these activities from domestic law enforcement with bright legal lines. In the twenty-first century, U.S. national security no longer occurs exclusively outside of the nation. The U.S. government is beginning to respond to this change, and the establishment of the Department of Homeland Security is merely the first step in an organizational and strategic realignment that will be a long, difficult, and mistake-filled process. More or Less Afraid of Nearly Everything is an accessible and engaging guide to homeland security, particularly migration and border security, that makes innovative arguments about the American government and keeping citizens safe, and provides practical solutions to real-world problems.

Ben Rohrbaugh is a Fellow in the Central America and Mexico Policy Initiative at the Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law at the University of Texas. He is the co-founder of Lantern UAS, which develops systems to scan cargo containers using aerial drones, and a partner at the consulting and training firm BorderWorks Advisors, LLC.

“A thorough and comprehensive analysis of homeland security in the U.S., both from a conceptual standpoint and from an operational standpoint. Rohrbaugh makes homeland security issues more approachable and understandable.”
—Laurie Trautman, Director of the Border Policy Research Institute, Western Washington University

“Part memoir, part policy analysis, Rohrbaugh provides a compelling look at the homeland security enterprise spanning the country . . . More or Less Afraid of Nearly Everything should be of interest to general readers interested in current events, public policy practitioners as well as undergraduates and graduate students who aspire to become government officials or policy analysts.”
—Rey Koslowksi, University at Albany, State University of New York