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Extract: Security conferences are not what they used to be. Nor are they quite what they could be. Military matters with geostrategic calculations are no longer their core business. Nowadays, both traditional and non-traditional security concerns fill their programs. The latest strategic thinking, ‘weapons platforms’, the changing face of terrorism, threats issuing from cyberspace, climate change or global financial dislocation are some of the topics that occupy an increasingly crowded security agenda. Even so, there seems little room or relevance for what passes as the arcane. Yet in the widening field of security studies, the study of the ethical systems of a bygone era in non-Western cultures may not seem so far-fetched.