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This article centres on two issues. The first is with regards to those features that distinguish International Security Institutions (ISIs) from international institutions in other issue areas. The article argues that ISIs may be usefully differentiated on the basis of two fundamental analytical distinctions that are especially relevant, if not unique, to security affairs. The second issue is related to the significance of ISIs. It also examines the four leading theoretical perspectives that provide varying and conflicting assessments of the degree to which international institutions matter.
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