- The Oxford Handbooks of International Relations
- The Oxford Handbook of International Security
- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- List of Abbreviations
- List of Contributors
- The Future of Security Studies
- Security and “Security Studies”: Conceptual Evolution and Historical Transformation
- Expertise and Practice: The Evolving Relationship between the Study and Practice of Security
- Feminist Security and Security Studies
- Critical Security Studies
- Liberal Approaches
- What Is a PARIS Approach to (In)securitization? Political Anthropological Research for International Sociology
- Statistics and International Security
- Methods in Constructivist Approaches
- Methods in Critical Security Studies
- Game Theory and the Future of International Security
- Biology, Evolution, and International Security
- Systemic Theory and the Future of Great Power War and Peace
- Trends in Conflict: What Do We Know and What Can We Know?
- Leaders, Leadership, and International Security
- The Politics of National Security
- Religion and International Security
- The Future of International Security Norms
- The Economics of War and Peace
- The Changing Geography of Global Security
- The Great Debate: The Nuclear-Political Question and World Order
- Public–Private Interactions and Practices of Security
- Nuclear Proliferation: The Risks of Prediction
- The Global South and International Security
- Arms Control
- Nationalism and International Security
- Energy Security: A Twentieth-Century Major Concern Becoming Irrelevant in the Twenty-First Century?
- Humanitarian Intervention
- Environmental Security
- The Crime Scene: What Lessons for International Security?
- Intelligence and International Politics
- Trajectories for Future Cybersecurity Research
- Counter Insurgency
- International Security and Development
- Drone Proliferation in the Twenty-first Century
- Images and International Security
- Maritime Security
- Global Health and Security: Reassessing the Links
- Great Powers
- The UN Security Council
- Regional Security Complexes and Organizations
- International Criminal Accountability and Transnational Advocacy Networks (TAns)
- Civil–Military Relations
Abstract and Keywords
Regional dimensions of international security have become increasingly salient since the end of the Cold War. Some groups of states have coalesced into regional formations that resemble classic security communities. Several analytical concepts have been proposed to explain this trend, including revised theories of security community, security regimes, security complexes, and modes of security governance. Regional security complexes offer a useful framework for explicating the dynamics of interstate threats and governments’ coordinated responses to external danger. The utility of the concept can be illustrated by surveying recent scholarship on the cross-border spread of civil wars and disputes over water. Regional security complexes also provide insight into the formation and resurgence of regional security organizations, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East.
Keywords: regional security complex, security community, civil war, water conflicts, regional organizations, Economic Community of West African States, Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Shanghai Co-operation Organization, Arab League, Gulf Co-operation Council
Matteo Legrenzi is Associate Professor of International Relations at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.
Fred H. Lawson is Visiting Professor of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School and Professor of Government Emeritus of Mills College.
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