Domestic Threats, Regional Solutions? The Challenge of Regional Security Integration in Southern Africa

Hammerstad, Anne (2005) Domestic Threats, Regional Solutions? The Challenge of Regional Security Integration in Southern Africa. Review of International Studies, 31 (1). pp. 69-87. ISSN 0260 2105. (Access to this publication is restricted)

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Abstract

The article discusses the salience of different theories of regional security integration through the prism of the experience of the Southern African Development Community (SADC). It tracks the region's progress from a hostile security complex to a nascent security community and asks what strategy for security integration should be employed to continue this positive trend. Although Southern African leaders seem to prefer a collective security strategy à la NATO, the common security approach of the OSCE is more appropriate: most of the region's security threats are domestic and lack of capacity warrants an incremental, decentralised process focused on the weakest SADC members. The current state-centric approach, which tends to conflate the security needs of regimes with those of the population as a whole, will not further the cause of building a security community in Southern Africa.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations > Conflict Analysis Research Centre
Depositing User: Anne Hammerstad
Date Deposited: 02 Apr 2009 19:36
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2011 00:21
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/9349 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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