Regional Economic Organizations and Conventional Security Challenges

  • M. Leann Brown


Few dispute that security governance worldwide is insufficient. In the immediate aftermath of the Cold War, literature proliferated suggesting that regional organizations in cooperation with the United Nations represent the best hope for conflict amelioration. While early optimism has been tempered by the scope of security challenges and institutional capacity shortfalls at the global and regional levels, regional organizations have increasingly become mainstays in global security governance. This chapter asks why REOs decide to take on conventional security challenges and provides a short explication of comparative case studies methodologies, summaries of the three historical cases, and the thesis—The decision to transform the REOs from a predominantly economic organization into a conventional security actor is most influenced by decision makers’ perceptions of threat and functional necessity.


Regional economic organization Security governance Comparative case studies The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) The European Communities (EC) 


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  • M. Leann Brown
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  1. 1.University of FloridaGainesvilleUSA

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