Explaining and Understanding Regional Economic Organizations’ Response to Conventional Security Challenges

  • M. Leann Brown


Many factors potentially affect REOs’ decisions when confronted with conventional security challenges. When Member States are threatened and Great Powers and global institutions decline to intervene, REOs take on conventional security tasks out of necessity even when they are institutionally undeveloped and Member States are relatively poor and weak. This chapter summarizes how the findings of this study confirm or call into question various literatures on this subject. REOs often undertake conventional security functions to preclude or manage external powers’ intervention in the region. REOs also undertake conventional security tasks because they assume that the security challenge can only be resolved on a regional basis. As security threats multiply and REOs proliferate and become more sophisticated, a network of REOs is being called upon to replace the post-World War II security architecture.


Regional economic organization Regional security Great Powers Regional security complex Post-Cold War security architecture Human security 


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Authors and Affiliations

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

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