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Regions and Powers
The Structure of International Security

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Part of Cambridge Studies in International Relations

  • Authors:
  • Barry Buzan, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Ole Wæver, University of Copenhagen
  • Date Published: January 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521814126

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  • Asserting that regional patterns of security are increasingly important in international politics, this study presents a detailed account of relations between global powers. It emphasizes their relationship with the regional security complexes which make up the contemporary international system. The book analyzes Africa, the Balkans, Eastern and Western Europe, East Asia, the Middle East, North America and South Asia, tracing the history of each region through the present.

    • Both authors are leading European scholars of international security
    • Both authors are central figures in the Copenhagen school of security studies
    • A comprehensive book which offers a clear and accessible historical account of all of the world's security regions
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Regions and Powers is a work that demands attention from both general IR theorists and regional specialists." Spencer D. Bakich, Virginia Quarterly Review

    "The authors' earlier works in security studies are brought together and developed into an innovative and coherent regional security complex theory. The empirical sweep of the study is monumental. This book is a major re-think of the problem of security in the post-Cold War world and successfully challenges conventional and competing approaches." Kalevi J. Holsti, University of British Columbia

    "This is the long-awaited follow-on book to Buzan's and Waever's initial statement of securitization.Regions and Powers develops a conceptual apparatus for an interpretation of all of the world's different regional security complexes. The book is heroic in its ambition and Herculean in its execution. A landmark study that displays a rare combination of cutting-edge theoretical sophistication with an insatiable appetite for data." Peter J. Katzenstein, Cornell University

    "The domain of world society has for some time been a neglected dimension in English School theorizing. Barry Buzanas book has not only filled this gap, it has radically reconfigured the relationship between international system, international society and world society. The result is a formidable work of grand theory. At last we have a work in the English School which is analytically rigorous enough to meet the high standards set by the best recent American IR theory while at the same time remaining faithful to the richness of the original sociological institutionalism." Tim Dunne, University of Exeter

    "This is a book tht deserves to be widely read, and it is liekly to serve as an inspiration for many subsequent studies of regions." Political Science Quarterly

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2004
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521814126
    • length: 598 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 33 mm
    • weight: 0.96kg
    • contains: 12 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction: Developing a Regional Approach to Global Security:
    1. Theories and histories about the structure of contemporary international security
    2. Levels: distinguishing the regional from the global
    3. Security complexes: a theory of regional security
    Part II. Asia:
    4. South Asia: inching towards internal and external transformation
    5. Northeast and southeast Asian security complexes during the Cold War
    6. The 1990s and beyond: an emergent east Asian complex
    Conclusion
    Part III. The Middle East and Africa: Introduction
    7. The Middle East: a perennial conflict formation
    8. Sub-saharan Africa: security dynamics in a setting of weak and failed states
    Conclusions
    Part IV. The Americas:
    9. North America: the sole superpower and its surroundings
    10. South America: an under-conflictual anomaly?
    Conclusion: scenarios for the RSCs of the Americas
    Part V. The Europes: Introduction:
    11. EU-Europe: the European Union and its 'near abroad'
    12. The Balkans and Turkey
    13. The post-Soviet space: a regional security complex around Russia
    Conclusion: scenarios for the European supercomplex
    Part VI. Conclusions:
    14. Regions and powers: summing up and looking ahead
    15. Reflections on conceptualising international security.

  • Authors

    Barry Buzan, London School of Economics and Political Science
    Barry Buzan is Professor of International Relations at the LSE.

    Ole Wæver, University of Copenhagen
    Ole Wæver is Professor of International Relations at the Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen.

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