REWIRING REGIONAL SECURITY IN A FRAGMENTED WORLD
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“Rewiring Regional Security in a Fragmented World captures the variety of security challenges and the diversity of conflict management practice across the regions. Featuring regional voices, this timely and innovative volume will help students and practitioners grasp the global conversations taking place on conflict and security issues. The editors are surely correct to conclude that we live in an age where security is divisible but collective action is more necessary than ever.”
“The book includes a broad and sweeping review of regions, their security problems, and organizations to deal with them by a series of knowledgeable and recognized experts. The editors have provided an enlightening and groundbreaking overview of both the state of the regional role in security around the globe and how regional security approaches might be made more effective in collective conflict management. A must read for anyone interested in this major topic of growing importance.”
The Cold War’s end and the events of 9/11 upended traditional notions of global security. Where superpower rivalry once dominated the field, security is now increasingly fragmented and decentralized. Nowhere is this more evident than in the world’s regions, which face very different security threats and have evolved very different means to address those threats. But do regions, ever more distrustful of global institutions, have the capacity to deal with the broadening array of security challenges they face? Do they have innovative approaches that strengthen or fragment the world’s capacity to respond to new threats?
Rewiring Regional Security in a Fragmented World examines conflict management capacities and gaps regionally and globally, and assesses whether regions—through their regional organizations or through loose coalitions of states, regional bodies, and non-official actors—are able to address an array of new and emerging security threats. The volume offers a unique comparative perspective on the changing threats to security and new approaches to conflict management as seen by experts from Africa, the Middle East, Europe, Russia and Central Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, East Asia, Latin America, Central America, and the trans-Atlantic community.
The volume’s editors, longstanding contributors to the field of conflict management, have tapped deeply knowledgeable contributors to develop conceptual links between the fields of security and conflict management and expand our understanding of global conflict management capacity and the balance between regional/local security initiatives and global ones.
Chester A. Crocker is the James R. Schlesinger Professor of Strategic Studies at Georgetown University where his teaching and research focus on conflict management and regional security issues. He served as chairman of the board of the United States Institute of Peace (1992-2004), and continues as a member of its board. From 1981-1989, he was U.S. assistant secretary of state for African affairs. As such, he was the principal diplomatic architect and mediator in the prolonged negotiations among Angola, Cuba, and South Africa that led to Namibia’s transition to independence, and to the withdrawal of Cuban forces from Angola. Dr. Crocker served as a staff officer at the National Security Council (1970-72) where he worked on Middle East, Indian Ocean, and African issues and director of African studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (1976-80). He serves on the boards Universal Corporation, Inc., a leading independent trading company in tobacco and agricultural products; Good Governance Group Ltd, a business intelligence advisory service; and Bell Pottinger USA, a communications and public relations firm. Dr. Crocker is a founding member of the Global Leadership Foundation, the Africa-based Housing for HIV Foundation and member of the Independent Advisory Board of the World Bank. Dr. Crocker is the author of High Noon in Southern Africa: Making Peace in a Rough Neighborhood (1993), co-author (with Fen Osler Hampson and Pamela Aall) of Taming Intractable Conflicts: Mediation in the Hardest Cases (2004), and coeditor of Leashing the Dogs of War: Conflict Management in a Divided World (2007), Grasping the Nettle: Analyzing Cases of Intractable Conflict (2005); Turbulent Peace: The Challenges of Managing International Conflict (2001); and Herding Cats: Multiparty Mediation in a Complex World (1999).
Fen Osler Hampson is professor of international affairs and director of the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs. Hampson was a senior fellow at the United States Institute of Peace in 1993-94. He is chair of the Human Security Track of the Helsinki Process on Globalization and Democracy, a joint initiative of the governments of Finland and Tanzania.
Pamela R. Aall is the Provost for the Institute's Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding . She directs the education program, which focuses on strengthening teaching, learning, and research on conflict prevention, management, and resolution. Before joining the Institute in 1993, she was a consultant to the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and to the Institute of International Education. She held a number of positions at the Rockefeller Foundation. She has also worked for the European Cultural Foundation (Amsterdam and Brussels), the International Council for Educational Development (New York), and the New York Botanical Garden. She holds a B.A. from Harvard University and an M.A. from Columbia University and attended the London School of Economics, conducting research on political and economic integration in Scandinavia and Europe.
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Table of Contents
The Mosaic of Global Conflict Management - Chester A. Crocker, Fen Osler Hampson, and Pamela Aall
Global Conflict Management and the Pursuit of Peace - Gilles Andreani
Regional Approaches to Conflict Management - Paul D. Williams and Juergen Haacke
Culture Counts: A Diplomatic Perspective on Culture and Regional Conflict Management - Nigel Quinney
Part II: Regional Reviews
African Solutions to African Problems: Assessing the Capacity of the African Peace and Security Architecture - Chrysantus Ayangafac and Jakkie Cilliers
Identifying and Responding to Africa's Security Challenges - Kwesi Aning
The Middle East: Regional Security Institutions and Their Capacities - Anoushiravan Ehteshami
Israel: Shifting National Security Challenges and Responses - Itamar Rabinovich
The Imported, Supported, and Home-Grown Security of the Arab World - Bassma Kodmani
Play It Again, Uncle Sam: Translantic Relations, NATO, and the European Union - Chantal de Jonge Oudraat
Europe's Security: Attitudes, Achievement, and Unsolved Challenges - Alyson J. K. Bailes
Russia and Central Asia - Oksana Antonenko
Expanding Circles of Engagement: India and South Asia - Meenakshi Gopinath
Southeast Asia and Its Evolving Security Architecture - Richard A. Bitzinger and Barry Desker
East Asia and Its Evolving Security Architecture - Hitoshi Tanaka and Adam P. Liff
Regional Security and Conflict Management in the Americas: Terrorism from Without, Drugs and Conventional Thugs from Within - John W. Graham
Institutional Mechanisms for Conflict Resolution in South America - Monica Herz
Mexico and Central America: Security Challenges - Raul Benitez Manaut and Ricardo Cordova Macias
Security Challenges and Threats in the Caribbean - Hilton A. McDavid
Part III: Conclusion
Thinking Strategically about Institutions and Capacities: Challenges of Security and Conflict Management
Leashing the Dogs of War: Conflict Management in a Divided World
America's Strategic Posture: The Final Report of the Congressional Commission on the Strategic Posture of the United States