USIP Press Books
July 2011
540 pp., 6" x 9"
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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.”

—Martti Ahtisaari, former President of Finland, Nobel Peace Prize laureate, founder and chairman of the board of Crisis Management Initiative

“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.”

—Thomas R Pickering, former Under Secretary of State for political affairs and Ambassador to the United Nations
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 and a distinguished fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innnovation (CIGI). 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 as a board member for many years thereafter. 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 a distinguished fellow at the Centre for International Governance and Innovation (CIGI). He is also Chancellor's Professor at Carleton University. Hampson was a Jennings Randolph Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace in 1993-94.

Pamela R. Aall is a senior fellow at Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and the former vice president for United States Institute of Peace's domestic programs, Education and Training Center . 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.


  • Part I
  • 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

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