Regional Economic Organizations and Conventional Security Challenges

  • M. Leann Brown

About this book


Within the context of regional integration, comparative regionalism, organizational change, and regional security literatures, this book investigates three cases wherein regional economic organizations were confronted with conventional security threats: the 1978-91 Association of Southeast Asian Nations-Vietnam Standoff, the 1990 Economic Community of West Africa-Liberian Civil War Challenge, and the 1990-91 European Communities-Balkans Crisis. While the literature suggests multiple possible explanations for regional economic organizations’ response to these security challenges, including systemic and power-related factors, organizational factors and functional needs, and cognitive and social factors, the author argues that the decision to transform a regional economic organization into a conventional security actor is most influenced by decision makers’ perceptions of threat and functional necessity.  

M. Leann Brown is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Florida, USA.


Regional Economic Organizations and Security Challenges economic integration transnational and regionalized security threats global security governance conventional security roles institutional change comparative regionalism ASEAN ECOWAS EC hegemonic stability theory

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

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