Geopolitical Approaches, Regional Security Complexes, and Political Psychology

  • Theodor Tudoroiu


This chapter constructs the book’s theoretical framework, which is based on Stefano Guzzini’s view of neoclassical geopolitics enriched with elements from the Regional Security Complex Theory. The resulting thin cognitivist approach accordingly combines materialist and ideational elements. Its object of study is the East European regional security complex, which is defined as incorporating post-communist EU member states, the rest of the European Union, western CIS republics, and Russia. Two external powers, the USA and the post-Brexit UK, penetrate this complex. In addition, the chapter presents theoretical aspects of hybrid wars, genuine and failed frozen conflicts, state capture, and political psychology relevant to the various issues analyzed in the book.


Neoclassical geopolitics Regional Security Complex Theory Hybrid wars Frozen conflicts State capture 


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  1. 1.Political Science DepartmentUniversity of the West IndiesSt. AugustineTrinidad and Tobago

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