Eastern Mediterranean: A New Region? Theoretical Considerations



The purpose of this chapter is to investigate whether Eastern Mediterranean can be conceptually viewed as a distinctive region. The study of regional security presupposes a well-defined region to apply. In the discipline of geography, a region is defined as an area on the earth’s surface marked by certain properties that are homogeneous inside and distinct from outside it. Regional geography, a subfield of geography, studies the specific unique characteristics of regions related to their culture, economy, topography, climate, politics and environmental factors. However, for the purposes of security analysis a region needs to be defined in terms of the security dynamics and interdependencies among states within it and which at the same time make it distinct from outside it.


Dynamic Security Regional Security Complex Theory (RSCT) Waever Refugee crisisRefugee Crisis Eastern Mediterranean Region 
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