Sovereignty’s Evolution: The Role of Regions – Regional Convergence in a Transnational World

  • Carlos Pascual
  • Holly BennerEmail author
Part of the United Nations University Series on Regionalism book series (UNSR, volume 3)


During the last great negotiation to build international order in the post–World War II era, the creators of the United Nations heralded the principle of state sovereignty as the foundation of a stable international security system. Over 60 years later, profound changes have taken place in the world. From nuclear proliferation, terrorism and infectious disease to conflict and climate change, twenty-first century threats defy borders. Sovereignty is not obsolete as a concept. But sovereignty premised on borders serving as inviolable boundaries simply does not function in a world where money, ideas, capital, labour and even pollution know no bounds. Our ability to govern the planet requires the international community to reinvent its understanding of sovereignty. This chapter addresses how regional organisations can build on diverse experiences to provide the building blocks that put a new understanding of sovereignty to work.


European Union United Nations Security Council African Union Lisbon Treaty 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Formerly with the Brookings InstitutionWashingtonUSA
  2. 2.The World BankWashingtonUSA

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