This chapter explores the problems of using regional analysis to think through the security agenda of the post-Cold War world. It starts with a summary of traditional regional security complex (RSC) theory, with its military-political focus, and its firm regionalizing logic, and looks at how that view is still relevant in the post-Cold War world. Section 2 surveys the changes in the nature of the security agenda, examining the rise of economic and environmental security, with their new types of threat and new referent objects, and the decline in salience of military-political security issues amongst the great powers. Section 3 investigates whether three of the ‘new’ security sectors — economic, environmental, societal — contain a regionalizing logic, and if so, how it works. Section 4 reintegrates the analysis. It looks at the merits of treating sectors separately, or amalgamating them into single, multi-sectoral security complexes.
- European Union
- Former Soviet Union
- Regional Security
- North American Free Trade Agreement
- Security Agenda
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