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Title:Beyond the notion of security community: What role for the African regional organizations in peace and security? PDF Logo
Authors:Laakso, Liisa
Issue Date:2005
Series/Report no.:Research Paper, UNU-WIDER, United Nations University (UNU) 2005/52
Abstract:African regional organizations’ increasing activity in security policy is usually approached through the concept of a ‘security community’, which can only partially clarify their difficult situation. A multilevel governance model is suggested as a more useful approach in a situation where economic cooperation is weak, member states’ principles of governance diverge, and they themselves might be part of security problems. Security community is not a necessary condition for a regional organization to play a role in the field of security. By new intra-regional and cross-level relationships with the international community and civil society, regional organizations can become important security actors in Africa.
Subjects:African Union
regional economic communities
multilevel governance
security community
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:WIDER Research Papers, United Nations University (UNU)

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