Peace and security

Authored by: Ulf Engel

The Routledge Handbook of Transregional Studies

Print publication date:  November  2018
Online publication date:  November  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138718364
eBook ISBN: 9780429438233
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9780429438233-37

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Abstract

No doubt, questions of peace and security are extremely relevant and at the heart of public debates in many countries. Today’s concern about the situations in the Middle East, the Sahelo-Saharan region, the Korean peninsula, or the former Soviet territories, as well as terrorist attacks in Europe and elsewhere are cases in point. Many, though not all of these situations, are addressed through discursive, diplomatic, or military transregional practices. In contrast to global or universal peace and security practices – for instance United Nations (UN) peace-keeping missions (with a high concentration on Africa, see Koops et al. 2015) – the former are characterized by the involvement of regional actors, though their speech acts often suggest that they are in fact dealing with ‘global’ issues. The focus of this chapter is on ‘non-global’ international organizations and their transregional activities in the field of peace and security, post-1989 (for an overview on the role of regions per se, see Diehl and Lepgold 2003; Crocker, Hampson and Aall 2011, and with reference to Africa, Söderbaum and Tavares 2011).

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