Confrontational and Cooperative Regional Orders: Managing Regional Security in World Politics, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Confrontational and Cooperative Regional Orders

Managing Regional Security in World Politics, 1st Edition

By Ariel Gonzalez Levaggi


256 pages | 10 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2019-08-12
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This book explains cooperative and confrontational regional orders in the post-Cold War era.

Applying a push-and-pull framework to the evolution of regional orders, the book’s theoretical section compares regional dynamics and studies the transformation and authority of governing arrangements among key regional actors who manage security and institutional cooperation. This presents a novel approach to comparing non-Western regional orders, and helps forge a better integration between IR disciplinary approaches and area studies. The empirical section analyses Central Eurasia and South America within the period 1989-2017, using case studies and interviews with decision-makers, practitioners and experts. The volume demonstrates that soft engagement strategies from extra-regional great powers and internationalist domestic coalitions framed in a stable democratic polity are forces for peaceful interaction, while hard engagement strategies from great external powers plus nationalist coalitions within democratic backsliding in key regional powers present negative outlooks for regional cooperation.

This book will be of much interest to students of regional security, comparative politics, area studies and International Relations.

Table of Contents

1. Bringing the Regions Back In

2. Regional Orders: Push and Pull Mechanisms of Regional Transformation

3. Central Eurasia: from the historical foundations to the current stage of strong leaderships

4. South America: from regional transformation to the decline of the Brazilian-led ‘South-Americanization’

5. Transformation, Autonomy and Authority: Regional Orders in Comparative Perspective

6. Regional Orders in the Trump’s Era

About the Author

Ariel Gonzalez Levaggi is Executive Secretary of the Center for International Affairs at the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina. He is also Senior Researcher at the Center for Research and Strategic Studies of the Argentine Navy.

About the Series

Routledge Global Security Studies

Global Security Studies is a series for cutting-edge monographs and books on international security. It emphasizes cutting-edge scholarship on the forces reshaping global security and the dilemmas facing decision-makers the world over. The series stresses security issues relevant in many countries and regions, accessible to broad professional and academic audiences as well as to students, and enduring through explicit theoretical foundations.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Asia / General
HISTORY / Military / General
HISTORY / Americas (North, Central, South, West Indies)
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Diplomacy
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Intergovernmental Organizations