1st Edition

Environmental Security in Transnational Contexts What Relevance for Regional Human Security Regimes?

Edited By Harlan Koff, Carmen Maganda Copyright 2018
    148 Pages
    by Routledge

    148 Pages
    by Routledge

    Much of the discussion surrounding the definition of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the post-2015 global development agenda has contextualized sustainable development within the framework of ‘transformation’, specifically prioritizing concepts such as equity, security, justice, and rights. While these debates correctly discussed power imbalances and relational obstacles to human development they have remained abstract because they focused only on the international level. In this regard, discussions have not adequately examined mechanisms that facilitate or block the emergence of sustainable development as a political priority, nor do they address specific policy proposals to link environmental justice to human development strategies. This book contends that human and environmental security should be framed in terms of transnational discussions rather than being limited to general international debates in order to examine both governance challenges and potential policy mechanisms that can effectively address environmental security issues that cross national boundaries. The chapters in this volume undertake an empirical examination of the relationships between human and environmental security, cross-border exchanges, and regional integration. They address the relationships between international norms, transnational human and environmental security issues, and the regionalization of governance in different parts of the world as the book includes comparative analyses as well as case studies from Europe, Asia and the Americas.

    The chapters originally published as a special issue in Globalizations.

    Introduction: Environmental Security in Transnational Contexts: What Relevance for Regional Human Security Regimes?

    Harlan Koff and Carmen Maganda

    1. Reconciling Competing Globalizations through Regionalisms? Environmental Security in the Framework of Expanding Security Norms and Narrowing Security Policies

    Harlan Koff

    2. Water Security Debates in ‘Safe’ Water Security Frameworks: Moving Beyond the Limits of Scarcity

    Carmen Maganda

    3. Scarcity and Power in US–Mexico Transboundary Water Governance: Has the Architecture Changed since NAFTA?

    Stephen P. Mumme

    4. Many Faces of Security: Discursive Framing in Cross-border Natural Resource Governance in the Mekong River Commission

    Andrea K. Gerlak and Farhad Mukhtarov

    5. Of River Linkage and Issue Linkage: Transboundary Conflict and Cooperation on the River Meuse

    Jeroen Frank Warner

    6. Escaping the Border, Debordering the Nature: Protected Areas, Participatory Management, and Environmental Security in Northern Patagonia (i.e. Chile and Argentina)

    Bastien Sepúlveda and Sylvain Guyot


    Harlan Koff is Professor of Social Sciences at the University of Luxembourg. He is President of the Consortium for Comparative Research on Regional Integration and Social Cohesion (RISC) (www.risc.lu) and co-editor of the journal Regions & Cohesion (Berghahn Journals). He conducts research on migration, international development, regional integration, and borderlands.

    Carmen Maganda (Ph.D.) is Research Professor of Environment and Sustainability at the Instituto de Ecología (INECOL), Mexico. She is co-editor of the journal Regions & Cohesion (Berghahn Journals). Her research focuses on social participation in environmental governance, water security/justice and regional integration.