Inter-organizational Relations in International Security: Cooperation and Competition, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Inter-organizational Relations in International Security

Cooperation and Competition, 1st Edition

Edited by Stephen Aris, Aglaya Snetkov, Andreas Wenger


290 pages | 14 B/W Illus.

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This book examines the politics of the relationships between multilateral organizations that have come to play a major role in contemporary efforts to manage international security.

Drawing on concepts developed in Organizational Studies, the book starts from the assumption that inter-organizational relationships are the product of contested politics. Politics that may be either more cooperative or more competitive, but which always contains elements of both. This volume focuses on inter-organizational relations emanating from, through and towards the regional scale. The proliferation in the number of regional multilateral organizations in recent decades and their growing claims to represent effective and legitimate frameworks to address security threats and issues has been widely noted. The book is organized into four sections, covering all aspects of the inter-organizational relationships in which regional multilateral organizations are involved: global-regional, intra-regional, inter-regional, and multi-scalar. Each chapter addresses a distinct case study of inter-organizational relations (bilateral, trilateral or wider network), and examines the politics shaping these relations.

This book will be of much interest to students of international security, international organizations, global governance and area studies, more generally.

Table of Contents

1. Cooperating and Competing: Relations Between Multilateral Organizations in International Security Stephen Aris


2. The United Nations and Regional Security Organizations in Africa, Europe and the North-Atlantic Region Ulrich Franke

3.Inter-Organizational Relations in a Nested Environment: Regional Organizations in the UN Spyros Blavoukos and Dimitris Bourantonis

4. Cooperation and Competition: United Nations-African Union Relations Martin Welz


5. Inter(b)locking Institutions: NATO, the EU, the OSCE and Inter-organizational European Security Governance Simon Koschut

6. Multilateralisms at War? Competing Visions of Regional Architecture in East Asia See Seng Tan

7. Competing Claims for Security Governance in South America Detlef Nolte and Brigitte Weiffen

8. In-between Europe and Asia: Regional Multilateral Organisations and Eurasian Region-Making Stephen Aris


9. Networked Inter-regional Organizational Security: New Hubs or Old Hierarchies? Andrea Oelsner and Roberto Dominguez

10.An Emerging Inter-regional Peace and Security Partnership: The African Union and the European Union Ulf Engel

11. Interregional Multilateralism in the Global South: The Zone of Peace and Cooperation in the South Atlantic Adriana Erthal Abdenur, Frank Mattheis, Pedro Seabra


12. Fluid Spatialities and the Governance of Child Trafficking in West Africa Nick Bernards

13. Cross-Border Crises and Inter-Organizational Relations in the Context of Multi-Level Governance Naila Maier-Knapp

14. Sanctions Cooperation and Regional Organizations Inken von Borzyskowski and Clara Portela

15. Conclusion Aglaya Snetkov & Andreas Wenger

About the Editors

Stephen Aris is Senior Researcher at the Center for Security Studies, ETH Zurich, Switzerland.

Aglaya Snetkov is Senior Researcher at the Center for Security Studies, ETH Zurich, Switzerland.

Andreas Wenger is Professor and Director at the Center for Security Studies, ETH Zurich, Switzerland.

About the Series

CSS Studies in Security and International Relations

The CSS Studies in Security and International Relations examines historical and contemporary aspects of security and conflict. The series provides a forum for new research based upon an expanded conception of security and will include monographs by the Center's research staff and associated academic partners.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Military / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Intergovernmental Organizations