1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Latin American Security

Edited By David R. Mares, Arie M. Kacowicz Copyright 2016
    386 Pages
    by Routledge

    386 Pages
    by Routledge

    This new Handbook is a comprehensive collection of cutting-edge essays on all aspects of Latin American Security by a mix of established and emerging scholars.

    The Routledge Handbook of Latin American Security identifies the key contemporary topics of research and debate, taking into account that the study of Latin America’s comparative and international politics has undergone dramatic changes since the end of the Cold War, the return of democracy and the re-legitimization and re-armament of the military against the background of low-level uses of force short of war.

    Latin America’s security issues have become an important topic in international relations and Latin American studies. This Handbook sets a rigorous agenda for future research and is organised into five key parts:

    • The Evolution of Security in Latin America

    • Theoretical Approaches to Security in Latin America

    • Different 'Securities'

    • Contemporary Regional Security Challenges

    • Latin America and Contemporary International Security Challenges

    With a focus on contemporary challenges and the failures of regional institutions to eliminate the threat of the use of force among Latin Americans, this Handbook will be of great interest to students of Latin American politics, security studies, war and conflict studies and International Relations in general.

    Preface, John Mearsheimer Introduction, David R. Mares and Arie M. Kacowicz  Part I: The Evolution of Security Studies in Latin America 1. Security Studies and Security in Latin America: The First Two Hundred Years, Arie M. Kacowicz and David R. Mares  Part II: Theoretical Approaches to Security in Latin America 2. Geopolitics in Latin America, Old and New, Detlef Nolte and Leslie Wehner 3. Neoliberal Institutionalism and Neo-functionalism in Latin American Security, Andres Malamud and Luis L. Schenoni 4. Who Commands, Who Obeys and Who Rebels: Latin American Security in a Peripheral-Realist Perspective, Carlos Escude 5. Securitization and the Limits of Democratic Security, Arlene B. Tickner  6. Gender in Security Studies, Marcela Donadio 7. English School and  Constructivism, Federico Merke 8. Alternative Governance in Latin America, Harold Trinkunas and Anne Clunan  Part III: Different 'Securities' 9. Traditional Security: War and Peace, Cameron G. Thies 10. Cooperative Security and Regional Governance, Andres Serbin and Andrei Serbin Pont 11. Citizen Security and Human Security in Latin America, Daniel M. Goldstein 12. Alterity and Security: Culture and Survival Beyond the ‘Indian Problem’, Jose Antonio Lucero 13. Military Strategy in Latin America, Gabriel Marcella 14. Pluralistic Security Communities in Latin America, Andrea Oelsner  Part IV: Contemporary Regional Security Challenges 15. Relative Peace and Emerging Fault Lines: Accounting for Trends in Intrastate Conflict in Latin America, Caroline A. Hartzell 16. The Rise of Brazil: Concepts and Comparisons, Christopher Darnton 17.  Guerrillas, Terrorists or Criminals? The New Face of Anti-State Violence in Latin America, Roman D. Ortiz 18. Weapons of Mass Destruction:  Will Latin America Backtrack?, Carlo Patti 19. The Politics of Arms Acquisitions in South America: Trends and Research Agenda, Jorge Battaglino 20. Latin American Militaries in the 21st Century: Civil-Military Relations in the Era of Disappearing Boundaries, Deborah L. Norden 21. Interstate Disputes: Coercive Diplomacy and Peaceful Settlement, David R. Mares  22. Illicit Threats: Organized Crime, Drugs, and Small Arms, Phil Williams 23. Environmental Security and Disasters in Latin America and the Caribbean: A Blind Spot in Research, Gavin O’Toole  Part V: Latin America and Contemporary International Security Challenges 24. The Impact of China on the Security Environment of Latin America and the Caribbean, R. Evan Ellis 25. The United States' Impact on Latin America's Security Environment: The Complexities of Power Disparity, David R. Mares 26. The Middle East and Latin America: Implications for Latin America’s Security, Maria Velez de Berliner 27. Latin America’s  Experience with Peace Support Operations: From Peacekeeping Recipients to Peace Exporters, Arturo C. Sotomayor 28. Latin America in the New World Security Architecture, Arie M. Kacowicz 


    David R. Mares holds the Institute of the Americas Chair for Inter-American Affairs, University of California, San Diego. He is author/editor of nine books including most recently Debating Civil-Military Relations in Latin America (with Rafael Martínez, 2013).

    Arie M. Kacowicz is the Chaim Weizmann Chair in International Relations and Associate Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. He is the author of four books including most recently Globalization and the Distribution of Wealth: The Latin American Experience, 1982-2008 (2013).

    'This ambitious, timely handbook is strongly recommended for graduate students and comparative and international relations scholars interested in Latin America and its regional and international relations. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Graduate students and faculty.' -- E. Acevedo, California State University, Los Angeles. CA, in CHOICE