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States in Stable Regions

Norrin M. Ripsman and T. V. Paul

in Globalization and the National Security State

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780195393903
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199776832 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195393903.003.0005
States in Stable Regions

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Aside from the major powers, there are other important security actors whose power, interests, and influence are more limited, but still are key players in the affairs of their own region and who also participate, to some degree, on the world stage. This chapter focuses on second-tier powers that inhabit relatively stable regions. It shows that the experience of the leading powers in stable regions since 1990 has been more consistent with many of the globalization school's hypotheses on security than that of the major powers. In particular, the analysis has confirmed a greater integration of regional security institutions into national security plans, greater priority given to non-traditional threats, and the complete abandonment of offensive doctrines. These states also share the major powers' newfound focus on combating terrorism and developing an internal policing dimension to their national security establishments.

Keywords: Western Europe; Southeast Asia; Latin American; globalization; national security; security policy; defense policy

Chapter.  13133 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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