The APSA and (Complex) International Security Regime Theory: A Critique

Author: 
Vlavonou, Gino
Place: 
Oxon
Publisher: 
Taylor & Francis Group
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Journal Title: 
African Securtiy
Source: 
African Security, Vol. 12, Issue 1, 2019, pp. 87-110
Abstract: 

Regional and subregional organizations have assumed a larger role in maintaining peace and security, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. The African Peace and Security Architecture of the African Union (APSA) increasingly participates militarily in various peacekeeping operations. Policy-focused analyses of the APSA not only characterize it as an international regime but also assume the benefits of this regime. However, this depiction of the APSA as a regime obscures the military dimension of its approach to peace and security throughout the continent. This article argues that a regime analysis romanticizes the APSA, and the type of security that it practices requires more attention. Using a field-inspired approach, this article suggests that the security practiced by the APSA is a result of various internal struggles within different institutions of the APSA and its external relations over the meaning-making of peace and security.

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CITATION: Vlavonou, Gino. The APSA and (Complex) International Security Regime Theory: A Critique . Oxon : Taylor & Francis Group , . African Security, Vol. 12, Issue 1, 2019, pp. 87-110 - Available at: http://library.africa-union.org/apsa-and-complex-international-security-regime-theory-critique

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