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Security communities and the problem of domestic instability

Nathan, Laurie (2004) Security communities and the problem of domestic instability. Crisis States Research Centre working papers series 1 (55). Crisis States Research Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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The literature on security communities neglects the question of internal instability. Using examples drawn mainly from the Great Lakes region of Africa and the region covered by the Southern African Development Community, I argue that domestic stability, defined as the absence of large-scale violence within a country, is a necessary condition of a security community. I seek to demonstrate that large-scale domestic violence prevents the attainment of these communities by rendering people and states insecure, generating uncertainty, tension and mistrust among states, and creating the risk of cross-border violence. In contrast to other writers, I conclude that the benchmark of a security community – dependable expectations of peaceful change – should apply not only between states but also within them.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2004 Laurie Nathan
Divisions: International Development
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2010 10:02
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 22:58

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