Community of insecurity

SADC’s Struggle for Peace and Security in Southern Africa

Product Attributes

  • Soft Cover
  • 9781775820758
  • 196
  • 2013


R 314.00

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About this Publication:

Why have the countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) struggled to establish a viable security regime? Why has SADC been unable to engage in successful peacemaking? And why has it defied the optimistic prognosis in the early 1990s that it would build a security community in Southern Africa? Exploring the formation, evolution and effectiveness of the regional security arrangements, Nathan examines a number of vital and troubling questions: He argues that the answers to these questions lie in the absence of common values among member states, the weakness of these states and their unwillingness to surrender sovereignty to the regional organisation. Paradoxically, the challenge of building a co-operative security regime lies more at the national level than at the regional level. The author's perspective is based on a unique mix of insider access, analytical rigour and accessible theory.

Contents Include:

1.    Introduction
2.    The formation of SADC and the era of hope
3.    The struggle to establish SADC’s security architecture
4.    Failed peacemaking in southern Africa
5.    Explaining the failure of the organ
6.    The fiction of southern Africa as an emerging security community
7.    Conclusion
8.    References
9.    Index

Of Interest and Benefit to:

Academics and scholars in the fields of Political Science, International Relations, African Studies, Human Rights law, Security Studies, and the layperson interested in current affairs.