Regional Security Organizations as Building Blocks of a Just World Order?

This core project investigated the role of regional security arrangements (RSA) in the development of global normative orders. It worked on the basis of three assumptions:

  1. Regions have gained importance in the area of security since the end of the Cold War;
  2. Regional security organizations represent a decisive link between structures of global order and the local, state levels;
  3. The opportunities for participation granted to regional actors when implementing global norms determine whether such norms will gain acceptance at the local level.

Regional security organizations – barriers or building blocks

RSA can either pose barriers to a normative world order or serve as the building blocks of global governance. On the one hand, regional organizations can promote the expansion of norms and function as building blocks for a global security order by fostering cooperation among the administrations of global and regional security organizations, intertwining the two levels within NGO networks, or creating inter-regional dialogs.


On the other hand, a strengthening of regional security organizations may lead to fragmentation if regional identities are formed in tandem with a process of differentiation in relation to those on the outside or if they are specifically used to reinforce particularity and curb the implementation of global norms. In this context, the project specifically considers the role of procedural justice between the regional and the international level in achieving consensus or fostering dissent in terms of global norms.

Filling a gap in past research, this project investigated these diffusion and differentiation processes for conceptions of a global order as well as the related RSA practices in three areas:

  • The easing of the ban on non-intervention, such as through the responsibility to protect
  • Peacekeeping
  • International criminal justice

The study first analyzed how two regional security organizations (the EU and the African Union) have reacted to these normative developments.

 

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NATO und internationale Politik | 2017

Dembinski, Matthias (2017): NATO und internationale Politik, in: Sauer, Frank/Masala, Carlo (Hg.), Handbuch Internationale Beziehungen, Wiesbaden: Springer VS, 757–778.

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Internationale Organisationen | 2017

Dembinski, Matthias (2017): Internationale Organisationen, in: Jäger, Thomas (Hg.), Die Außenpolitik der USA. Eine Einführung, Wiesbaden: Springer VS, 163–180.

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Regionalisierung globaler Normen | 2017

Dembinski, Matthias (2017): Regionalisierung globaler Normen. 'Human Security' Ansätze von EU und AU, in: Koschut, Simon (Hg.), Regionen und Regionalismus in den Internationalen Beziehungen. Eine Einführung, Wiesbaden: Springer VS, 227–242.

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Procedural Justice and Global Order: Explaining African Reaction to the Application of Global Protection Norms | 2016

Dembinski, Matthias (2016): Procedural Justice and Global Order: Explaining African Reaction to the Application of Global Protection Norms, in: European Journal of International Relations, 2016, journals.sagepub.com/(...).

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Regionale Sicherheitsorganisationen als Barrieren oder Bausteine globalen Regierens | 2016

Dembinski, Matthias (2016): Regionale Sicherheitsorganisationen als Barrieren oder Bausteine globalen Regierens, HSFK-Report Nr. 7/2016, Frankfurt/M.

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Civil society and the European common security and defence policy | 2014

Dembinski, Matthias/Joachim, Jutta (2014): Civil society and the European common security and defence policy, in: European Security, 23:4, DOI: 10.1080/09662839.2014.890594.

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Regional Security Arrangements as a Filter for Norm Diffusion: | 2014

Dembinski, Matthias/Schott, Berenike (2014): Regional Security Arrangements as a Filter for Norm Diffusion:. The African Union, the European Union and the Responsibility to Protect, in: Cambridge Review of International Affairs, 27:2, 362-380.

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Problems of Crime-Fighting by 'Internationals' in Kosovo | 2011

Cornelius Friesendorf, Problems of Crime-Fighting by 'Internationals' in Kosovo, in: James Cockayne/Adam Lupel (Hg.), Peace Operations and Organized Crime: Enemies or Allies?, London (Routledge), 2011.

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Libya and the Future of the Responsibility to Protect | 2011

Dembinski, Matthias/Reinold, Theresa (2011): Libya and the Future of the Responsibility to Protect. African and European Perspectives, PRIF Report No. 107, Frankfurt/M.

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The Military and Law Enforcement in Peace Operations | 2010

Cornelius Friesendorf, The Military and Law Enforcement in Peace Operations: Lessons from Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo, Wien/Genf (LIT/DCAF), 2010.

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Rethinking Security Governance | 2010

Daase, Christopher/Friesendorf, Cornelius (eds), (2010): Rethinking Security Governance. The Problem of Unintended Consequences, London: Routledge.

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Gefährliche Gemengelage | 2009

Cornelius Friesendorf, Gefährliche Gemengelage. Polizei, Militär und Probleme der Sicherheitssektorreform in Afghanistan, HSFK-Standpunkte, Nr. 4/2009, Frankfurt/M.

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