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Title:Regionalism and leadership in African security
Author:Khadiagala, GilbertISNI
Periodical:Lesotho Social Sciences Review (ISSN 1028-0790)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:regional security
international relations
Regional organizations
Conflict management
Political leadership
Abstract:Security regionalism is one way of thinking about African security in the context of fragmentation, the inability to reach continental decisions, and the difficulties of constructing comprehensive security arrangements on the basis of perilous nation-States. In a system of multiple sovereignties, where States have neither built a stable basis of statehood nor exhausted its benefits, regionalism ought to be fundamentally a matter of subcontracting limited security roles. Security regionalism, the product and process of subcontracting, denotes minimum burden-sharing in a context in which States retain the chief functions of security. Security regionalism hinges on two types of leadership: regional hegemons, and issue-based collective leadership. The leadership variable in security regionalism is both descriptive and prescriptve: in some regions of Africa, there are inescapable power centres with the organizational capacity to lead, but in others, leadership need merely be contextual and issue-based. Bibliogr., notes, sum.