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Book Review: Barry Buzan & Ole Wæver, Regions and Powers: The Structure of International Security (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), 2003, 564pp. £21.99 pbk., £60.00 hbk.)

Book Review: Barry Buzan & Ole Wæver, Regions and Powers: The Structure of International Security (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), 2003, 564pp. £21.99 pbk., £60.00 hbk.)

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Book ReviewBarry Buzan & Ole Wæver, Regions and Powers: The Structure of International Security (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), 2003, 564pp. £21.99 pbk., £60.00 hbk.) SAGE Publications, Inc.2005DOI: 10.1177/03058298050340010907 RitaTaureck Department of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Birmingham Barry Buzan's and Ole Wæver 's `Regions and Powers' – a follow-up to the influential `Security: A New Framework for Analysis' – is an impressive state of the art study of the post-Cold War structure of international security. According to the authors, this structure is best captured by a regional perspective. They argue that, with the end of the superpower struggle, regional clusters and their internal processes of securitisation and de-securitisation have become the most appropriate level at which to undertake practical security analysis of the international system. The reasons given are fourfold. First, from a regional level of analysis it is easy to account for other levels of analysis, since regions are conveniently placed at the interface of national and global security issues. Analysis from a regional level is therefore not prone to the narrow, one-dimensional interpretations of international security produced by globalist and neo-realist analysis. Second, because most acute insecurities in the system stem from
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