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The UN and Regional Organizations in Global Security: Competing or Complementary Logics?

The UN and Regional Organizations in Global Security: Competing or Complementary Logics? Global Governance 12 (2006), 227– 232 GLOBAL INSIGHTS The UN and Regional Organizations in Global Security: Competing or Complementary Logics? Björn Hettne and Fredrik Söderbaum hat is the optimal relationship between global bodies and regional agencies in international security? This question has W been intensively discussed at various junctures during the last century, including at the establishment of the United Nations in the 1940s. Indeed, the regional approach was the loser at this juncture, when “the Charter made provision for a dimly conceived and vaguely apprehended regionalism.” Today the debate between the UN and regional organizations has resurfaced—among policymakers as well as the research community— as one of the most important issues in the global security architecture, including reform of the UN Security Council. The long-standing prevailing view of the global-regional relationship in security matters has posited that a dominant UN would delegate tasks to sub- ordinate regional institutions. In this conception, the region is simply an inter- mediate actor that undertakes tasks determined at the multilateral level. The main purpose of regional agencies, according to this perspective, is to con- tribute to a multilateral system controlled by the UN Security Council. Even if it is important to improve http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations Brill

The UN and Regional Organizations in Global Security: Competing or Complementary Logics?

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
1075-2846
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1942-6720
DOI
10.1163/19426720-01203001
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Abstract

Global Governance 12 (2006), 227– 232 GLOBAL INSIGHTS The UN and Regional Organizations in Global Security: Competing or Complementary Logics? Björn Hettne and Fredrik Söderbaum hat is the optimal relationship between global bodies and regional agencies in international security? This question has W been intensively discussed at various junctures during the last century, including at the establishment of the United Nations in the 1940s. Indeed, the regional approach was the loser at this juncture, when “the Charter made provision for a dimly conceived and vaguely apprehended regionalism.” Today the debate between the UN and regional organizations has resurfaced—among policymakers as well as the research community— as one of the most important issues in the global security architecture, including reform of the UN Security Council. The long-standing prevailing view of the global-regional relationship in security matters has posited that a dominant UN would delegate tasks to sub- ordinate regional institutions. In this conception, the region is simply an inter- mediate actor that undertakes tasks determined at the multilateral level. The main purpose of regional agencies, according to this perspective, is to con- tribute to a multilateral system controlled by the UN Security Council. Even if it is important to improve

Journal

Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International OrganizationsBrill

Published: Aug 3, 2006

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