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Implications of state-building on regional security dynamics within Regional Security Complex Theory

Marko Kovačević

‚ Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade


State-building, understood as an international mechanism that serves to answer the cases of possible state-failure or to stop state collapse, is an important subject of interest in the study of international relations. The problematic of state weakness has a considerable security component, and it holds great importance as a subject of inquiry in the security studies. This paper as its point of departure holds that state-building is a mechanism by which is to a great degree possible to affect the removal of those security threats that have their origin in state weakness. Although the problematic of weak states (and state failure, or state collapse as the terminal point of that phenomenon) is global in scale, its security dimension is mostly reflected at a national or a regional level. Therefore, Regional Security Complex Theory (RSCT) together with a commensurate concept of security developed by the ’Copenhagen School’ are used as a theoretical framework for understanding state-building and the influence it has on security dynamics at the regional level of analysis. Author holds the argument that state-building constitutes a factor that may influence regional security dynamics, and by using the analytical framework of RSCT, state-building is seen as a form of ’penetration’ which external actors pursue within an RSC or regional subcomplex.  State-building as a form of security ’penetration’ is explained on the example of the European Union’s influence exercised in the subcomplex of Western Balkans by means of its enlargement policy.


About author:


Marko Kovačević is currently a Master student of International Security at the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade. He earned his B.A. in International Affairs from  the Faculty of Political Sciences, defending the thesis titled "Grand Strategies in U.S. Foreign and Security Policy after the Cold War". In 2005-2006 Marko was awarded Undergraduate Exchange Program Scholarship of the Open Society Institute to study at Bard College (the United States) based on academic excellence and demonstrated civil society leadership. While in New York, he interned at World Federalist Movement - Institute for Global Policy. His research interests include Security studies, Regional Security Complex Theory, Euro-Atlantic relations, U.S. foreign and security policy, as well as the United Nations system.