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North American Regional Security: A Trilateral Framework?

Richard J. Kilroy, Jr., Abelardo Rodríguez Sumano, and Todd S. Hataley
North American Regional Security: A Trilateral Framework?
ISBN: 978-1-58826-854-9
ISBN: 978-1-62637-008-1
2012/255 pages/LC: 2012018806
"Worth reading by anyone interested in North American security, and in security more broadly."—Tony Payan, International Studies Review

"An excellent example of a solid research design as well as an important study of the substantive issue of the trilateral relationship.... Highly recommended."—Choice

"A unique contribution to current discussions about the evolving North American security relationship."—Jeffrey Ayres, Saint Michael's College


Has the emergence of new transnational threats—terrorism, drug cartels, natural disasters—affected the dynamics of security relations among Canada, Mexico, and the United States? What is the likely future of these relations in a highly securitized world?

Richard Kilroy, Abelardo Rodríguez Sumano, and Todd Hataley trace the evolution of security relations in North America from the bilateral approach that existed prior to the events of September 11, to the unilateral US approach of perimeter defense after September 11, to the creation of a trilateral regional security framework. Their analysis highlights both the move toward cooperation and the significant obstacles that limit the potential for an effective regional security complex.


Richard J. Kilroy, Jr., is associate professor of politics at the Coastal Carolina University.  Abelardo Rodríguez Sumano is professor of international studies and international security at the University of Guadalajara. Todd S. Hataley is adjunct professor at the Royal Military College of Canada and research fellow at the Centre for International and Defence Policy at Queen's University.


  • A Trilateral Security Framework?
  • Understanding Regional Security.
  • A Brief History of Security Relations in the Americas.
  • New Global Security and Regional Cooperation.
  • September 11, Regional Responses, and the Global War on Terror.
  • New Momentum in Security Cooperation.
  • Contradictions and Tensions in Regional Security.
  • Future Prospects: Convergence or Divergence?