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Security in South America: The Role of States and Regional Organizations

Rodrigo Tavares
Security in South America: The Role of States and Regional Organizations
ISBN: 978-1-935049-92-0
ISBN: 978-1-62637-169-9
2014/292 pages/LC: 2014003634
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"A must-read for those dissatisfied with international relations theorists who miss the nuances of today's regional organizations."—Johanna Mendelson Forman, Americas Quarterly

"Over the last thirty years—and in contrast to other regions—Latin America has increasingly become a group of countries with greater democracy and less international conflict. Rodrigo Tavares' book enables readers to much better understand this progressive, and continuing, process."—Albert Fishlow, Columbia University

"A major contribution.... An excellent overview of the various security issues that South American countries have identified as relevant."—Thomas Bruneau, Naval Postgraduate School

"Well organized, clearly written, and substantively rich. Tavares is up to date on the important but understudied topic of national and regional security."—David Scott Palmer, Boston University


What types of threats and conflicts affect the countries of South America? What roles can and should states and regional organizations play in maintaining both traditional and human security in the region? Ranging from armed conflicts, terrorism, and the arms trade to political crises, drug trafficking, and environmental concerns, Rodrigo Tavares provides a comprehensive discussion of the issues and actors that affect South American security.


Rodrigo Tavares is associate research fellow at United Nations University and assistant professor of international relations at the Getúlio Vargas Foundation. His publications include Regional Security: The Capacity of International Organizations and Regional Organizations in African Security (with Fredrik Söderbaum).


  • Foreword—Javier Solana
  • South America: An Island of Peace?
  • South American Security: An Overview.
  • Traditional Security Threats.
  • Human Security Threats.
  • Argentina.
  • Brazil.
  • Chile.
  • Colombia.
  • Venezuela.
  • Regionalism.
  • The Andean Community of Nations.
  • The Organization of American States.
  • The Union of South American Nations.
  • The Ibero-American Summit.
  • The Community of Latin American and Caribbean States.
  • The Dynamics of South American Security.