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(p. 200) 14. Regime Security 

(p. 200) 14. Regime Security
(p. 200) 14. Regime Security

Richard Jackson

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date: 02 March 2021

This chapter focuses on regime security, the condition where governing elites are secure from violent challenges to their rule, and the unique security dilemma facing many developing countries. It first considers the security threats facing states with weak institutional and coercive capacity and lack of national cohesion — the so-called weak states — before describing the kinds of security strategies that weak-state elites often adopt to try and manage their predicament. In particular, it examines the weak states’ ‘insecurity dilemma’, a security environment in which the primary threats to security originate from internal rather than external sources. The chapter proceeds with an analysis of several competing theoretical explanations for how the weak state predicament arose and why it persists. It concludes with an assessment of international attempts to build security in weak states, along with the long-term prospects of transforming weak states into strong states.

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