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The Independence of Kosovo in the Light of the Regional Security Complex Theory

Domenii publicaţii > Ştiinţe politice + Tipuri publicaţii > Articol în revistã ştiinţificã

Autori: Adrian Pop

Editorial: European Journal of Science and Theology, Volume 9, Supplement 2, June, p.105-114, 2013.


Regional security complex theory posits that whereas in the early 1990s the Balkans seemed to become a separate regional security complex, in fact it was a case of overlay. Starting with the Kosovo war the Balkans became a sub-complex within the EU-European regional security complex. Taking as a case study the fact that the West’s recognition of Kosovo’s unilateral declaration of independence in February 2008 backfired in the post-Soviet space with Russia’s unilateral recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia against the background of the Russian-Georgian war in August 2008, the paper points to the security interdependence between the Balkans and the Caucasus as sub-complexes of the EU-Europe and post-Soviet regional security complexes, respectively. As the great powers’ projection of their power into adjacent regions and the interregional security dynamics are defining characteristics of a super-complex, the case study confirms the regional security complex theory.

Cuvinte cheie: regional security complex theory, Kosovo, Balkans, Caucasus