Desecuritization through Integration: A State Functionality Perspective

Author: megi / Date: 17-02-2015 /

Desecuritization through Integration: A State Functionality Perspective

The security landscape of the Western Balkans has been significantly altered by the emergence of the new state of Kosovo, NATO expansion, as well as developments within the Stabilisation and Association framework the region is in. The link between integration processes (in the domestic, regional and European level), state functionality and desecuritisation of the region’s states and societies is clear. The context that spurred international actor focus on state building, accompanied by an international security and peace-keeping presence in the region, has now changed however. The global economic crisis is far from being a negligible factor too. The effects of the crisis have begun to be felt in the region later than in other parts of the world. Economic downfall is a known factor in security concerns however. The effects of the world economic crisis in state functionality can no longer be ignored in the regional security and development analysis.
Such significant changes call for a detailed re-assessment of the integration-state functionality-security dynamic at the domestic and regional level. The purpose of the joint project – research and workshop,- was to observe the policy implications at the regional level in the above mentioned context and to produce a reassessment of state functionality as the centrality of integration processes and desecuritisation, in the Western Balkan.
Joint workshop of the AIIS, The Austrian Ministry of Defence and the PfP Consortium of Defence Academies and Securities Studies Institutes Group