Tue, Oct 13

POL 389-800, Security Studies
SUNY Oswego | Fall 2020
Dr. Craig Warkentin

Reading

  • Ch. 14, Regime Security (Krieg, 206-220)

Goals

  • Define/discuss regime security and contrast it to public security.
  • Identify the actors involved in, and/or affected by, regime security.
  • Compare and contrast the security interests of involved actors.
  • Assess prospects for constructive political change in weak states.

Terms

  • brute force (215)
  • civil society (209)
  • commissarism (211)
  • coup-proofing (210)
  • deep states (210)
  • elite accommodation (212)
  • exclusive regimes (216)
  • fragile states (207)
  • global North (207)
  • global South (207)
  • globalization (207)
  • insecurity dilemma (210)
  • monopoly over violence (207)
  • patronage (212)
  • public good (207)
  • regime security (207)
  • rent (208)
  • rentier states (213)
  • strongmen (209)
  • warlords (209)
  • weak states (207)

Participation

Preliminaries

Questions (219)

  1. What is the difference between public and regime security?
  2. What are the main security considerations of a weak state?
  3. What are the origins of weak statehood in the developing world?
  4. In what way do security challenges to weak states differ to those from strong states?
  5. To what extent do regimes in weak states often undermine their own security by trying to strengthen it?
  6. What are the effective coup-proofing measures adopted by regimes in weak states?
  7. What are the main internal and external obstacles to the development of sustainable governance in weak states?
  8. In what way have globalization and the end of the Cold War exacerbated regime insecurity?
  9. What are potential solutions to the collapse of statehood in the developing world?
  10. How far does the Assad regime represent a typical patrimonial regime in a weak state?