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Title: From deregulation to decentering in the South Atlantic and the construction of «Lusofonia»
Authors: Guedes, Armando Marques
Keywords: South Atlantic
security architecture
threat-perception and securitization
Atlântico Sul
Arquitectura de segurança
Percepção de ameaças e securitização
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: OBSERVARE. Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa
Citation: Marques Guedes, Armando (2012). "From deregulation to decentering in the South Atlantic and the construction of «Lusofonia»”.JANUS.NET e-journal of International Relations. Vol. 3, n.º 1 (Spring 2012), pp. 1-36. Accessed [online] on (date of last viewing),
Abstract: The papel shall rest on the geopolitics of the evolving security situation in the southern reaches of the Atlantic, and what this means for Portuguese and Lusophone interests. It will focus, mainly, on the growing threats the region faces and the risks of a rapid degradation which could result from the simultaneous ever louder affirmation of both regional and extra-regional players (State and non-State ones) and the glaring absence of an overarching security architecture there. Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, South Africa, Angola and Nigeria (to take a few obvious examples) have to contend with a growing US, Russian, and Chinese presence in the area, a presence with an ever-increasing clout economic, political, and military. Geostrategically, the region is subdivided into four sub-regions, as concerns these enhanced tensions, each raising thorny issues of its own. Special attention is given to Brazilian, Cape Verdian and Angolan interests and responses to this, and on the role Portuguese foreign policy has been playing in the developing and emergent regional tensions, potential and actual. The role of multilateral organization and coalitions, and the various degrees of formality of objectives they display, is also touched upon, albeit only lightly. More than simply on hard economic, political, and military data, the analysis endeavours to take stock of the discursive dimension of threats and tensions in the four sub-regions identified in the South Atlantic.
Peer Reviewed: yes
ISSN: 1647-7251
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