n African Journal on Conflict Resolution - Community in insecurity : SADC's struggle for peace and security in Southern Africa, Laurie Nathan : book review

Volume 12, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1562-6997


What are the reasons for the Southern African Development Community's (SADC's) failure to establish a viable security regime and engage in effective peacemaking? Has SADC attained, or is it likely in the foreseeable future to attain, the status of a security community? Laurie Nathan, who served as an advisor for the Southern African Development Community for several years, answers these questions in his book Community of insecurity. He gives a defined understanding of the establishment of SADC, its problems as well as its failures. He analyses the stated goals and objectives of the organisation and argues that SADC was not very successful in relation to them. His book aims to explain the reasons for this failure.

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