This new Handbook is a comprehensive collection of cutting-edge essays on all aspects of Latin American Security by a mix of established and emerging scholars.

The Routledge Handbook of Latin American Security identifies the key contemporary topics of research and debate, taking into account that the study of Latin America’s comparative and international politics has undergone dramatic changes since the end of the Cold War, the return of democracy and the re-legitimization and re-armament of the military against the background of low-level uses of force short of war.

Latin America’s security issues have become an important topic in international relations and Latin American studies. This Handbook sets a rigorous agenda for future research and is organised into five key parts:

• The Evolution of Security in Latin America

• Theoretical Approaches to Security in Latin America

• Different 'Securities'

• Contemporary Regional Security Challenges

• Latin America and Contemporary International Security Challenges

With a focus on contemporary challenges and the failures of regional institutions to eliminate the threat of the use of force among Latin Americans, this Handbook will be of great interest to students of Latin American politics, security studies, war and conflict studies and International Relations in general.

chapter |7 pages


ByDavid R. Mares, Arie M. Kacowicz

part |21 pages

The evolution of security in Latin America

chapter |19 pages

Security Studies and Security in Latin America

The first 200 years
ByArie M. Kacowicz, David R. Mares

part |79 pages

Theoretical approaches to security in Latin America

chapter |11 pages

Geopolitics in Latin America, Old and New

ByDetlef Nolte, Leslie E. Wehner

chapter |12 pages

Neoliberal Institutionalism and Neofunctionalism in Latin American Security Studies

ByAndrés Malamud, Luis L. Schenoni

chapter |11 pages

Who Commands, Who Obeys, and Who Rebels

Latin American security in a peripheral-realist perspective
ByCarlos Escudé

chapter |11 pages

Securitization and the Limits of Democratic Security

ByArlene B. Tickner

chapter |10 pages

Gender in Security Studies

ByMarcela Donadio

chapter |11 pages

English School and Constructivism

ByFederico Merke

chapter |11 pages

Alternative Governance in Latin America

ByHarold Trinkunas, Anne Clunan

part |74 pages

Different ‘securities'

chapter |14 pages

Traditional Security

War and peace
ByCameron G. Thies

chapter |11 pages

Cooperative Security and Regional Governance

ByAndrés Serbin, Andrei Serbin Pont

chapter |11 pages

Citizen Security and Human Security in Latin America

ByDaniel M. Goldstein

chapter |12 pages

Alterity and Security

Culture and survival beyond the ‘Indian problem'
ByJosé Antonio Lucero

chapter |12 pages

Military Strategy in Latin America

ByGabriel Marcella

chapter |12 pages

Pluralistic Security Communities in Latin America

ByAndrea Oelsner

part |103 pages

Contemporary regional security challenges

chapter |10 pages

Relative Peace and Emerging Fault Lines

Accounting for trends in intrastate conflict in Latin America
ByCaroline A. Hartzell

chapter |13 pages

The Rise of Brazil

Concepts and comparisons
ByChristopher Darnton

chapter |11 pages

Guerrillas, Terrorists, or Criminals?

The new face of antistate violence in Latin America
ByRomán D. Ortiz

chapter |9 pages

Weapons of Mass Destruction

Will Latin America backtrack?
ByCarlo Patti

chapter |12 pages

The Politics of Arms Acquisitions in South America

Trends and research agenda 1
ByJorge Battaglino

chapter |12 pages

Latin American Militaries in the 21st Century

Civil-military relations in the era of disappearing boundaries
ByDeborah L. Norden

chapter |12 pages

Interstate Disputes

Militarized coercion and ‘peaceful settlement'
ByDavid R. Mares

chapter |11 pages

Illicit Threats

Organized crime, drugs, and small arms 1
ByPhil Williams

chapter |11 pages

Environmental Security and Disasters in Latin America and the Caribbean

A blind spot in research
ByGavin O’Toole

part |59 pages

Latin America and contemporary international security challenges

chapter |11 pages

The United States' Impact on Latin America's Security Environment

The complexities of power disparity 1
ByDavid R. Mares

chapter |11 pages

The Middle East and Latin America

Implications for Latin America's security
ByMaria Velez de Berliner

chapter |12 pages

Latin America's Experience with Peace Support Operations

From peacekeeping recipients to peace exporters
ByArturo C. Sotomayor

chapter |12 pages

Latin America in the New World Security Architecture

ByArie M. Kacowicz