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Alexander Orakhelashvili

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199579846

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579846.001.0001

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The Identification of a Threat

The Identification of a Threat

(p.149) 4 The Identification of a Threat
Collective Security

Alexander Orakhelashvili (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter examines, in a comparative perspective, the institutional perceptions of threats to be addressed by collective security institutions, which provides the cause of action if collective security is ever to be set in motion. The notion of a ‘threat to the peace’ under Article 39 of the UN Charter is obviously of prominent importance; constituent elements of this notion are examined, including the interpretation of Article 39, Security Council's discretion, genuineness of a threat, and substantive content. It is also examined how the operation of Article 39 demonstrates the Security Council's subsidiary role to regional peace and security efforts. After this, the chapter proceeds to identify the parameters of threat perceptions of such organizations as EU, NATO, OAS, AU, SADC, and ECOWAS.

Keywords:   discretion, subsidiarity, security institutions, UN Charter, regional peace

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