3rd keynote speaker: Roberto Dominguez

PHISO is very honored to have Professor Roberto Dominguez as one of the keynote speakers for the 3rd international conference on November 09-10, 2019 in Cebu City. To register for the conference, click here. July 31, 2019 is the deadline of registration.


Finding Sustainable Security Governance in Latin America:
Theory, Practice and Lessons

This talk argues that one of the persistent analytical challenges in International Relations is how to reconcile global security challenges and the variety of priorities in the regional agendas in order to develop instruments to prevent or ameliorate potential or current sources of disruption to stability and peace. More precisely, polycentric systems of security governance, which, along the lines of several regional security approaches, explain common threats and risks usually composed by a number of security nodes or regional/global consensuses that are independent of one another, but take account of each other in relationships of co-operation or conflict and where no single node dominates all the rest. In order to illustrate the premises of the analysis, the talk focuses on the case of Latin America, which experiences high levels of inequality and violence. The Latin American subcontinent conceives national, regional and international security through its historical and geopolitical lenses, setting security priorities and consensuses that differ to other actors and regions. In contrast to the United States, for example, nuclear threats or terrorism are not ranked as top security priorities of Latin American countries. Nonetheless, similar to other countries in the global south, a common denominator across Latin America, Africa and some Asian sub-regions is the overall concern with security issues related to economic and political development (and underdevelopment), and the so-called domestic insecurity dilemma.


Roberto Dominguez is Professor of International Relations at Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts. He was Jean Monnet fellow at the European University Institute in Florence and Researcher at the European Union Center of Excellence of University of Miami. His current research interest is on comparative regional security governance, security governance in Latin America and European Union-Latin American Relations. Some of his publications include: Security Governance and Regional Organizations (with Emil Kirchner, Routledge, 2011); EU Foreign Policy Towards Latin America (Palgrave, 2015); “Global Governance in the United States” (in Global Governance from Regional Perspectives: A Critical View, Anna Triandafyllidou, Oxford University Press, 2017). “External Powers in Asia” (with Bjørnar Sverdrup-Thygeson, for EU-Asia Security and Trade, forthcoming in 2020); and Regional Security Governance in Latin America (with Andrea Oelsner forthcoming in 2020). Professor Dominguez has also contributed as consultant for projects for the European Parliament and the European Commission. Currently is Senior Editor of the upcoming Encyclopedia of European Union Politics (Oxford University Press). Professor Dominguez is the Executive Secretary of the World International Studies Committee (WISC).

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