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Collective Security

Elsevier Inc.
DOI: 10.1016/b978-012373985-8.00029-5
  • Alliances
  • Anarchy
  • Collective Security
  • Liberalism
  • United Nations
  • League Of Nations
  • Concert
  • Collective Defense
  • Realism
  • Self-Help
  • Sovereignty
  • Public Good
  • Collective Action Problem


This article examines the concept of collective security, tracing its mixed successes during the League of Nations following World War I to its more successful uses via the United Nations historically through today. Through brief discussions of the Korean War and the 1991 Gulf War, the concept of collective security is examined in the context of balance of power, alliances, burden sharing, and the contrasting notion of collective defense. The article concludes with a discussion of the future of collective security in the post-Cold War era, particularly given the dynamics of NATO expansion.

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