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Securitization in China and Pakistan’s Frontier Regions A Comparative Account of Regional Security Discourses

Burns, Alexander LU (2012) SIMV07 20121
Graduate School
Abstract (Swedish)
This thesis utilizes securitization theory in a comparative analysis of security discourses in both the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and Peoples Republic of China by looking at how actors in both states frame and respond to security issues relating to the respective frontier regions of Khyber- pakhtun and Xinjiang The purpose of which has been to produce a paper addressing the complexities that arise for peripheral regions that are expected to fit into large multi-ethnic states and how new security discourses are developing in Central Asia. Using securitization theory means this thesis also contributes to the growing understanding of how securitization theory can apply to regimes outside the liberal western model. This thesis has found... (More)
This thesis utilizes securitization theory in a comparative analysis of security discourses in both the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and Peoples Republic of China by looking at how actors in both states frame and respond to security issues relating to the respective frontier regions of Khyber- pakhtun and Xinjiang The purpose of which has been to produce a paper addressing the complexities that arise for peripheral regions that are expected to fit into large multi-ethnic states and how new security discourses are developing in Central Asia. Using securitization theory means this thesis also contributes to the growing understanding of how securitization theory can apply to regimes outside the liberal western model. This thesis has found that Pakistan has a highly complex set of securitization characteristics something, which stems from the unique relationship that exists between the military and the government as well as its lack of economic development. This has lead to a peculiar fusion of the state, national and Islam in a way that promotes a highly volatile and contested security discourse. In comparison to this this paper finds that the Chinese state is a more coherent actor to analyze with Securitization theory then first thought. The unitary nature of the Chinese state means that the central party and the military essentially act as one actor in securitization Uyghur Autonomous Region. Theoretically this paper successfully applied Copenhagen School methodology to the novel cases in a way that expands securitization studies as a research project. (Less)
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author
Burns, Alexander LU
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SIMV07 20121
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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keywords
Securitization, Copenhagen School, China, Pakistan, Frontier, Security, Xinjiang, Khyber-Pakhtun
language
English
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3048176
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2012-09-04 11:35:57
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  abstract     = {This thesis utilizes securitization theory in a comparative analysis of security discourses in both the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and Peoples Republic of China by looking at how actors in both states frame and respond to security issues relating to the respective frontier regions of Khyber- pakhtun and Xinjiang	The purpose of which has been to produce a paper addressing the complexities that arise for peripheral regions that are expected to fit into large multi-ethnic states and how new security discourses are developing in Central Asia. Using securitization theory means this thesis also contributes to the growing understanding of how securitization theory can apply to regimes outside the liberal western model. This thesis has found that Pakistan has a highly complex set of securitization characteristics something, which stems from the unique relationship that exists between the military and the government as well as its lack of economic development. This has lead to a peculiar fusion of the state, national and Islam in a way that promotes a highly volatile and contested security discourse. In comparison to this this paper finds that the Chinese state is a more coherent actor to analyze with Securitization theory then first thought. The unitary nature of the Chinese state means that the central party and the military essentially act as one actor in securitization Uyghur Autonomous Region. Theoretically this paper successfully applied Copenhagen School methodology to the novel cases in a way that expands securitization studies as a research project.},
  author       = {Burns, Alexander},
  keyword      = {Securitization,Copenhagen School,China,Pakistan,Frontier,Security,Xinjiang,Khyber-Pakhtun},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Securitization in China and Pakistan’s Frontier Regions A Comparative Account of Regional Security Discourses},
  year         = {2012},
}