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Contexto Internacional

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QUEIROZ, Fábio Albergaria de. Hydropolitics in the river plate basin in the context of the South American regional security complex: between conflict and cooperation (1960-1979). Contexto int. [online]. 2012, vol.34, n.2, pp.573-616. ISSN 0102-8529.  https://doi.org/10.1590/S0102-85292012000200007.

In many regions of the world, the multiple uses of transboundary fresh water have been seen as a critically important component for regional stability. This situation explains why, in many cases, water management has commonly become linked to national security concerns or other issues of a "high politics" nature. But, at what intensity? In search of answers for this question, this research analyzes the case of the River Plate Basin employing Barry Buzan's central concepts of securitization, securitizing actors, referent objects, Regional Security Complex (RSC) and the related concept of Hydropolitical Complex (HC) developed by Michael Schulz as a distinct form of RSC applicable on areas where water-related issues stand out as a salient feature in regional political dynamics.

Keywords : Hydropolitics; River Plate Basin; Hydropolitical Complex; International Security.

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