Collective Security Research Paper by Nicky

A look at collective security's affect on state sovereignty and its implications for the past, present and future.
# 146585 | 1,232 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Jan 04, 2011 in International Relations (General)

$19.95 Buy and instantly download this paper now


This paper discusses whether collective security is a way for nations to protect themselves against common enemies, or whether it is just colonialism repackaged to look appealing. The paper attempts to examines this concept through two perspectives - through historical exploration and future speculation. It concludes that collective security agreements do not pose a threat to sovereignty, although future collective security strategies may not be able to claim this feat.

Identification of the Term Collective Security
Collective Security and Sovereignty in History
Collective Security and State Sovereignty in the Future

From the Paper:

"According to Stromberg (2008), collective security "may be defined as a plan for maintaining peace through an organization of sovereign states, whose members pledge themselves to defend each other against attack" (para 1). Thus, by definition, collective security is a conglomeration of "sovereign states," or states who perpetuate their own governance. Collective security agreements are probably the most famous examples of hard power multinational conflict management in recent history. While states often use soft power methods of multinational conflict management, such as forming informal alliances, launching media campaigns to increase a state's popularity within a region, and arranging meetings among sovereign leaders, collective security agreements, which are formal and legally binding, are most often relied upon as a means of hard power exertion. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Hamilton, Lee H. "21st Century Collective Security." Woodrow Wilson's International Center for Scholars. 2009. 6 March 2009. <>
  • "League of Nations: Background." History Learning Site. 2000-2008. 6 March 2009. <>
  • Stromberg, Roland N. "Collective Security." Encyclopedia of American Foreign Policy. 2008. 6 March 2009. <>

Cite this Research Paper:

APA Format

Collective Security (2011, January 04) Retrieved August 16, 2022, from

MLA Format

"Collective Security" 04 January 2011. Web. 16 August. 2022. <>