This research seeks to make a three-fold impact:
To anchor the concept of regional security culture in the security studies literature;
To contribute to an understanding of the importance of 'culture' in the study of regional organisations;
To shape the 'middle ground' in debates about the effectiveness or inefficacy and legitimacy of regional organisations in meeting transnational security threats.
We would also hope that the user community, particularly the media and non-governmental organisations, appreciates how security cultures may both enable and constrain state actors in seeking to advance human and state security.