"This monograph argues that until there is a positive alignment between political security and human security, the region will continue to face a human security crisis. In attempting to explain the absence of deep integration, the monograph borrows insights from comparative political economy and argues that states in the region view regionalisation as an extension of domestic politics. As such, they must maintain a precarious balance between the potential long-term gains of regionalisation and the perceived short-term political cost to their survival. Furthermore, regionalisation in Central Africa has become a mechanism more often than not used to enhance regime security rather than human security."