Broadening Asia's Security Discourse and Agenda: Political, Social and Environmental Perspectives

Broadening Asia's Security Discourse and Agenda: Political, Social and Environmental Perspectives

by Ramesh Thakur
     
 

ISBN-10: 9280810944

ISBN-13: 9789280810943

Pub. Date: 05/28/2004

Publisher: Brookings Institution Press

For most people in Asia—a continent with more than half of the world's population—the greatest threats to security come from disease, hunger, environmental contamination, crime, and localized violence. But for some, an even greater threat may come from their own government. The citizens of states that are "secure" according to the concept of traditional

Overview

For most people in Asia—a continent with more than half of the world's population—the greatest threats to security come from disease, hunger, environmental contamination, crime, and localized violence. But for some, an even greater threat may come from their own government. The citizens of states that are "secure" according to the concept of traditional security can be perilously insecure in terms of their everyday reality. Going beyond military threats and state-centric analysis, this book demonstrates the importance of a broad security agenda that incorporates political, economic, social, and environmental dimensions, as well as the many links between them. It applies non-traditional security perspectives to a range of human challenges across Asia to encourage a security discourse where humans are at the vital core. It also explores the potential practical and conceptual benefits of unconventional security thinking in a continent beset by both conventional and non-traditional security challenges.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789280810943
Publisher:
Brookings Institution Press
Publication date:
05/28/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)
Lexile:
1670L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

List of figuresvii
List of tablesviii
Acknowledgementsix
List of abbreviationsx
Introduction: Non-traditional security in Asia1
Part ISocial and economic perspectives17
1Globalization and human development: The cases of Pakistan and India19
2Southeast Asia's embedded mercantilism in crisis: International strategies and domestic coalitions47
3Poverty as a non-traditional security issue: Experiences of China's partnership with multilateral donor institutions on poverty alleviation72
Part IIGovernance97
4Security and governance in South Asia: Their linkages99
5Governance in plural societies: Sri Lanka119
Part IIIEnvironment145
6Sustainable development and human security: Lessons from South Asia147
7How critical is "environmental security" as a non-traditional security issue in Northeast Asia?174
8A cultural theory perspective on environment and security issues in Nepal196
9The hydro-politics of the Mekong River Basin: regional cooperation and environmental security209
Part IVInstitutional security perspectives243
10Alternative security models: Implications for ASEAN245
11Seeking non-traditional security in "traditional" ways: Northeast Asia and emerging security challenges270
12Cooperation and institutional transformation in ASEAN: Insights from the AFTA project279
13Non-traditional security cooperation in Northeast Asia306
Contributors340
Index342

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