The Proliferation Security Initiative: Making Waves in Asia

Overview

The Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI), launched initiated by US President Bush in May 2003, was designed to prevent elements of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) from reaching or leaving states or sub-state actors of proliferation concern. More than twenty countries now adhere to PSI principles.

Though the principal focus of the initiative is on North Korea, Japan and Singapore are the only active East Asian participants. Most WMD traffic moves by sea, and the focus of the...

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Overview

The Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI), launched initiated by US President Bush in May 2003, was designed to prevent elements of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) from reaching or leaving states or sub-state actors of proliferation concern. More than twenty countries now adhere to PSI principles.

Though the principal focus of the initiative is on North Korea, Japan and Singapore are the only active East Asian participants. Most WMD traffic moves by sea, and the focus of the PSI is on maritime interdictions and seizures. Although the PSI has had some significant successes, its aggressive promotion and implementation has been controversial. It has been criticised for lacking sufficient public accountability, stretching international law to the limits, undermining the UN system, potentially limited effectiveness and for being politically divisive. Moreover, Asian countries that are key to PSI's successful implementation - notably China, India, Indonesia and South Korea - have deferred active involvement despite US pressure

The complexities of the post-Cold War security environment in East Asia make implementation of the PSI problematic. Against the background of China's rise, Japan's drive to become a 'normal' power and major-power competition for influence in Southeast Asia, maritime security issues are rising to the fore. Jurisdiction is creeping seawards while national threat perceptions as well as concepts of sovereignty are diverge, elevating maritime sensitivities.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415395120
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/28/2006
  • Series: Adelphi Series, #376
  • Edition description: ANN
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Glossary 5
Introduction 7
Chapter 1 The Asian maritime security context 9
The rise of maritime security issues in Asia 10
A clash of sovereignties 12
'Creeping' jurisdiction 14
Different threat perceptions 18
Heightened maritime sensitivities 19
Chapter 2 The Proliferation Security Initiative 25
Origin and intent of the PSI 25
Relevant specific incidents 33
Chapter 3 Issues and options 39
Issues 39
Options and obstacles 46
Chapter 4 PSI politics and the way forward 57
US rationale and longer-term strategy 57
PSI-related political issues 60
Fundamental problems 68
Conclusions 71
Notes 75
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