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Human Security in Southeast Asia

1st Edition

By Yukiko Nishikawa


210 pages

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There is a growing interest in human security in Southeast Asia. This book firstly explores the theoretical and conceptual basis of human security, before focusing on the region itself. It shows how human security has been taken up as a central part of security policy in individual states in Southeast Asia, as well as in the regional security policy within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The book discusses domestic challenges for human security including the insurgencies in southern Thailand, the Philippines and Indonesia. Transnational security issues such as terrorism, drugs, human trafficking and the situation in Burma are explored by the author, and the ‘ASEAN’ way of contrasting the values and approaches of Southeast Asian countries with those in the West is assessed. By focusing on the ongoing changes and efforts to achieve human security in Southeast Asia, this book contributes to theoretical debates on human security as well as regional studies on Southeast Asia.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Human Security: A New Label for Old Challenges? 2. Human Security in Southeast Asia at a Turning Point 3. Domestic Challenges for Human Security 4. Regional Challenges for Human Security 5. The ASEAN Way and Human Security Conclusion

About the Author

Yukiko Nishikawa is Associate Professor at Nagoya University, Japan. She was previously a lecturer in the Office of Human Rights and Social Development, Thailand. Among her research interests is conflict and peace in the Asia Pacific region, and her recent publications include "The ASEAN Way and Asian Regional Security" in Politics and Policy, Blackwell Publishing (2007) and Japan’s Changing Role in Humanitarian Crises, Routledge (2005).

About the Series

Routledge Security in Asia Pacific Series

Series editors: Leszek Buszynski and William Tow, both Australian National University


New security concerns are emerging in the Asia Pacific region as global players face challenges from rising great powers, all of which interact with confident middle powers in complicated ways. This series puts forward important new work on key security issues in the region. It embraces the roles of the major actors, their defense policies and postures and their security interaction over the key issues of the region. It includes coverage of the United States, China, Japan, Russia, the Koreas, as well as the middle powers of ASEAN and South Asia. It also covers issues relating to environmental and economic security as well as transnational actors and regional groupings.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies