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Non-Traditional Security Challenges in Asia

Approaches and Responses, 1st Edition

Edited by Shebonti Ray Dadwal, Uttam Kumar Sinha

Routledge India

394 pages | 24 B/W Illus.

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Asia is challenged by a number of non-traditional security issues including the food–energy–water nexus, climate change, transnational crime, terrorism, disaster relief and economic performance. This volume categorizes and clarifies some key emerging issues in the area and looks at their interconnectedness and implications.

The essays explore how non-traditional issues can manifest as security challenges, and the role of the state and military in dealing with these. Issue-based and area-specific, they rely on facts and interpretation of data, avoiding alarmist predictions. A nuanced and analytical approach into an uncharted area, this book will be essential for policymakers, researchers and students of security and strategic studies, foreign policy, sociology and political economy, as well as the general readers.


'This volume presents a comprehensive picture of emerging non-traditional security issues. The papers, written by leading experts, call for urgent and timely action to save the planet . . . [e]lse, the very survival of the human civilization is at stake. The book is a must-read for security planners.' — Arvind Gupta, Deputy National Security Adviser, Government of India

Table of Contents

Introduction Shebonti Ray Dadwal and Uttam Kumar Sinha 1. Traditional and Non-Traditional Issues: Conceptual Framework P.K. Gautam 2. Traditional and Non-Traditional Security: Exploring Practical and Conceptual Challenges J. Jackson Ewing 3. Environmental Change: A Very Traditional Threat Cleo Paskal 4. Adaptation to Climate Change: Conflict Prevention through Expanded Vulnerability Assessments Dennis Taenzler 5. Food Security and Climate Change: Vulnerability in Indonesia/Bali Takeshi Takama 6. Prospects and Challenges of Hydro Diplomacy: Examining South Asia Uttam Kumar Sinha 7. River Diplomacy in Himalayan Asia: On the Way to Calamity? Robert G. Wirsing 8. Enhancing Water Security in Southeast Asia: The Case of the Mekong River Le Dinh Tinh 9. Transnational Crime Ali Jalali 10. Fighting Terrorism and Crime: A Human Security Perspective Arabinda Acharya 11. Are We Nearerto a Major CBRN Terrorism Threat? Ely Karmon 12. Management of Transnational Organised Crime: Towards Contextualization Molly Charles 13. India’s Role in the International Oil Market Vivek S. Mathur 14. Gulf’s Role in India’s Energy Security: Exploring Policy Options Samir Pradhan 15. Energy Security: The Eastern Mediterranean Case Yiorghos Leventis 16. Reforming the International Monetary System: An East Asian Perspective Meibo Huang and Aizong Xiong 17. The Evolving Multi-layered Global Financial Safety Net: Asia’s and India’s Role Pradumna B. Rana. Notes on Contributors. Index

About the Editors

Shebonti Ray Dadwal is Fellow and Head of the Non-Traditional Security Centre at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi, and Member of the Editorial Board, Strategic Analysis (Routledge). Prior to rejoining IDSA in 2005, she worked as Deputy Secretary at the National Security Council Secretariat. She has been a member of the CSCAP Study Group on Asia-Pacific Cooperation for Energy Security as well as the Confederation of Indian Industry’s Steering Committee on Energy. Her published books are The Geopolitics of America’s Energy Independence: Implications for China, India and the Global Energy Market (2013) and Rethinking Energy Security in India (2002).

Uttam Kumar Sinha is Fellow at IDSA and holds an adjunct position at the Malaviya Centre for Peace Research, Banaras Hindu University. At IDSA, he is the Managing Editor of Strategic Analysis (Routledge). He has been a Chevening Gurukul Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science, a CSCAP-India representative for the Study Group on Water Resources Security, and the Chair of Near East and South Asia Regional Network on Water Dispute Resolution Mechanism, National Defense University, Washington. His research areas focus on non-traditional aspects of security, especially climate change and transboundary water issues, and he has published widely.

Subject Categories

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