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Non-Traditional Security in Asia

Dilemmas in Securitization, 1st Edition

By Ralf Emmers

Edited by Mely Caballero-Anthony


272 pages

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The security issues confronting Asia are both complex and diverse. Given the increasing trend towards an expanding security agenda beyond the military dimension of inter-state relations, this volume provides an extensive study of emerging non-traditional challenges to this region. New realities and new challenges have come to the fore including environmental degradation, illegal immigration, infectious diseases, transnational crime, poverty and underdevelopment. Drawing upon the concepts of securitization and de-securitization, this book brings together regional perspectives from across Asia to examine how these challenges are perceived and managed. It is a valuable contribution to both security and Asian studies and will be ideally suited to those interested in security studies, international relations and development studies.


'A much needed empirically rich addition to the securitization literature. This book is much more than a coverage of NTS in Asia, it develops, problematises and enriches our understanding of the securitization/desecuritization process. The theoretical developments are on their own invaluable but its application to Asia addresses one of the critiques of securitization - that it is Euro-centric - and in so doing this volume helps to elucidate that critique.' Alan Collins, University of Wales Swansea, UK '…this volume is a collection of solid research work which succeeds in bringing together regional perspectives and examining how they are perceived and managed.' Journal of Comparative Asian Development '…likely to pose greater challenge and stimulation to advanced students who would like to srestle with the linkage between theory and practice, and with ideas between the East and West.' Australasian Journal of Human Security '…this is a useful extension of the scholarship on securitization and an interesting set of analyses on a range of understudied challenges in Asian security.' Pacific Affairs '…the volume is an extremely valuable contribution to the study of post-1989 security considerations in Asia. The erudite perspectives presented by the authors respond to a nascent requirement to initiate a process of contextualizing the evaluation of global experiences.' Political Studies Review

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Understanding the dynamics of securitizing non-traditional security, Mely Caballero-Anthony and Ralf Emmers; Securitization matrix in South Asia: Bangladeshi migrants as enemy alien, Priyankar Upadhyaya; Malaysia's approach to Indonesian migrant labor: securitization, politics or catharsis?, Joseph Chinyong Liow; Securitizing Piracy in Southeast Asia: Malaysia, the International Maritime Bureau and Singapore, J.N. Mak; Securitizing small arms and drug trafficking in Indonesia, Riefqi Muna; Disease and the complex processes of securitization in the Asia-Pacific, Peter Chalk; Securitizing the AIDS issue in Asia, Ilavenil Ramiah; Securitizing health in violence affected areas of Indonesia, Samsu Rizal Panggabean; Poverty and the role of NGOs in protecting human security in Indonesia, Bob Hadiwinata; China in the Mekong river basin: the regional security implications of resource development on the Lancang Jiang, Evelyn Goh; Securitization in Asia: functional and normative implications, Amitav Acharya; Index.

About the Author/Editor

Amitav Acharya is Deputy Director and Head of Research at the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. His areas of specialisation include regionalism and multilateralism, Asian regional security and international relations theory. Mely Caballero-Anthony is Assistant Professor and IDSS-FORD Project Coordinator of Non-Traditional Security at the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Her areas of specialisation include regionalism and multilateralism, non-traditional security, human security, comparative politics and international relations of Southeast Asia. Ralf Emmers is Assistant Professor and Deputy Head of Studies at the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. His research interests include security studies, international institutions and regionalism in Asia Pacific.

About the Series

Global Security in a Changing World

Global Security in a Changing World
Globalisation is changing the world dramatically, and a very public debate is taking place about the form, extent and significance of these changes. At the centre of this debate lie conflicting claims about the forces and processes shaping security. As a result, notions of inequality, poverty and the cultural realm of identity politics have all surfaced alongside terrorism, environmental changes and bio-medical weapons as essential features of the contemporary global political landscape. In this sense, the debate on globalisation calls for a fundamental shift from a status quo political reality to one that dislodges states as the primary referent, and instead sees states as a means and not the end to various security issues, ranging from individual security to international terrorism. More importantly, centred at the cognitive stage of thought, it is also a move towards conceiving the concept of insecurity in terms of change. The series attempts to address this imbalance by encouraging a robust and multi-disciplinary assessment of the asymmetrical nature of globalisation. Scholarship is sought from areas such as: global governance, poverty and insecurity, development, civil society, religion, terrorism and globalisation.

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