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The eleven essays presented by the editors (of the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies, Nanyang Technological U., Singapore) report on the results of Ford Foundation-funded research projects in the field of non-traditional security in Asia, which goes beyond the traditional state-centric focus on military threats by looking at non-military threats, recognizing the transnational nature of such threats, and including human collectivities and other referents alongside the state. The studies explore the dynamics of securitization in Asia, terrorism in South Asia, capacity building in China, development gaps and economic security in the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, globalization and pluralism in East Asia, securitization of irregular migration in South Asia, gender and non-traditional formulations of security in South Asia, and non-traditional security issues in fisheries in Southeast Asia. Distributed in the US by ISBS. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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The security challenges confronting Asia today go beyond the traditional dimensions of security and tend to be more diverse than what the region has ever known before. Issues like infectious diseases, trafficking in illegal drugs, irregular migration, environmental degradation, financial crises, and natural disasters are increasingly being treated as pressing concerns with serious security implications. Such concerns pose threats to the national sovereignty and territorial integrity of nation-states as well as to the welfare and security of their respective societies and individuals. Consisting of a collection of essays, this volume presents current trends and research directions in non-traditional security in Asia. It is structured around research projects undertaken by various research institutes in the region, showcasing their major findings and highlighting key implications for the field of non-traditional security studies.
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