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Research Project Monitor

1. Ford Foundation - Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies (IDSS) Program on Non-Traditional Security Issues in Southeast Asia.

The Program on Non-Traditional Security Issues in Southeast Asia administered by the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies at Nanyang Technological University is funded by the Ford Foundation. The objective of the program is to facilitate discussion on non-traditional aspects of security as they relate to Southeast Asia in the post-Cold War regional security environment.

Twenty-six researches focusing on key trends in non-traditional security in the context of the Southeast Asian region were commissioned on the basis of a competitive evaluation. These studies encompass aspects of globalization, regional institutions, governance in plural societies and environmental security in individual states or the region as a whole.

Two conferences were held in Singapore in 2000 in which the scholars presented and critiqued their work. The revised papers were published in an edited volume Non-Traditional Security Issues in Southeast Asia (Singapore: Select Publishing, 2001). Five separate working papers were also published in May 2001: Globalisation and its Implications for Southeast Asian Security: A Vietnamese Perspective, by Ngyuen Phuong Binh; Framework for Autonomy in Southeast Asia's Plural Societies by Miriam Coronel Ferrer; Burma: Protracted Conflict, Governance and Non-Traditional Security Issues by Ananda Rajah; Natual Resource Management and Environmental Security in Southeast Asia: Case Study of Clean water Supplies in Singapore by Kog Yue Choong; and Crisis and Transformation: ASEAN in the New Era by Etel Solingen. In addition, the Ford Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr Kenneth Boutin, will also be publishing a monograph entitled Staying the Course: States, Security, and Technological Globalization in East Asia (forthcoming).

A workshop on Non-Traditional Security Issues in Southeast Asia was held in Singapore in July 2001 to present the findings of the Program to a select group of senior military officers, academics and media representatives in the region so as to stimulate discussion and debate on non-traditional aspects of security in Southeast Asia. A pan-Asian conference "Asian Security in the 21st Century: Globalization, Environment and Governance?" was organized in collaboration with the Regional Center for Strategic Studies (Colombo, Sri Lanka) and the United Nations University (UNU) which are the South Asia and Northeast Asia coordinators of the Ford program on Non-Traditional Security Issues respectively. Some 50 scholars met in Singapore on 10-11 October 2001 to discuss the findings. The three centers involved, including IDSS, are currently awaiting the outcome of their proposals to the Ford Foundation for Phase Two funding.


2. UNU-Akino Memorial Research Project.

In March 1999, the Government of Japan contributed 100,000,000 to the United Nations University (UNU) in memory of Dr. Yutaka Akino, who was killed in July 1998 while on active service as a Civil Affairs Officer of the United Nations Mission of Observers in Tajikistan (UNMOT). The UNU and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) agreed that this Akino Donation would be used over a period of several years to support four separate activities related to late Dr. Akino's research and professional interests. Half of the money, or Japanese yen 50 million, is being used to fund, for 5 years, the "Akino Memorial Research Project" on Central Asia and neighboring regions where Dr. Akino had a keen academic and professional interest. The main purpose of this project is to help train young Japanese scholars in Central Asian studies.

1. Overall Theme of the Project: "Peace and Environment in Central Asia"
In line with the two main program areas of the UNU, "Peace and Governance" and "Environment and Sustainable Development," the Akino Research Fellowships will be awarded for research under the theme of "Peace and Environment in Central Asia." Under this theme, UNU will support work both on the political, economic and social factors affecting the prospects of peace and stability in the Central Asian countries, as well as a on environmental issues peculiar to the region, including the problem of decertification.

2. Selection of Akino Research Fellows
Young Japanese scholars, both post-doctoral fellows and Ph.D. candidates, are openly invited to apply by submitting

The Akino Research Fellowship Selection Committee with review the applications based on their academic quality, relevance to the overall theme of the program, originality, and suitability of the proposed work schedule. Based on the recommendations of the Akino Research Fellowship Selection Committee, UNU will award up to 5 scholarships of a maximum of 1.2 million Yen towards the field research components of the proposed research projects.

3. Core Research Scholars
A group of "Core Research Scholars" consisting of Japanese Central Asian specialists has been established to supervise the Akino Research Fellows. The Core Research Scholars will not only provide advice to the fellows while they are in Japan, but will also assist with identifying experts in Central Asia to cooperate in fellows' field study projects, as well as for further support during fellows' research work in Central Asia.

4. Obligations
Akino Research Fellows are to submit an interim report on their work progress, and a final report on their research projects along with a financial statement upon completion of their field studies. In addition, Akino Research Fellows are expected to contribute to research seminars on Central Asia organized by UNU, which will give them an opportunity to present and discuss their research results with the Core Research Scholars and other experts from Japan and abroad.

5. Schedule
Deadline for application ....................................................31 October 2001
Notification of selected fellows........................................15 December 2001
Orientation seminar for newly selected Akino Fellows....January 2002
Commencement of field studies........................................from March 2002

For further information please contact:

Ms. Asami Oishi
The United Nations University Headquarters
5-53-70 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8925, Japan
fax: 81-3-3499-2828
e-mail: oishi@hq.unu.edu website: http://www.unu.edu/hq/rector_office/events2001/events-2001.html