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Study and Dialogue: Strengthening Nongovernmental Contributions to Regional Security Cooperation

2009—2015

In thinking about how to build security cooperation in Asia, experts have tended to focus almost exclusively on how states interact. However, evidence from around the world points to the fact that nongovernmental actors, particularly civil society organizations, are playing a growing role on security issues. This implies that they have important contributions to make in helping build regional cooperation and in complementing and strengthening like-minded governmental initiatives. JCIE conducted a study to explore how such nongovernmental initiatives can concretely contribute to regional security cooperation in East Asia.

Study Team 1: The Role of NGOs in Regional Security

From 2010 to 2014, a team of mid-career experts assessed what civil society organizations and networks are currently doing that contributes to regional security. The team carried out case studies in the fields of global health, disaster relief, human trafficking, piracy, and climate change to identify how civil society is contributing to efforts in regional cooperation in the fields of both traditional and nontraditional security.



Study Team 2: The Movement of People in East Asia and the Role of Civil SocietyAsia on the Move

According to the UN's International Migration Report 2013, migration within Asia grew by an average of 1.5 million migrants per year, with approximately 54 million people migrating from one Asian nation to another in 2013 for tourism, study, work, or marriage. While both economic and noneconomic activities motivate migration in Asia, there are numerous restrictions on immigration in each country and little binational or regional cooperation to date to address the relevant issues. Migrant workers, foreign spouses, and undocumented immigrants incur an enormous cost to overcome immigration restrictions, and are also excluded from various legal rights, placing them in a vulnerable position. As economic globalization and regional community building progress in East Asia, migration will continue to increase. The region's nations must work together to address the challenges posed by international migration.

In 2014–2015, researchers from Japan, Korea, China, Singapore, Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines, and Vietnam analyzed migration in their respective countries and investigated what kind of regional cooperation and networks would serve to build a safe and orderly immigration system in East Asia. In addition to quantitative research, they conducted qualitative research on how civil society within each country is addressing these challenges.

This program was made possible through a generous grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation as part of their Asia Security Initiative. The first study team was run in cooperation with CSIS Jakarta and the second one in cooperation with the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

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Study Team 1: Role of NGOs in Regional Security


Conceptualization of Security


Global Health


Disaster Relief and Humanitarian Assistance


Piracy


Climate Change and Energy


Study Team 2: Movement of People in East Asia


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