Lessons from the Asia-Pacific
Evangelos Fanoulis

6 The European Union’s approach to human security: lessons from the Asia-Pacific Evangelos Fanoulis This is a world of new dangers but also of new opportunities. The European Union has the potential to make a major contribution, both in dealing with the threats and in helping realise the opportunities. An active and capable European Union would make an impact on a global scale. (Council of the EU, 2003) Introduction The EU, representing its member-states and in co-operation with them, has pursued a foreign policy agenda that extends well beyond the European

in The European Union in the Asia-Pacific
Challenges and opportunities

This book explores the evolving African security paradigm in light of the multitude of diverse threats facing the continent and the international community today and in the decades ahead. It challenges current thinking and traditional security constructs as woefully inadequate to meet the real security concerns and needs of African governments in a globalized world. The continent has becoming increasingly integrated into an international security architecture, whereby Africans are just as vulnerable to threats emanating from outside the continent as they are from home-grown ones. Thus, Africa and what happens there, matters more than ever. Through an in-depth examination and analysis of the continent’s most pressing traditional and non-traditional security challenges—from failing states and identity and resource conflict to terrorism, health, and the environment—it provides a solid intellectual foundation, as well as practical examples of the complexities of the modern African security environment. Not only does it assess current progress at the local, regional, and international level in meeting these challenges, it also explores new strategies and tools for more effectively engaging Africans and the global community through the human security approach.

This book addresses some of the neglected problems, people and vulnerabilities of the Asia-Pacific region. It talks about emancipation, human security, 'security politics', language and threat-construction. The book is divided into three sections: agents; strategies and contexts; and futures. The first section outlines a range of possible agents or actors potentially capable of redressing individual suffering and vulnerability in the region. It examines East Asian regional institutions and dynamics of regionalism as potential sources of 'progressive' security discourses and practices. There is focus on the progressive security potential of regional institutions and regionalism has become increasingly prominent in literature on security in the Asia-Pacific. Two common interpretations of the role of epistemic communities in the construction of security are contested: that they are either passive sources of governmental legitimacy, or autonomous agents with the capacity of constructing or creating state interests. The second section reviews strategies and contexts, outlining a range of different sites of insecurity in the region, the ways in which dominant security discourses and practices emerge, and the extent to which such discourses are contested in different contexts. Indonesian government's approach to minority groups and separatism, the issue of civil unrest and human rights abuses in Burma, and the Australian government's attitude towards refugees and asylum-seekers are discussed. The third section deals with security futures, specifically discussing the question of what alternative security discourses and practices might look like. Finally, the book outlines a feminist critical security discourse and examines its applicability to the Asia-Pacific region.

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Interpreting Violence on Healthcare in the Early Stage of the South Sudanese Civil War
Xavier Crombé and Joanna Kuper

broke out in Juba. On 21 December, after three days of fighting at the Unity and That Jat oil fields and inside the headquarters of the local SPLA Division, its Commander Major General, James Koang Chol, announced he had defected and deposed the Governor of Unity state, thus taking control of Bentiu and other cities in the area ( Human Security Baseline Assessment for Sudan and South Sudan, 2014 : 6). After partially evacuating its team on 20 December, MSF-H adapted its

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Conflict, displacement and human security in Burma (Myanmar)
Hazel J. Lang

. The prolonged and chronic security challenges in the Burmese borderlands resonate with key human security challenges in contemporary conflict in the wider Asia Pacific region and globally. As Andrew Mack ( 2004 : 366) highlights, the realist focus on the state as the referent object of security is of little utility in explaining the civil wars that now constitute 95 per cent of all armed

in Critical Security in the Asia-Pacific
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Emancipating security in the Asia-Pacific?
Simon Dalby

Asia-Pacific lessons? T HE CHAPTERS IN this volume tell various stories about security and states in the Asia-Pacific, and about human security or insecurity in a diverse region. Indeed how one might understand this diversity as a region at all is an implicit question in all, and an explicit question in some

in Critical Security in the Asia-Pacific
Stephen Emerson and Hussein Solomon

its people’s willingness to embrace new definitions and concepts about the meaning of security in the twenty-first century, because these ideas will ultimately provide a framework for moving forward. In recent years the human security approach has gained widespread acceptance as the future of security in Africa. Its comprehensive approach and inclusiveness is critical in an increasingly globalized world where the continent plays a greater security role and takes on more responsibilities. While certainly not a panacea for all of Africa or the world’s security ills

in African security in the twenty-first century
Making environmental security ‘critical’ in the Asia-Pacific
Lorraine Elliott

literature is inspired by a concern with human security, often seen as an antidote to more traditional security emphases and one that could support non-statist conceptions and alternative futures. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), whose 1995 Human Development Report impelled the term into the international lexicon, understood human security as ‘a concern with human

in Critical Security in the Asia-Pacific
Rethinking Europe’s strategies and policies
Authors: Weiqing Song and Jianwei Wang

Since the mid-1990s, the European Union has defined the Asia-Pacific as one of its key strategic targets on its ambitious road towards global power. The EU has ever since made consistent efforts to implement strategies, policies and activities in the Asia-Pacific. Over the past decades, big changes have taken place on both sides and the wider world. It is high time to evaluate the EU’s performance in its Asian policy. In fact, the EU is at crossroads with its Asia Pacific policy. On several aspects, the EU is compelled to redefine its interests and roles, and rethink its strategies and policies towards the dynamic and ever-important Asia-Pacific region of the contemporary world. This volume addresses this theme, by elaborating the general context, major issues and countries in the EU’s Asia-Pacific policy. It covers issues and areas of traditional security, economy and trade, public diplomacy, and human security and focuses on the EU’s relations with China, Japan, the ASEAN countries and Australasia.

Julie Gilson

prevalent conceptualization of security may occur as nascent debates over human security begin to take root. A constructivist view of how the regional security discourse is sustained and embodied in regional institutions illustrates how the very process of security interaction may embed ideas about security within particular communities. Indeed, it may alter the very identity of the

in Critical Security in the Asia-Pacific