Asian Approaches to Human Security

New Approaches to Human Security in the Asia-Pacific

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William T. Tow

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Book chapter

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William T. Tow, ‘Asian Approaches to Human Security’, in William T. Tow, David Walton and Rikki Kersten, eds, New Approaches to Human Security in the Asia-Pacific: China, Japan and Australia, Farnham: Ashgate, 2013, pp. 175-93.

A major concern of this chapter is to what extent we can find the ‘right fit’ for human-centric security approaches within the Asia-Pacific’s dominant state-centric security paradigm. Doing so is critical for realising the region’s stability. In the absence of such a ‘fit’, the peoples and states of the region are destined to remain mired within a narrow and highly neo-realist framework of unremitting regional crises and relentless state-centric competition. Such rivalries will intensify even while global security challenges are intensifying the imperative for regional states to diversify their security postures and readjust their strategic capabilities.

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