“Issues for Engagement: Asian Perspectives on Transnational Security Challenges,” edited by David Fouse, is the latest book published by the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies.

According to Fouse, “The chapters in this volume analyze security priorities at the individual country level and gauge each country’s attempts at bilateral and multilateral security cooperation on transnational security challenges. Our intention is to provide policymakers and other government officials with a useful and convenient reference tool to draw upon to engage specific countries in the Asia-Pacific region.”

Chapters covering Cambodia, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Singapore and Malaysia, India, Sri Lanka, Japan, South Korea, Russia, Oceania and Afghanistan were completed.  Although a chapter on China was initially intended to be included, the departure of an APCSS faculty member committed to writing this chapter left that country uncovered for this volume.

Each author looked at governmental priorities in a country under study with respect to transnational security challenges and assessed whether these priorities and the resources applied sufficiently address the threats these challenges pose today. In this context, authors explored how emerging transnational security challenges may influence the security environment of the region and U.S. relationships (including alliances and strategic partnerships) in the Asia-Pacific during coming years.

Some of the questions covered in this volume include:

  • What are the most significant transnational security challenges for this country?
  • How do transnational security challenges stack up against traditional security threats for that country’s security planners?
  • What steps has the country taken unilaterally, bilaterally or multilaterally in order to cope with these challenges?
  • What are the most important “next steps” for this country to take?
  • Are the transnational security challenges this country faces of any consequence for the U.S.?
  • Is the country willing/interested in engaging with the U.S. to deal with these issues?


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The views expressed in these articles are those of the authors and do not reflect the official policy or position of APCSS, the U.S. Pacific Command, the U.S. Department of Defense, or the U.S. government.