Updated October 31, 2018

Dr. Christopher Snedden photoRegional Security Architecture: Some Terms and Organizations” by Dr. Christopher Snedden serves as a primer for those studying the Indo-Asia-Pacific-Region.

“I wrote this document to try and better understand what security activities and bodies actually exist in the Asia-Pacific Region,” said Snedden. “In my research, I also hadn’t found a similar document anywhere else that provided such details about what is a complex subject.  There are many security bodies in the Asia-Pacific Region and producing this document really helped me to understand the complexity and inter-connectedness of regional security architecture.”

The document discusses many—but not all—of the commonly used terms and bodies associated with regional security architecture.

Each year more than 1,000 Fellows participate in courses at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies.   According to Snedden he hopes that this documents serves as a brief reference to inform and help Fellows to better understand these matters.

The document is available online here.


Dr. Christopher Snedden is a Professor, Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies. The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of DKI APCSS, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.


The Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies is a Department of Defense institute that addresses regional and global security issues. Military and civilian representatives, most from the United States and Asia-Pacific nations, participate in a comprehensive program of executive education, professional exchanges and outreach events, both in Hawaii and throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

The Center supports U.S. Pacific Command by developing and sustaining relationships among security practitioners and national security establishments throughout the region. APCSS’ mission is to build capacities and communities of interest by educating, connecting and empowering security practitioners to advance Asia-Pacific security. It is one of the Department of Defense’s five regional security studies centers.

Since opening in 1995, more than 10,400 alumni representing over 122 countries and territories have attended DKI APCSS courses and workshops