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WISI-RSIS Centre for NTS Studies Workshop on Non-Traditional Security

Date: 2 November 2009
Venue: Marina Mandarin Hotel, Singapore

Under the Warwick International Security Initiative (WISI), the RSIS Centre for Non-Traditional Security (NTS) Studies and the University of Warwick co-organised a day-long workshop on non-traditional security on 2 November 2009. This was one of three workshops held to mark the official launch of the Nanyang Technological University-Warwick Double Masters Programme in International Studies.

The WISI-Centre for NTS Studies workshop on non-traditional security provided an invaluable opportunity to showcase both European and Asian perspectives on non-traditional security (NTS) issues and to allow participants involved to identify best practices in tackling current NTS challenges. The growing importance and significance of NTS issues worldwide highlights a need for the international community to understand, prepare and devise innovative ways to respond to NTS challenges. Collaborative workshops such as this one are not only timely but was also useful in generating greater interaction and fostering dialogue between the Asian and European communities to address the various global NTS themes of energy security; economic underdevelopment; migration and human security; and food security.

Presentations and discussions during the workshop focused on a wide range of NTS topics. Session 1 focused on conceptual and theoretical issues that underpin NTS with relation to climate change and environmental security as well as the history of securitisation and its consequences on the securitisation of NTS issues. Session 2 concentrated on the energy security landscape in Southeast Asia with a special focus on nuclear energy, the role of civil society organisations in energy security in the region and the problematisation of energy security through government policy using the United Kingdom as a case study. Session 3’s presentations focused on food security challenges that arise in fisheries and aquaculture; as well as a presentation on the use of the Complexity Science theory to examine NTS issues. The final session examined labour migration trends of Southeast Asian women and the attendant human security concerns surrounding their international movements in addition to a presentation on the conceptual and policy benefits when considering economic security in Asia in relation to governance issues.

Click here to read the conference report on all three workshops.

 


Posted on: 2/11/2009 8:30:00 AM  |  Topic: Energy Security


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