A range of “new security challenges,” including international terrorism, ethnic strife, environmental degradation, resource depletion, overpopulation, migration, and drug trafficking, have been the source of growing global concern in the wake of the cold war. While these issues are hardly new, the explicit characterization of them as security issues is a relatively recent development. With the goal of broadening international understanding of how these challenges are perceived and addressed, JCIE commissioned 12 scholars under the direction of Paul Stares, senior research fellow at the Japan Institute of International Affairs and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, to survey and assess current thinking, policy, and research concerning these issues in 11 key countries and regions. Each researcher provided a background report for discussion at the Asia Pacific Agenda Project Forum in Bali in January 1997 and the Global ThinkNet meeting in Washington DC in March 1997. The resulting report represents the first global survey of its kind covering the new security challenges.



TATSUO AKANEYA, Associate Professor, Institute of Policy and Planning Sciences, University of Tsukuba


YU XIAOQIU, Deputy Director, Division for World Development and Change Studies, China Institute of Contemporary International Relations


CHUNG-IN MOON, Professor of Political Science and Dean, Graduate School of International Studies, Yonsei University

ASEAN Region

JULAPORN EUARUKSKUL, Associate Professor, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Thammasat University

Southwest Pacific

JIM ROLFE, Associate Director, Master of International Relations Program, Victoria University

South Asia

IFTEKHARUZZAMAN, Executive Director, Regional Centre for Strategic Studies (RCSS), Sri Lanka

North America

P.J. SIMMONS, Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
ANN FLORINI, Resident Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Former Soviet Union

SERGEI MEDVEDEV, Research Fellow, Finnish Institute of International Affairs

Latin America

MÓNICA SERRANO, Professor, Centro de Estudios Internacionales, El Colegio de Mexico

Western Europe

ALESSANDRO POLITI, Consultant, Italian Defence Ministry

Middle East

KAMAL SHEHADI, Director of Research, Lebanese Centre for Policy Research