The New Security Agenda: A Global Survey

Paul B. Stares, ed.
August 1998

In the wake of the cold war, a host of issues loosely termed “new security challenges” have become the focus of growing concern worldwide. Typically comprising international terrorism, ethnic strife, environmental degradation, food and energy scarcities, drug trafficking, unchecked population growth, uncontrolled migration, and organized crime, these can hardly be considered especially new problems. The explicit characterization and treatment of them as security issues, however, is a relatively recent development.

Whether such problems are appropriate subjects for security policy and what priority they should be afforded relative to traditional military-related concerns are questions that have ignited an intense and contentious debate in many countries. In an important contribution to this debate, The New Security Agenda takes stock of how attitudes toward the meaning of security are changing around the world and in particular how the principal “new” security issues are perceived in key countries and regions. With individual chapters on the ASEAN region, China, Japan, Latin America, the Middle East, North America, South Asia, South Korea, the countries of the Southwest Pacific, the former Soviet Union, and Western Europe, this book is the first truly global survey of its kind.

The volume, published by the Japan Center for International Exchange, is edited by Paul B. Stares, author of Global Habit: The Drug Problem in a Borderless World. Dr. Stares is currently a senior research fellow at the Japan Institute of International Affairs in Tokyo and a nonresident senior fellow of the Brookings Institution in Washington DC. This research was conducted under the “New Security Agenda” project as part of the Asia Pacific Agenda Project (APAP).


1. Foreword
Yamamoto Tadashi, President, Japan Center for International Exchange
2. Introduction
Paul B. Stares, Senior Research Fellow at the Japan Institute of International Affairs in Tokyo and Nonresident Senior Fellow of the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.
3. North America
Ann M. Florini, Resident Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
P. J. Simmons, Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
4. Former Soviet Union
Sergei Medvedev, Research Fellow, Finnish Institute of International Affairs
5. Western Europe
Alessandro Politi, Consultant for the Italian Defence Ministry and for private research institutes
6. Middle East
Kamal S. Shehadi, Director, Lebanese Centre for Policy Research
7. Latin America
Monica Serrano, Professor, Centro de Estudios Internacionales, El Colegio de Mexico
8. Japan
Akaneya Tatsuo, Associate Professor, Institute of Policy and Planning Sciences, University of Tsukuba
9. China
Yu Xiaoqiu, Deputy Director, Division of World Development and Change Studies, Center for China’s Foreign Policy, China Institute of Contemporary International Relations
10. South Korea
Moon Chung-in, Professor of Political Science and Dean, Graduate School of International Studies, Yonsei University
11. The ASEAN Region
Julaporn Euarukskul, Associate Professor, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Thammasat University, Bangkok
12. South Asia
Iftekharuzzaman, Executive Director, Regional Centre for Strategic Studies, Colombo, Sri Lanka
13. Southwest Pacific
Jim Rolfe, Associate Director, Master of International Relations Program, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
14. Concluding Remarks
Paul B. Stares
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ISBN 4-88907-014-1; 336 pages; paper