Strategic Assistance: Disaster Relief and Asia-Pacific Stability | Workshop II

March 8–9, 2014

The Strategic Assistance Project is a collaborative research project of the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) and the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE) that seeks to develop an alliance-based approach to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR) operations in South and Southeast Asia by engaging and incorporating military, government, and NGO leadership from the United States and Japan.

This second workshop was designed to solicit input regarding the region’s likely reaction to the proposed US-Japan Strategic Assistance concept from leaders in the United States, Japan, Singapore, Indonesia, India, Australia, the Philippines, Myanmar, and Thailand, and to assess the regional perceptions of the current and future threat to regional stability that is posed by major disasters.

March 8, 2014

PANEL 1: Vulnerabilities in South and Southeast Asia

PANEL 2: Regional Reactions to the Strategic Assistance Concept Part I

PANEL 3: Regional Reactions to the Strategic Assistance Concept Part II (Australia, Thailand, and Singapore)

March 9, 2014

PANEL 4: Supporting and Enhancing Regional Capacity

CLOSING DISCUSSION: Toward a Regional HA/DR Framework?

SHEILA BENGTLARS, Department of Foreign Affairs, Republic of the Philippines

ANTHONY BERGIN, Australian Strategic Policy Institute

BRAHMA CHELLANEY, Center for Policy Research

ALAN CHONG, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies


EDITHA PRADITYA DUARTE, Indonesian Defense University

ADM. THOMAS B. FARGO, USN (Ret.), The National Bureau of Asian Researchs


SOFIAH JAMIL, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies

KEN JIMBO, Keio University

Col. MAKOTO KASAMATSU, Japan Ground Self-Defense Force

YANG RAZALI KASSIM, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies

KEI KOGA, Nanyang Technological University

HENG YEE KUANG, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

RICHARD A. LOVE, National Defense University

RAJA MOHAN, Observer Research Foundation

Col. TEERANAN NANDHAKWANG, National Defence College of Thailand

RYO SAHASHI, Kanagawa University/JCIE

NYUNT MAUNG SHEIN, Myanmar Institute of Strategic & International Studies

YUJI UESUGI, Waseda University/Okinawa Peace Assistance Center

Lt. Gen. NOBORU YAMAGUCHI, JGSDF (Ret.), National Defense Academy of Japan