The Consortium of Non-Traditional Security (NTS) Studies in Asia (NTS-Asia) of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore organized this year’s annual meeting themed “Bringing Back Multilateral Cooperation in NTS Governance.” The meeting cum conference was held on 25-26 March 2019, in Singapore with the participation from consortium members. RCSS Programme Officer, Ms. Ayodhya Krishani participated on behalf of RCSS at the meeting.
The conference focused on the following key areas: 1. Migration, Human Trafficking and Diasporas in the Indo-Pacific; 2. Economic Inequality and Inclusiveness; 3. Digitalization and Countering Security Threats; 4. Climate Change, Environment and Sustainable Development; and 5. Identity Politics, Pluralism and Cohesive Societies.
During the keynote address, the Executive Director of the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance (AHA Centre), in Indonesia elaborated on the function of AHA centre at times of disaster and how effectively and efficiently they manage foreign aid and assistance to disaster hit communities in Indonesia and some of the countries in the Southeast Asia. The effective intervention of the AHA centre with its outstanding coordinating and communications capacity highlighted that successful multilateral cooperation in governing NTS issues depends on establishing networks and mechanisms, and capacitated institutes that can move around the surplus of services and aid from neighbouring countries. Similarly, the other panelists also discussed individual country scenarios and regional aspects of governance with regard to NTS issues of migration, economic exclusion, cyber security, development, identity politics i.e. gender and pluralism mostly in the context of Association for Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
The deliberations at this conference can be considered an attempt to bring to the notice of those countries and regions who are keen on finding common grounds in the adversity of NTS issues, to explore the possibilities of advanced future cooperation between regional associations such as ASEAN, European Union and South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) on many NTS issues including migration, trafficking, cyber security, climate change impact, etc.
The NTS-Asia Consortium is a network of 31 research institutes and think tanks across Asia that works on a wide range of non-traditional security issues.