Appeals & Response Plans
- Myanmar: Floods and Landslides - Jul 2017
- Tropical Cyclone Mora - May 2017
- Myanmar: Floods - Jun 2016
- Tropical Cyclone Roanu - May 2016
- South-East Asia: Drought - 2015-2017
- Tropical Cyclone Komen - Jul 2015
- Myanmar: Floods and Landslides - Jul 2015
- Myanmar: Floods - Jul 2014
- Myanmar: Floods - Aug 2013
- Tropical Cyclone Mahasen - May 2013
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By Centre for Non-Traditional Security (NTS) Studies
S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS)
Message from the Dean
The year drew to a close with Super Typhoon Haiyan devastating the Philippines. Extreme weather events are not only becoming more frequent. They are increasing in magnitude around the world. Yet, action at the global level on climate change remains anaemic. Concerted global and regional action on such cross-cutting issues remains difficult, partly because they impinge on issues of sovereignty and responsibility, and also because of the multitude of interests that clamour for a voice.
By Samara Yawnghwe and Tin Maung Maung Than
Resolving the internal conflict between the central state and the ethnic nationalities in Myanmar is at the heart of the continued development of the country as a whole. However, a solution may require flexibility when it comes to defining the territorial integrity of the country and its national identity. This working paper examines the case of the Shan State Army – its origins, history and ceasefire agreements – in an effort to shed light on why the problem of lasting peace in Myanmar has seemed relatively intractable.
By C.R. Abrar
Political and economic reforms in Myanmar have brought a wide range of companies and state enterprises to its doorstep – all eager to tap the country’s abundant natural resources and its growth potential. However, in the absence of strong regulatory frameworks, Myanmar could fall victim to its own resource abundance. What is required therefore are frameworks for responsible resource management founded on the principles of transparency, accountability and community engagement.
Message from the Dean
The Year in Review series has been gaining in readership since the first issue was published in 2009. Each year, we strive to improve the Year in Review, to make it even more relevant and informative for you. Our aim is to provide an overview of issues through a non-traditional security (NTS) lens and with a focus on the Asia-Pacific.
Disaster preparedness: Still lacking in ASEAN?
By Gianna Gayle H. Amul
Apart from being prone to seasonal floods and storms, most ASEAN member states straddle the Pacific Ring of Fire, an area susceptible to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. However, compared to the relentless onslaught of natural calamities in the region, the development of ASEAN’s disaster mitigation mechanisms has been sluggish, if not long overdue.
US drought another wake-up call for global resolve on food price stability
The US is currently experiencing its worst drought in half a century. The resulting crop destruction has raised fears of yet another rise in global food prices, what would be the third in five years. This raises larger questions of how to tackle rising instances of food supply shocks. It also underlines the clear need for food price stability to be moved up the global food-security agenda.
By Sheena Kumari
Myanmar’s national reconciliation process: A positive for the region?
The MacArthur Asia Security Initiative Dissemination Meeting 2011 showcased the work and research outcomes of the MacArthur Asia Security Initiative projects conducted from 2009 to 2011 by two centres at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) – the RSIS Centre for Non-Traditional Security (NTS) Studies and the RSIS Centre for Multilateralism Studies (CMS).
The year 2011 has seen the further prioritisation of non-traditional security (NTS) issues throughout research and policymaking circles in the Asia-Pacific region. Regional trends and events have highlighted the need for strategies that can help people, communities, states and organisations address multifarious security challenges, thus propelling the NTS platform to a higher stratum of political and institutional discourse.
By Sally Trethewie
The Malaysia-Australia Asylum Deal 2011
NTS Alert June 2011 (Issue 1)
By J. Jackson Ewing and Ong Suan Ee
By Li Hongyan, Ong Suan Ee and Bill Durodié
Southeast Asia is certainly no stranger to natural hazards, having experienced some of the world's worst. This paper argues that the occurrence of a natural hazard does not inevitably lead to a natural disaster. Whether a disaster results largely depends on pre-existing conditions, such as a country's level of development and infrastructure, its social stability, and the availability and accessibility of healthcare facilities, as these are critical to the effectiveness of health responses.
This report details the proceedings of the 4th Annual Convention of the Consortium of Non-Traditional Security Studies in Asia (NTS-Asia) that was held on 25–26 November 2010 in Singapore. As in previous years, the Annual Convention brought together all 20 NTS-Asia member institutes of NTS-Asia to take stock of salient non-traditional security (NTS) issues in the Asia-Pacific region. Topics that were discussed include climate change and security, food security, conflict prevention and resolution, global architecture and NTS, human rights and human security, and transnational crime.
By Nah Liang Tuang
Natural disasters such as the earthquakes and tsunamis in the Indian Ocean off Sumatra in 2004 and in Japan most recently highlight the importance of qualified Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) teams. ASEAN's lack of such vital rescue expertise needs to be addressed.