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09 Jan 2017 description

Synopsis

In December 2016, twelve years after the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, Aceh was once again struck by an earthquake. However, over the past decade the landscape of responders has evolved and changed and there is need for better understanding of new actors to strengthen coordination during disasters.

Commentary

05 Jan 2017 description

By Sorpong Peou

Synopsis

When the United Nations declared the 1990s to be “Decade of International Law”, optimism spread about the future of world peace. Another chapter of international law also began to open. Formal trials were what it would take to help promote human security. But evidence from Southeast Asia remains inconclusive.

Commentary

30 Dec 2016 description

An Overview of Non-Traditional Security

Vishalini Chandara Sagar The study of Non-Traditional Security (NTS) emerged during the post-Cold War period due to significant shifts in the way we understand global security. As risks of traditional inter-state wars and conflicts decline, new security challenges, which are typically non-military in nature, have transpired from transnational threats.

Studies have shown that NTS crises have resulted in more deaths and have had a substantially larger impact on people over time than conventional military threats.

16 Dec 2016 description

Executive Summary

Super Typhoon Haiyan is the most devastating weather disturbance and the first major mega-disaster that hit the Philippines in recent memory. Its aftermath offers lessons that need to be factored into the country’s HADR policies, systems, and capacities if the country is to build resilience to increasingly frequent and extreme weather events like Super Typhoon Haiyan.

15 Dec 2016 description

By Sangeetha Yogendran

Synopsis

Myanmar’s call for an emergency ASEAN meeting to discuss the crisis over the Rohingya issue on 19 December 2016, presents ASEAN member states the opportunity to discuss extending humanitarian assistance for the displaced, and also underlying tensions that led to the crisis.

Commentary

05 Dec 2016 description

By Jasminder Singh and Muhammad Haziq

Synopsis

After the border attacks in Maungdaw by Muslim militants, the Tatmadaw (Myanmar national army) has been accused of raping and killing Rohingya and burning their villages by the media and human rights groups. This has rekindled pro-Rohingya jihadist sentiments in the region as well as globally.

Commentary

03 Oct 2016 description

No. 242/2016 dated 3 October 2016

By Sara Mahmood

Synopsis

Children are being recruited in multiple capacities and significant numbers within the ranks of armed groups in the Syrian conflict. The participation of children in the conflict carries an inevitable multigenerational impact; violence is likely to continue beyond the cessation of hostilities.

Commentary

28 Sep 2016 description

No. 237/2016 dated 26 September 2016

By Ahmad Saiful Rijal Bin Hassan and Mohamed Sinan Siyech

Synopsis
Libyan forces with US air support are driving out Islamic State fighters in Libya. Still the oil-rich nation is deeply divided by rival factions and armed militias.

Commentary

23 Aug 2016 description

By Centre for Non-Traditional Security (NTS) Studies
S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS)
Singapore

13 Jul 2016 description

By Margareth Sembiring and Jonatan A. Lassa

Synopsis

Long a recipient of international assistance during ‘natural’ disasters, Indonesia has been recently stepping up its joint civil-military humanitarian responses in the Asia Pacific. What does this mean for Indonesia and the world disaster response?

Commentary

24 Jun 2016 description

By Mely Caballero-Anthony

Synopsis

There is an unprecedented global phenomenon of people uprooted and displaced due to conflicts and disasters. The need to contain and reverse this trend is dire. The immensity of the problem requires no less than a global solution, underscoring a shared responsibility among different actors of the international community.

Commentary

23 Jun 2016 description

Alistair D. B. Cook, Maxim Shrestha and Zin Bo Htet

Policy Brief THE 2015 NEPAL EARTHQUAKE:
IMPLICATIONS FOR FUTURE INTERNATIONAL RELIEF EFFORTS

INTRODUCTION

22 Jun 2016 description

By Mohammed Sinan Siyech

Synopsis

Iraqi government forces have retaken control of Fallujah, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria’s (ISIS) stronghold. The first city to fall to ISIS and situated so close to the capital Baghdad, the government victory has symbolic and strategic value. However the battle is far from over.

Commentary

10 Jun 2016 description

By Vishalini Chandara Sagar

Synopsis

Tropical cyclone Roanu hit Sri Lanka on 15 May 2016 causing severe flooding and numerous landslides across the country. As Sri Lanka picks up the pieces and rebuilds, it is critical to evaluate the efficacy of Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response (HADR) operations to better prepare the country in disaster management.

Commentary

09 Jun 2016 description

The Conference on Inter-regional Comparisons of Humanitarian Action was held alongside the Re-launch of the NTS-Asia Consortium. The conference was organised by the Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Programme at the RSIS Centre for Non-Traditional Security (NTS) Studies.

27 May 2016 description

By Alistair D. B. Cook

Synopsis

The World Humanitarian Summit held in Istanbul, Turkey on 23 and 24 May 2016 saw 9,000 delegates from governments, United Nations agencies and civil society come together to address a ‘broken humanitarian system’. Did it achieve what it set out to do?

Commentary

19 May 2016 description

By Celina Y. Loyzaga

Synopsis

On 13 May 2016, Singapore’s Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National Environmental Agency (NEA) reported Singapore’s first imported case of the Zika virus. Although the case of patient zero is likely to be a one-off instance,
Singaporeans and ASEAN nations alike should be concerned about the implications and consider upcoming medical technologies to curb the spread of the disease.

Commentary