Asia-Pacific Security Challenges

Managing Black Swans and Persistent Threats

  • Anthony J. Masys
  • Leo S.F. Lin

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Leo S. F. Lin, John Nomikos
    Pages 65-84
  3. Katie Subbotina, Nirupama Agrawal
    Pages 85-122
  4. Regan Potangaroa, Maire Kipa
    Pages 139-164
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 303-304

About this book


This edited book examines the contemporary regional security concerns in the Asia-Pacific recognizing the ‘Butterfly effect’, the concept that small causes can have large effects: ‘the flap of a butterfly’s wings can cause a typhoon halfway around the world’.  

For many Asia-Pacific states, domestic security challenges are at least as important as external security considerations. Recent events (both natural disasters and man-made disasters) have pointed to the inherent physical, economic, social and political vulnerabilities that exist in the region. Both black swan events and persistent threats to security characterize the challenges within the Asia-Pacific region.

Transnational security challenges such as global climate change, environmental degradation, pandemics, energy security, supply chain security, resource scarcity, terrorism and organized crime are shaping the security landscape regionally and globally. The significance of emerging transnational security challenges in the Asia-Pacific Region impact globally and conversely, security developments in those other regions affect the Asia-Pacific region. 


Transnational security Transnational organized crime Natural Disasters in Asia-Pacific Global food security Organized crime in Asia High Impact Disasters in Asia Pacific Building Energy Resilience in Asia Pacific Disaster Risk Reduction

Editors and affiliations

  • Anthony J. Masys
    • 1
  • Leo S.F. Lin
    • 2
  1. 1.University of LeicesterLeicesterUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.National Police AgencyChina

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