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Energy and Non-Traditional Security (NTS) in Asia

  • Mely Caballero-Anthony
  • Youngho Chang
  • Nur Azha Putra


  • Human security rather than state security is used as the primary referent point in the analyses of national energy security policies Comprehensive discussion of non-traditional security (NTS) themes in the context of current energy security challenges Multidisciplinary approach in the assessments of energy security Focuses on East Asia


Part of the SpringerBriefs in Environment, Security, Development and Peace book series (BRIEFSSECUR, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Youngho Chang, Swee Lean Collin Koh
    Pages 13-30
  3. Fitrian Ardiansyah, Neil Gunningham, Peter Drahos
    Pages 89-117
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 119-121

About this book


Traditional notions of security are premised on the primacy of state security. In relation to energy security, traditional policy thinking has focused on ensuring supply without much emphasis on socioeconomic and environmental impacts. Non-traditional security (NTS) scholars argue that threats to human security have become increasingly prominent since the end of the Cold War, and that it is thus critical to adopt a holistic and multidisciplinary approach in addressing rising energy needs.  This volume represents the perspectives of scholars from across Asia, looking at diverse aspects of energy security through a non-traditional security lens. The issues covered include environmental and socioeconomic impacts, the role of the market, the role of civil society, energy sustainability and policy trends in the ASEAN region.


East Asia Energy Governance Energy Security Human Security International Relations

Editors and affiliations

  • Mely Caballero-Anthony
    • 1
  • Youngho Chang
    • 2
  • Nur Azha Putra
    • 3
  1. 1.S. Rajaratnam School of Int. Studies, Centre for Non-Trad. Security StudiesNanyang Technological UniversitySingaporeSingapore
  2. 2., Division of EconomicsNanyang Technological UniversitySingaporeSingapore
  3. 3.Energy Studies Institute, Energy Security DivisionNational University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore

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From the book reviews:

“Energy and Non-Traditional Security (NTS) in Asia, is a timely collection of essays by well-chosen scholars who provide insightful explanations of the salient aspects of energy security in ASEAN … . notable contributions to both energy security studies and human security research, and deserve a wide readership among academics, scholars and students who are interested in international relations, human rights, and Asia studies.” (Kai Chen, Southeast Asian Studies, Vol. 3 (1), April, 2014)