Human Security

Securing East Asia's Future

  • Benny Teh Cheng Guan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. The State, the People and Responses to Human Security Concerns

  3. Regional Approaches to Human Security and Policy Implications

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 249-255

About this book


Human security is becoming increasingly pronounced in recent years due to changes in the security landscape of world politics. Yet, inter-state relations have continued to dominate security concerns in East Asia. This has, unfortunately, eluded the broader understanding of issues and challenges facing the peoples of East Asia.


Home to nations with rapid economic growth and development, East Asia is at the core of what some individuals have termed as the coming Asian Century. Years of economic liberalization and exposure to globalization have permitted the region to achieve high levels of interconnectedness from within and without in unprecedented ways. This has certainly reduced state control and opened up spaces for cross-border human activities. While economic wealth have increased substantially over the years, it has also brought about bigger income disparities, unsustainable safety nets and a surge in social problems from health issues to migratory concerns that threaten the safety and well-being of individuals.


Human Security: Securing East Asia’s Future timely examines the fundamental issues causing human insecurities and evaluates the extent of which human security plays a role at the state and regional levels. Covering the different areas of threats to humans and applying case study materials, this volume provides an intellectual mix of perspectives that captures the relationship between people, state and region. This book will be of interest to those studying traditional and non-traditional security/threats, Asian human development and critical policy analysis.


Anti-trafficking Cross-border human activities Economic liberalization Economic wealth Human rights Human security in East Asia Income disparities Labor migration Non-traditional security and migration North Korean refugees Rapid economic growth and development Reduced state control Relationship between people, state and region Safety and well-being Vulnerability of Chinese women to HIV/AIDS

Editors and affiliations

  • Benny Teh Cheng Guan
    • 1
  1. 1., School of Social SciencesUniversiti Sains MalaysiaPenangMalaysia

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