Disaster Management in the South China Sea: A Chance for Peace and Cooperation

  • Gregory Coutaz
Part of the Critical Studies of the Asia-Pacific book series (CSAP)


Engagement in the field of disaster management has the potential to build mutual trust and reduce the potential for misunderstandings and miscalculations between countries with strained relations. In reference to tensions over territorial sovereignty in the South China Sea (SCS), it seems that the need for such mutual exchange and common inspirations has never been greater. Natural disasters challenge national borders, as do natural disaster preparations and responses. This chapter suggests that cooperative efforts in the field of disaster management in the SCS are important not only because they can mitigate the damage caused by natural disasters but also because they can serve as a positive example of successful regional cooperation, which may encourage potential enemies to move forward and consider deeper cooperation on more contentious issues.


Association Of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) ASEAN Agreement On Disaster Management And Emergency Response (AADMER) Humanitarian Assistance And Disaster Relief (HA/DR) United Nations Convention On The Law Of The Sea (UNCLOS) Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action (JCPOA) 
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  • Gregory Coutaz
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  1. 1.National Chengchi UniversityTaipeiTaiwan

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