JICA Ogata Research Institute

Research Activities

Mainstreaming Human Security in ASEAN Integration

Past Research Projects

Smooth progress in ASEAN integration is hampered by disparities among countries within the region and by non-traditional security issues that transcend national boundaries. This study takes the position that these issues relate to the provision of human security to the populations of ASEAN countries; thus, human security is a central issue in the ASEAN integration process. From this position, the study attempts two objectives: first, to understand the degree to which the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have been met by the individual ASEAN members and identify the challenges that lie ahead; second, to determine the most effective formula for cooperation at the regional level, including engagement by Japan, to tackle problems that are not amenable to resolution by a single country, such as transnational crime, disease transmission and environmental degradation.

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