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December 1, 2010: Dr. Nick Bisley

(Click to enlarge) From left to right, Dr. Bisley and Dr. Satu Limaye discuss the strategic landscape of the Asian region.

Building Asia's Security


(Washington, DC) As global economic and strategic weight shifts to Asia, countries in the region are considering how to recalibrate their policies to best meet the strategic challenges of the twenty-first century. Due to the growing strategic rivalry between the United States and China and the emergence of transnational threats, such as terrorism, energy insecurity and infectious diseases, Asian governments are increasingly interested in multilateral security cooperation. There is considerable interest in improving the region’s institutional setting, with some even calling for a formal Asian Community which could include security agreements. Yet, Asia, today, is far from possessing a well-planned security ‘architecture.’


Based on his recently published book, Building Asia’s Security (Routledge for IISS, 2010, Adelphi No. 408), a part of the Adelphi series, Dr. Nick Bisley provided an up-to-date analysis of the region’s distinctive and rapidly changing security arrangements. He argued that there is not much consensus between the regional powers regarding how to construct such a regional security architecture and that in order to meet the demand for such an institution, the larger powers would first need to learn how to compromise with each other in a multilateral setting. Dr. Bisley also sees the region developing a new form of regional order which is comprised of three major components: multilateral cooperation, US alliances and bilateral relationships. However, the speaker noted that it was unlikely that multilateral component would become the cornerstone of this future order

Nick Bisley is Professor of International Relations and the convenor of the Politics and International Relations program at La Trobe University. His research and teaching expertise focuses primarily on the international relations of the Asia-Pacific region, globalization and the diplomacy of great powers. In 2009, Dr. Bisley was a senior research associate with the International Institute of Strategic Studies and is currently a member of the Council for Security and Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific. He holds a PhD from the London School of Economics and is the author of many works on international relations, including Issues in 21st Century World Politics (Palgrave, 2010), Rethinking Globalization (Palgrave, 2007) and The End of the Cold War and the Causes of Soviet Collapse (Palgrave, 2004).