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East Asia Imperilled


  • 11 b/w illus. 4 maps 16 tables
  • Page extent: 352 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.64 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 306/.095
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: GE160.E18 D86 2001
  • LC Subject headings:
    • East Asia--Environmental conditions
    • East Asia--Population
    • East Asia--Social conditions

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521811538 | ISBN-10: 0521811538)

DOI: 10.2277/0521811538

  • Also available in Paperback
  • Published November 2001

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Security issues have traditionally been defined in military terms, yet the post-Cold War security landscape contains numerous non-military challenges to security. In this 2001 analysis, Alan Dupont argues that an emerging new class of non-military threats has the potential to destabilize East Asia and reverse decades of hard-won economic and social development. He shows that these transnational shifts must be grasped and dealt with by governments and non-government organizations both regionally, and internationally, if conflict is to be avoided. Transnational threats stem from overpopulation, deforestation and pollution, global warming, unregulated population movements, transnational crime, virulent new strains of infectious diseases and other issues not previously associated with international security. Collectively they represent a new agenda and pose novel challenges for foreign and defence policy. This highly informative, compelling and authoritative book is essential reading for East Asia specialists and makes a significant contribution to international security debates.

• First full-length book to deal with transnational security issues in East Asia comprehensively by linking the environment, illegal migration, drug and sex trafficking and infectious diseases like AIDS to general security concerns • Provides a conceptual framework combined with up-to-date data and original research • Written in clear, crisp, accessible style


1. Transnational issues and security; Part I. Environmental Scarcity: 2. Population and conflict; 3. Deforestation, pollution and climate change; 4. Will there be an 'energy gap?'; 5. 'Is a food crisis likely'?; 6. 'Water wars'; Part II. Unregulated Population Movements: 7. Unregulated population movements, ethnic conflict and environmental refugees; 8. The state, people-smuggling and undocumented labour migration; Part III. Crime and AIDS: 9. Transnational organised crime; 10. Drug-trafficking - an emerging threat; 11. The AIDS 'Pandemic'.


'… this book is a masterful and comprehensive treatment of a subject that has emerged as a critical security challenge for Asia-Pacific countries. It is a must-read for any serious scholar on the subject … a treasure trove for anyone with an inclination for additional research into this emerging and exciting area of security studies. this book would be valuable for both practitioners and scholars alike.' Contemporary South East Asia

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