Aims and objectives

The central objective of the research is to establish the relevance and role of regional security organisations in Africa and central and east Asia in meeting transnational security challenges against the backdrop of established but evolving regional security cultures. 

The research undertaken in this project seeks to:

  1. Identify the nature and severity of transnational security challenges facing Africa and central and east Asia;

  2. Establish the beliefs and norms underpinning regional security cultures in Africa and central and east Asia;

  3. Provide detailed case studies of how regional security cultures shape (enable or constrain) the responses to transnational security challenges of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Asian Regional Forum (ARF), the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), the African Union (AU), the Southern African Development Community (SADC), and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)  respectively;

  4. Identify and discuss the nature of other policies in relation to transnational security challenges adopted by members of the above organisations;

  5. Account for the reasons that are likely to make members of ASEAN, ARF, SCO, AU, ECOWAS, and SADC adopt a foreign and security policy that challenges or contradicts existing regional security cultures;

  6. Engage with British and European policy-makers as well as non-governmental actors interested in strengthening the ability of regional security organisations to effectively deal with the non-traditional security agendas and in promoting human security in the developing world, alone or in co-operation with external parties.