Waterloo, Canada — The Asia-Pacific, one of the most densely populated areas in the world, has immense economic potential; yet numerous challenges to regional stability and security pose a threat to the region’s rise. The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) has released a new book that suggests roles for Australia, Canada and South Korea in resolving the economic and security challenges of the Asia-Pacific.

Mutual Security in the Asia-Pacific: Roles for Australia, Canada and South Korea is edited by Kang Choi, vice-president of the Asan Institute for Policy Studies, CIGI Research Associate Simon Palamar, and former CIGI Research Fellow James Manicom. The book covers key contemporary issues in the Asia-Pacific, such as regional cooperation and responses to security challenges (including nontraditional issues such as climate-driven natural disasters), conflict prevention and emerging challenges such as cyber security.

“The Asia-Pacific is one of the most important regions in the world, with immense influence over the global economy,” says Simon Palamar, co-editor of Mutual Security. “The global community — particularly Australia, Canada and South Korea — have unique opportunities to contribute to stability in the region. It is important that these three countries take the steps necessary to assert themselves as constructive partners.”

Mutual Security, which features analysis from over ten experts, is the product of a workshop held in Seoul, Korea, in October 2013 on the subject of middle powers and regional security in the Asia-Pacific. It was organized through a partnership between Korea’s prestigious Asan Institute for Policy Studies and Canada’s Centre for International Governance Innovation, and featured delegates from Australia, Canada, China, Japan, South Korea and the United States.

Mutual Security is now available through CIGI Press. For more information, or to purchase the book, please visit: https://www.cigionline.org/publications/mutual-security-asia-pacific-roles-australia-canada-and-south-korea.


Kevin Dias, Communications Specialist, CIGI

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