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MacArthur Foundation Asia Security Initiative

The growing economic and political power of Asian nations is transforming the world. Yet as the region changes, Asia-Pacific societies will need to find new ways to work together in the interests of peace and prosperity. Although economic cooperation and trade ties are deep, long-standing disputes between states are creating complex security challenges that threaten the region’s continued prosperity. At the same time that Asian countries navigate shifting state-to-state relationships, transnational issues further challenge their ability to provide security for their own populations.

Recognizing that peace and security in Asia can best be achieved through regional cooperation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is investing $68 million over seven years in a new Asia Security Initiative (ASI). This initiative will increase the effectiveness of international cooperation in fostering peace and security in Asia, and will help Asian policy research institutions strengthen their capacity to work with counterparts across the globe to develop new ideas for fostering peace and security. The MacArthur Foundation has chosen The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) to lead two research projects over a three-year period as part of the ASI. NBR joins more than twenty regional institutions to carry out MacArthur’s vision of peace and security in Asia.


For more information, please contact:

Meredith Miller
Vice President, Trade, Economic and Energy Affairs & Outreach and Director, Washington D.C. office

Mahin Karim
Senior Associate, Political and Security Affairs (PSA)

Maritime Energy Resources in Asia (MERA)

NBR’s project on Maritime Energy Resources in Asia investigates maritime sovereignty disputes in the South China Sea, East China Sea, and Gulf of Thailand. A diverse group of experts are working to analyze the disputes, propose models for resolution and joint development, and disseminate research findings and recommendations to key stakeholders.

Nontraditional Regional Security Architecture for South Asia

Despite long-standing tensions between countries in the region, there are non-traditional security threats that are emerging as a shared concern across South Asia. NBR's initiative will explore innovative mechanisms for non-traditional security cooperation that may effectively be leveraged to alleviate South Asia’s traditional security vulnerabilities and promote greater stability in the region.