Human security, peacebuilding, and the responsibility to protect in east asia

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East Asia is a region deeply affected by colonial, ideological, and national wars. At the level of international governance, security organizations in the region have looked to minimize the worst manifestations of interstate conflict through emphasizing non-intervention; while domestic governance has emphasized national interest and strength in terms of security and economic growth. East Asian challenges to normative universalism can be defined in cultural, economic, and political terms. This article, however, considers not only the threats to human security in East Asia, but also the roles that East Asian actors play in protecting and promoting human security, noting that under certain conditions, East Asian perspectives may be able to secure, in terms of human security, better results than could be achieved through extra-regional intervention.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-218
Number of pages36
JournalAsian Journal of Peacebuilding
Issue number2 Special Issue
StatePublished - 2019

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  • Human security
  • Intervention
  • Peacebuilding
  • Responsibility to protect
  • ‌East Asia


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