Asia Security Initiative
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. This initiative will help Asian policy research institutions strengthen their capacity to work with their counterparts across the globe to develop new ideas for fostering peace and security. It will also support a new mid-career fellowship program, the Asia Security Emerging Leaders Program, to nurture a new generation of leaders who ill cooperate to overcome the security challenges of tomorrow.
In 2009, the MacArthur Foundation created the Asia Security Initiative (ASI) network of 27 institutions from around the world. With the Foundation’s support, over the next three years these institutions will develop their policy research capacity and recommend policies on the most important security challenges facing Asia-Pacific nations.
- Regional Security Cooperation The ASI network will advise policymakers on how to better use multilateral institutions, bilateral relationships, and alliances to prevent conflict, manage differences, and foster peace and security.
- Northeast Asia The ASI network will develop actionable plans for international cooperation to decrease tensions over North Korea and Taiwan and between Northeast Asian nations.
- Internal Challenges The ASI network will recommend international cooperation to help Asia-Pacific nations manage internal challenges, including, for example, competition over scarce resources, natural disasters, or outbreaks of violent conflict.
Policy research institutions in the Asia-Pacific will work together to take on these challenges and make recommendations to advance solutions. The MacArthur Foundation will help these institutions build capacity and collaborate across borders.
Over the next seven years, the Foundation will focus its institutional investments in three areas:
- ◎ New research positions, including the establishment of new faculty and research positions
- ◎ Improved communications and IT infrastructure, including the installation of videoconferencing facilities and an online collaborative forum for policy research
- ◎ Enhanced outreach, including the development of virtual and hard-copy academic and policy-relevant publications and Web portals
Investments in these areas will help regional policy research institutions lead advances in security policy research and forge productive relationships throughout the region and the world.