Human Security in East Asia: Assembling a Puzzle

  • Yoichi MineEmail author
  • Oscar A. Gómez
  • Ako Muto
Part of the Security, Development and Human Rights in East Asia book series (SDHRP)


This chapter describes the motivation of the research project, provides the theoretical framework of the entire book, and gives a summary of the findings of the case study chapters. In the process of diffusion of human security norms in East Asia, several features have emerged. First, East Asians have accepted a comprehensive definition of human security regarding the perception of threats. Second, East Asians tend to think that human security and state security are complementary. Third, the constituent elements of the human security norms such as freedom from fear and from want, freedom to live in dignity, protection, and empowerment are already accepted by East Asian nations. We need an extra effort to elevate human security to a full-fledged norm in the region.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate School of Global StudiesDoshisha UniversityKyotoJapan
  2. 2.Research InstituteJapan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)TokyoJapan

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