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Welcome to CSCAP

The Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP) provides an informal mechanism for scholars, officials and others in their private capacities to discuss political and security issues and challenges facing the region. It also provides policy recommendations to various inter-governmental bodies, convenes regional and international meetings and establishes linkages with institutions and organisations in other parts of the world to exchange information, insights and experiences in the area of regional political-security cooperation.

CSCAP activities are guided by a Steering Committee and is co-chaired by a member from an ASEAN Member Committee and a member from a non-ASEAN Member Committee. The Co-Chairs are Professor David Capie from CSCAP New Zealand as the ASEAN Co-Chair (2020-2022) and Dr Philips Vermonte from CSCAP Indonesia as the Non-ASEAN Co-Chair (2021-2023).

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On behalf of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP), we are pleased to present the CSCAP Regional Security Outlook (CRSO) 2023. Inaugurated in 2007, the CRSO volume is now in its seventeenth year, providing a survey of the major security challenges from a diverse range of perspectives. Download a copy of the CSCAP Regional Security Outlook 2023 here.

The term 'Rules Based Order' (RBO) has become ubiquitous in recent years – appearing in government documents and strategy papers as well as in media and academic analysis. But what do we mean when we use the term? A CSCAP Study Group on the Rules-Based Order has been exploring the contested meanings of Rules-Based Order across the region. The Australia CSCAP together with AsiaLink has commissioned a series of commentaries from experts, which you can find here:

AusCSCAP with Asialink, has commissioned a series of articles on the impact of COVID-19 sourced from regional experts. The articles explore questions about the consequences of COVID-19 for this region's strategic and foreign policy environment. What will be the impact of the crisis on the United States-China rivalry? What is the future of globalisation and regional institutions? What will a post-covid regional security order look like?

USCSCUSCSCAP and CSCAP Vietnam co-chaired the sixth meeting of the CSCAP Study Group on Nonproliferation and Disarmament (NPD) in the Asia Pacific. Download the conference report here. 

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