About The ANU-MacArthur Asia Security Initiative (ANU-MASI) Partnership
Policy Alternatives for Integrating Bilateral and Multilateral Regional Security Approaches in the Asia Pacific
In May 2009, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation launched the Asia Security Initiative (ASI) – a world-wide network of 27 policy research institutions which, over the next three years and with the MacArthur Foundation's support, will develop new ideas for overcoming the security challenges faced by Asia-Pacific nations.
The involvement of the Australian National University (ANU) in the Project began in December 2008, when Professor William Tow and Professor
John Ravenhill of the Department of International Relations, School of International, Political & Strategic Studies, ANU College of Asia & the Pacific won a grant from the ASI to become one of the Asia Security Initiative's partner
institutions. The grant has subsequently underwritten numerous ANU-MacArthur
Asia Security Initiative (ANU-MASI) Partnership projects, conferences and publishing outcomes, including the Asian Security Seminar Series and the ANU-MASI Policy Background Paper series. See the media release on the ANU News website.
Entitled Policy Alternatives for Integrating Bilateral and Multilateral Regional Security Approaches in the Asia Pacific, the Project focuses on how traditional security ties between the US, its treaty partners and other states in the Asia-Pacific fit into that region's growing and increasingly crucial multilateral security politics.
The primary aim is to study how existing US alliances can interact effectively with emerging regional security coalitions to coordinate joint multilateral security initiatives. The Project also reassesses US regional interests, institutional priorities, and diplomacy from a regional perspective, complementing an American assessment within the overall Asia Security Initiative framework.
The project has four main focus areas of research:
- Processes for achieving a bilateral-multilateral security nexus in the Asia Pacific
- Alliance/coalition initiatives on ‘broader security’ challenges
- The intersection of economics and security
- Arms control and nuclear non-proliferation
Download a description the Project's research methodology (PDF
The four research focus areas (referred to as Focus Groups) are headed, respectively, by:
- Dr Brendan Taylor of the Strategic & Defence Studies Centre, ANU
- Professor William Tow of the Department of International Relations, ANU
- Professor John Ravenhill of the Department of International Relations, ANU
- Professor Robert Ayson, Executive Director of the Centre for Strategic Studies, Victoria University of Wellington
Download a list of the members for each research Focus Group (PDF 78KB)
Support for the Project
The ANU-MASI Partnership project receives support from the ANU and the MacArthur Foundation's ASI, as well as the ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security (CEPS) and the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU).