Threats to human security do not necessarily take cataclysmic forms such as war or natural disaster. Nor does human insecurity exist solely within a suspended living environment like refugee camps. Often threats to human security are as subtle as a slow-rising tide, whose calamitous nature remains unknown till it breaks as a monstrous flood. The essays in this volume call attention to these less obvious threats to human security and how people and communities face them. Woven from the first-hand observations of life at various sites in East Asia, the narratives in these essays illuminate how uncanny the threats to human security can be.
East Asia, no stranger to regional wars or major natural disasters, is also known as the best performer in the United Nations poverty reduction program. The essays in this volume explore the interior of this dynamic and vibrant region and examine ordinary life as it illustrates the ubiquitous subtlety and obvious threats to safe and secure life.
Michio Umegaki is Professor of the Faculty of Policy Management, Keio University.
Lynn Thiesmeyer is Professor of the Faculty of Environmental Information, Keio University.
Atsushi Watabe is Research Fellow at the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies.
Part I: Living with human insecurity
Part II: Intervening with human insecurity