The Proliferation Security Initiative : The Asia-Pacific Context

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)303-322
Journal / PublicationNonproliferation Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2005
Externally publishedYes


The Asia-Pacific is emerging as a critical region in the fight against the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. The Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) is an aggressive global strategy designed to interdict the transport of these weapons and associated technologies. However, some observers have suggested that the Asia-Pacific has given the PSI a less than enthusiastic reception. The authors posit a more sanguine view. They caution against taking such a holistic approach to the region. Asia does not speak with one voice when it comes to security, and opposition to the PSI is not as widespread nor deep-rooted as may have been anticipated. In addition, the PSI's informal structure encourages flexibility, enabling states to participate in certain activities while eschewing others that may be technically or politically untenable.

Research Area(s)

  • Weapons of mass destruction, Proliferation, PSI, Asia-Pacific, USA, Sovereignty, Security, Terrorism

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