Accession Number:

ADA426062

Title:

Addressing Transnational Threats in Southeast Asia: Environmental Security and Counter Terrorism

Descriptive Note:

Issue paper vol. 02-04

Corporate Author:

ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA CENTER FOR STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2004-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

5.0

Abstract:

This conference was a follow up to the June 2003 Defense Environmental and International Cooperation Conference held in Bangkok, Thailand. The purpose of this conference was to promote multilateral defense and Counter Terrorism cooperation, to identify the best practices for the prevention, mitigation, consequence management, and response to man-made and natural disasters that threaten governmental legitimacy. It reflected the workshop results and advice from regional attendees of that conference. The Manila conference brought together senior military and civilian leaders from Southeast Asia and the United States, international academics, the private sector, technical agencies, and Non-Governmental Organizations to examine critical Environmental Security issues of common interest. Terrorist organizations in Southeast Asia have demonstrated the ability to exploit environmental disasters or degradation to undermine governmental legitimacy and gain popular support. With these ongoing terrorist attacks, their efforts to obtain Weapons of Mass Destruction, and their stated objective of destroying regional governments, a major contribution to regional stability can be affected by developing concepts for regional military cooperation in preventing Environmental Terrorist activities. The three objectives of the Conference were to explore key Environmental Security issues that are central to the stability of the region or that encourage terrorist activities identify military roles in preventing Environmental Terrorist activities and attacks on critical infrastructure and develop multilateral plans for preventing and responding to man-made or natural disasters.

Subject Categories:

  • Unconventional Warfare
  • Environmental Health and Safety
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Civil Defense

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE