Nontraditional security issues loom increasingly large in Asia and in U.S. interactions with the region. Natural disasters – exacerbated by climate change and dense populations in vulnerable areas – have brought much greater need for disaster assistance and humanitarian relief. Ever-growing reliance on digital technology in sectors ranging from militaries to government operations, to civilian infrastructure, to economically important businesses, have transformed cybersecurity threats – emanating from ever more numerous and sophisticated foreign states and non-state actors – into vital matters of national security and national economic security.
State assets – from navies to intelligence services to specialized cyberwarfare units – are being developed and deployed to address these problems, but these limited public resources are insufficient to address the mounting scale and complexity of the challenges they face. How will these states meet the challenges posed by disaster relief and cybersecurity? What opportunities exist for non-state actors, such as NGO’s and the private sector to play a role? To answer these questions and more, the Asia Programs of FPRI and the Wilson Center have assembled a leading group of experts.