Abstract

With the emergence of Non-Traditional Security (NTS) Threats, a debate started about what challenges these threats would pose to governance issues in various countries. The main challenge in this respect was how to shift the focus from traditional security to non-traditional security. Think tanks played a very useful role in meeting this challenge by using NTS ideas to change institutional mindsets. One of the recent works on the role of think tanks in prioritising NTS agenda in Asia is Think Tanks and NonTraditional Security: Governance Entrepreneurs in Asia by Erin Zimmerman, an Honorary Scholar/Fellow at the University of Adelaide, Australia. The main argument of the book is that think tanks have assumed an important role in shaping agendas and prioritising governance issues in Asia, especially highlighting NTS threats. It further argues that political discourse on security issues in Asia has been substantively influenced by think tanks during the post-Cold War period. By examining the case studies of various think tank networks, the book explores the influence of ideas and discourses on the existing security mechanisms as well as on the formulation of new security structures to meet the emerging challenges of the Twenty First Century.