Our Aim

As a network of research institutes and think tanks in Asia. NTS-Asia aims to do the following :

  1. Develop further the process of networking among scholars and analysts working on NTS issues in the region
  2. To build long-term and sustainable regional capacity for research on NTS issues, and
  3. Mainstream and advance the field of non-traditional security studies in Asia.

Activities > NTS - Asia Research Fellowship

View past NTS - Asia Research Fellows :

2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007

Mr Christopher Baker

Christopher G. Baker is a PhD candidate and Research Analyst at the University of Sydney’s Centre for International Security Studies (CISS). He is a member of the Food Security in Asia Project team co-sponsored by the MacArthur Foundation and CISS. Chris has a keen interest in the links between the environment and violent conflict, as well as environmental security issues in Asia. He has spoken and lectured on these subjects internationally.

In 2011, Chris was awarded the NTS-Asia Research Fellowship. He conducted his research in conjunction with the Centre for International Security Studies (CISS), University of Sydney, and wrote a paper on Dams, Power and Security in the Mekong: A Non-traditional Security Assessment of Hydro-development in the Mekong River Basin. The paper was published in early 2012.


Ms Sheena Kumari

Sheena Kumari graduated with an MA in History from the National University of Singapore. Her research interests include interdisciplinary approaches towards the study of gender and women’s history, post-colonialism, intellectual and cultural history, theories of travel, literature, and narrative studies. The history of Southeast Asia, South Asia and British imperial history are among her areas of focus. She has several publications (forthcoming) based on her research on British women’s travel writing about Southeast Asia and is currently working on a project documenting the oral narratives of the Burmese refugee community and their collective memories and history.

Sheena’s paper on Burmese Refugee Women and the Gendered Politics of Exile, Reconstruction and Human Rights was the result of research conducted during her NTS-Asia Research Fellowship with Women in Security, Conflict Management and Peace (WISCOMP) in New Delhi, India, in 2011.


Mr Aries Arugay

Aries A. Arugay is pursuing a PhD in political science at Georgia State University in Atlanta under a Fulbright scholarship. His doctoral research is on the role of societal mobilisation during political crises in Latin America and Southeast Asia and their consequences for democratisation. He is also Assistant Professor of political science at the University of the Philippines in Diliman and a fellow at the Institute for Strategic and Development Studies, Inc. (ISDS Philippines). His research interests are civil-military relations, security sector reform, contentious politics, electoral politics and comparative democratisation.

Aries’ paper on The Military along the Security-Development Frontier: Implications for Non-traditional Security in the Philippines and Thailand was the result of research conducted during his NTS-Asia Research Fellowship with the Institute for Strategic and Development Studies, Inc. (ISDS Philippines).


Mr Ben Shepherd

Ben Shepherd has a Masters degree in International Relations and is undertaking a PhD with the Centre for International Security Studies (CISS) at the University of Sydney. For many years, Ben was a senior corporate executive working with international financial institutions and government agencies (including military and intelligence organisations) in the deployment of high-security technologies, but moved away from business to study politics and international security.

Mr Shepherd's fascination for politics and international security, combined with his social conscience and a great passion for food, has led him to focus his NTS-Asia research on food security; namely, Redefining Food Security in the Face of Foreign Land Investors: The Philippine Case. He conducted his fellowship in the Institute for Strategic and Development Studies (ISDS) in The Philippines.


Dr Yu-Wen Chen

Dr Yu-Wen Chen is a political scientist specialising mainly (but not exclusively) in ethnic mobilisation and interest group politics. She is the author of the book Transnational Cooperation of Ethnopolitical Mobilization: A Survey Analysis of European Ethnopolitical Groups (2009), and the book The Tug-of-War over Taiwan in the US: A Case Study of the Formosan Association for Public Affairs (2008).

Dr Chen has worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the Chair of International Politics at the University of Konstanz, and was a lecturer of comparative politics at the University of Greifswald in Germany.

Since 2009, Dr Chen has been working on the international mobilisation of the Uyghurs. Her most recent working paper is ‘Who Made Uyghurs Visible in the International Arena?: A Hyperlink Analysis’, published by the Center for Global Studies at George Mason University, USA.

Dr Chen’s paper on Transporting Conflicts via Migratory Routes: A Social Network Analysis of Uyghur International Mobilisation was the result of research conducted during her NTS-Asia Research fellowship with the Institute of Human Security (IHS) at La Trobe University, Australia.


Dr AKM Ahsan Ullah

Dr AKM Ahsan Ullah is currently Associate Director and Assistant Professor in the Centre for Migration and Refugee Studies (CMRS), American University in Cairo (AUC).

A development practitioner who has worked with international NGOs such as Plan International, he has conducted and headed research projects on rural poverty alleviation, rural to urban migration, child development, HIV/AIDS, and disaster management.

Dr Ullah wrote his paper on Psychological Trauma of the Displaced Disabled Populations: Multiple Burden of the Forgotten Victims of the Tsunami during his NTS-Asia fellowship in the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Jakarta.


Deepali Gaur Singh

Deepali Gaur Singh is a Bangalore-based (Karnataka, India) academic and media practitioner. She is the author of the book ‘Drugs Production and Trafficking in Afghanistan,’ published by Pentagon Press which focuses on the economy and politics of Afghanistan, in particular, the effects of the narcotics trade on the security and stability of the region as also globally. She has an M.Phil. and Ph.D. on Tajikistan and Afghanistan from the Central Asian Studies Division, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Deepali is also a filmmaker and photographer. She has been actively engaged with developmental organisations in rural Karnataka, Rajasthan, New Delhi and Orissa documenting social change and developing an archive of alternative images in different media on issues ranging from early childcare and primary education, health, environment to the informal sector workforce. She has also made a film on the situation of immigrants in Germany where she studied at the University of Hanover while on a DAAD scholarship. She has been a member of the Karl Jaspers Centre for Advanced Studies, University of Heidelberg, Germany as a scholarship holder.

As a freelancer she has researched and written extensively on Afghanistan and the new Central Asian Republics, gender from the South Asian perspective. Many of her writings have been published in Indian national dailies, the United Nations Foundation’s blog on sexual and reproductive health and the Afghanistan-based website, Kabul Press.

Dr Singh is currently engaged on research on the Afghan diaspora. Her topic as an NTS-Asia Research Fellow was Afghan Women in the Diaspora: Surviving Identity and Alienation. Her NTS-Asia institute of choice was WISCOMP.



Mr Hamid-ur-Rehman holds a master’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication and has under his belt over 15-year of journalistic experience with three prestigious English dailies in Pakistan. He worked as sub-editor with daily The Frontier Post, Lahore, from February 1992 to March 1994. He joined The Nation, Islamabad, as senior sub-editor in March 1994 and worked with the organization as city editor, sports editor and on the main national news desk till December 2006. Mr Rehman attended the South Asia Journalists Fellowship [April 1, 2006 to Sept 17, 2006] in Seoul, South Korea. In June 2006, he participated in one-month Korea Press Foundation Fellowship that developed his interest in North-South Korea unification and related security and other issues. During his stay in Korea, Mr Rehman also interviewed former South Korean President and Nobel Peace Prize winner for year 2000 Kim Dae-jung.

Besides contributing reports on some social issues in Korea, he also wrote a two-page article on Korea’s Security and Unification for Sunday Magazine of daily The Nation, Islamabad.

He visited various places such as DMZ, Paju English Village, Samsung, Hyundai and other companies besides recreation sites—museums, parks etc---in Korea. During his six-month stay in Korea, Mr Rehman also took up Korean language classes at the Korea University.

Mr Rehma's news articles on Korea can be found on the Korea Press Foundation website.

Mr Rehman's topic during his fellowship term was The Korean Peninsula: Peaceful Engagement for Humanitarian Concerns. His NTS-Asia Institute of choice was IIRI, University of Korea.


Siti Masyitah Rahma

Siti Masyitah Rahma has been working at the Health and Welfare Department of the Central Board of Muhammadiyah since 2005. Since her days in University, Ms Rahma has been active in Muhammadiyah, which is the a largest Islamic civil society organization in Indonesia. She joined the Muhammadiyah Student Assosiation in 1999 and volunteered in its social program. She graduated from University Muhammadiyah Prof Dr Hamka on 2002. In 2007, she pursued her Masters in Development Studies at the University of New South Wales, Australia. She then went on to join the Avian Influenza Control Team of Muhammadiyah for two a half years as Program Manager, where she designed, supervised the implementation, advocacy and monitoring the program.

She has published Muhammadiyah’s Guide Book on Avian influenza Awareness for Facilitators and is interested in humanitarian, interfaith dialogue and health promotion especially at the community/grassroots level. She believes that data collection and facilitating grassroots activities are essential in understanding communities' problems and thereby improve their quality of life.

Ms Rahma's topic during her fellowship term was The Role of NGOs in Combating Avian Influenza in Indonesia: A Muhammadiyah Case Study. Her NTS-Asia institute of choice was CSIS, Jakarta.


Manisha Sobhrajani

Manisha Sobhrajani is an active development-sector worker in Indian Kashmir. In the last 3 years, she has visited the region several times for intensive field-work, interacted with local people, journalists, security personnel, politicians and others – with an emphasis on the gender-related aspects of the Kashmiri conflict. Ms Sobhrajani was awarded a year-long Fellowship (beginning May 2007) by Jagori, a women’s resource centre based in New Delhi, India, to research and document the formation of the only all women’s Village Defence Committee (VDC) in Kulali Village, Surankote, Jammu & Kashmir, India. She presented a paper titled "Kashmir Issue and The Various Models of Resolutions" at a conference at Westminster Palace, London, organised by the Justice Foundation Kashmir Centre in November 2007. Ms Sobhrajani was also awarded a 3-month Hansard Research Scholarship (January 13 – April 7, 2007) by the Hansard Society, London, UK, to study at the London School of Economics. The scholarship included pursuing a specific area of political academic interest whilst participating in an internship placement within the world of British politics. She is also associated with several organisations such as Women in Security, Conflict Management and Peace (WISCOMP), Centre for Dialogue and Reconciliation (CDR), and Institute for Conflict Management (ICM), which have thus enhanced her research skills.

Her topic of research as an NTS-Asia Research Fellow was “Analysis of Media Reportage on Gender-based Violence in Jammu and Kashmir”. Her institute of choice was WISCOMP


Xue Li

Xue Li is Assistant Professor (Research Fellow) at the Division of International Strategy, Institute of World Economics and Politics(IWEP), Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS). His research interests include Energy Strategy in China, Regionalism and East-Asian Integration and Constructivism and its Application. Dr Li’s recent publications include ‘An Analysis on the Hot-spots of Global Energy Politics: A Report on Global Politics and Security’ (Beijing, Social Sciences and Documents Press, December 2007); “The Role and Function of the National Oil Reserve Center” (International Herald Leader, December 18,2007); and “What does the High Oil Price Exactly Mean?” (World View, Issue 2, 2008). His topic of research as an NTS-Asia Research Fellow was Sino-ASEAN Energy Cooperation: Limitation, Potential and Prospects. His institute of choice was IWEP, CASS.


John Jackson Ewing

Mr John Jackson Ewing is Teaching Fellow at Bond University, Australia. He has conducted several seminars and lectures including on topics pertaining to East-West Diplomatic Relations, Multi-track Diplomacy in Southeast Asia and Asian International Diplomacy. Prior to this appointment he was a Research Team Member for the Project on Sustainable Development in the Political Science Department, College of Charleston (2002 -2003). Mr Ewing has also received a Masters of International Relations from Bond University, during which time he was on the Deans List of Academic Excellence and received the Overall Excellence in Diplomacy award in 2006. He completed his Masters’ thesis in 2006, which was entitled “China’s Energy Policies: Analyzing Beijing’s Current and Future Fossil Fuel Procurement and Consumption Strategies”. He is currently pursuing is PhD in Bond University and working on “Resource Intervention: Environmentally-based Strategies for Conflict Resolution”. Mr Ewing’s experience in the global negotiations on climate change were greatly boosted by my participation in the 13th Conference of Parties to the UNFCCC in Bali, Indonesia during December of 2007. As a member of an accredited NGO, he had access to a majority of the state level negotiations and gained a great deal of knowledge from attending informative side events and speaking to countless experts who were in attendance. Seeing these negotiations firsthand, and making personal contacts with some of the leading minds in the field, has significantly improved his understanding of the complex international efforts to combat climate change. Mr Ewing has also contributed several chapters in edited books, such as Cullen and Murray (2007). 1st Edition. The Globalization of World Politics: Case Studies from Australia, New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific. Melbourne, Oxford University Press; and Cullen and Murray (2008). Revised Edition. The Globalization of World Politics: Case Studies from Australia, New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific. Melbourne, Oxford University Press.

Mr Ewing chose to work at ISDS Philippines during his fellowship term, where he wrote his paper on Security implications of Climate change – case study of the Philippines.


Mohammad Jalal Uddin Sikder

Mr Sikder is a Senior Research Associate at the Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit (RMMRU) at the University of Dhaka. He has been conferred a Masters of Arts in Development Studies from the University of Leeds in 2005 and Masters of Social Science from the University of Dhaka in 2002. A young scholar (29 years of age), Mr Sikder has written extensively on migrant issues in Bangladesh. Amongst his publications, he has co-authored two books :

  • Livelihood of Internal Migrant: Case Studies of Domestic Workers and Rickshaw Pullers of Dhaka City
    (University Press Ltd, Dhaka , June 2007)
  • Informal Border Trade and Movement of People at the Bangladesh - India Border
    (University Press Ltd, Dhaka , June 2007)

For his NTS Research, Mr Sikder will be working on the Movements of People and Threats of HIV/AIDS Virus at the Bangladesh-India Border. He has chosen RMMRU as his research institute during the 3 month fellowship.

Mr. Sikder's Monograph on Movements of People and Threats of HIV/AIDS Virus at the Bangladesh-India Border



Wang Jiang Li

Ms. Wang is currently a Phd candidate at Zhejiang University , China, and is Assistant to the Director of the Center for Non-Traditional Security and Peace Development (NTS-PD). Ms Wang received her Masters (with honours) from Zhejiang University after which she has been a Lecturer of International Relations at the College of Media and International Culture, Zhejiang University for the past 8 years. Ms Wang’s publications include several articles and co-author of books such as :

  • An Outline of Non-Traditional Security and Multilateral Cooperation
  • International Organisation and International Relations
    (Zhejiang University Press, 2004)

Ms Wang’s NTS research will deal with values and institutional arrangements in the study of NTS. She has chosen the Institute of World Economics and Politics, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences during the 3-month fellowship.

Wang Jiang Li's research paper - "Security Community" in the Context of Nontraditional Security


Rizal Sukma

Dr. Rizal Sukma is currently Deputy Executive Director at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Jakarta , Indonesia.
He is also

  • the Chairman of International Relations Division, Central Executive Board of Muhammadiyah (second largest Islamic organisation in Indonesia with approximately 25 million members);
  • member of the board at Syafii Maarif Institute for Culture and Humanity;
  • a visiting lecturer at Department of International Relations at Muhammadiyah University - Malang; and
  • a member of the National Committee on Strategic Defense Review, Indonesia’s Ministry of Defence.

He received his PhD degree in international relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), United Kingdom in 1997. Dr Sukma is the author of numerous papers and reports, and has published in several journals and other internationally circulated publications. Dr Sukma has proposed to do a research paper on the Securitisation of Human Trafficking in Indonesia. He has chosen the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies as the institute during his fellowship term.

Dr Sukma's NTS Research paper - The Securitization of Trafficking in Indonesia