At a meeting in Seoul on 1-3 November 1992, representatives of some two dozen strategic studies centres from ten countries in the Asia Pacific region (Australia, Canada, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and the USA) decided that there was a need to provide 'a more structured regional process of a non-governmental nature' ... to contribute to the efforts towards regional confidence building and enhancing regional security through dialogues, consultation and cooperation. Over the next eight months, the concept of a Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP) was widely canvassed among both government officials and regional security analysts, and agreement was reached to formally establish CSCAP at a meeting in Kuala Lumpur on 8 June 1993. The CSCAP Charter was adopted at a meeting of the Steering committee Pro Tem in Lombok, Indonesia, on 16 December 1993. The Charter was subsequently amended in August 1995.
CSCAP has been described as 'the most ambitious proposal to date for a regularised, focused and inclusive non-governmental process on Asia Pacific security matters'. CSCAP has made considerable progress over the last couple of years. New Zealand, Russia, North Korea, Mongolia and a Western European consortium have joined as Full Members of the Council and the Indian Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) has become an Associate Member. The People's Republic of China and Vietnam joined as Full Members in December 1996. The European Union joined as an Associate Member in June 1994 and was granted Full Membership in December 1998. India became an Associate Member in December 1994 and was unanimously elected to Full Membership in June 2000 at the CSCAP Steering Committee meeting held in Kuala Lumpur. The Indian delegation to this meeting was headed by Mr. A N Ram, former Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs. With member committees from all the major countries in the Asia Pacific, CSCAP is now looking forward to consolidating its links to the first track ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF).
There are currently twenty one Full Members of CSCAP ( Australia, Cambodia, Canada, China, India, European Union, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mongolia Myanmar, New Zealand, North Korea, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Russia, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, USA and Vietnam) and one Associate Member (Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat). CSCAP activities are guided by a Steering Committee composed of representatives of the broad-based member committees that have been established in each of the member countries. The CSCAP Steering Committee meets twice a year - in June in Kuala Lumpur and in December in one of the other member countries. The Steering Committee is co-chaired by a member from an ASEAN Member Committee and a member from a non-ASEAN Member Committee.
CSCAP-India Committee: Consequent to its full membership of CSCAP, the India Committee was launched in June 2000. Its activities include participation in all technical, expert and Working Group meetings of the Council. Its members are actively involved in organizing events and Round Table Discussions, delivering Lectures and participating in events and networking with Universities, think tanks and academic institutions all over India. ICWA functions as the Secretariat of CSCAP India Committee. Its members contribute to academic journals and deliver lectures at various events regularly. ICWA functions as the Secretariat of CSCAP India Committee and maintains a data base of experts and institutions in India and in the region.
CSCAP-India Committee Secretariat is located at:
New Delhi - 110001
Tel.: +91 11 2331 7246-49 Ext. No. 410
Fax No.: +91 11 23310638