Meet the Expert

Prof Mely Caballero-Anthony

Secretary General NTS-Asia Secretariat
Organisation: NTS, RSIS

Areas of Expertise:
  • Regionalism and Regional Security in the Asia-Pacific
  • Non-Traditional Security
  • Human Security, Comparative Politics and International Relations in Southeast Asia
  • Conflict Prevention and Management, Human Rights, Democracy
  • Human Security
  • Migration and Protection of Civilian
  • Responsibility to Protect


Mely Caballero-Anthony is Professor of International Relations and Head of the Centre for Non-Traditional Security (NTS) Studies at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.  Prof Anthony teaches courses on Non-Traditional Security in Asia and Security Governance.

Prof. Anthony’s research interests include regionalism and multilateralism in Asia-Pacific, human security and non-traditional security, conflict prevention and global governance. She has published extensively on a broad range of security issues in Asia-Pacific in peer-reviewed journals and international academic press. Her latest books, both single-authored and co-edited, include: Negotiating Governance on Non-Traditional Security in Southeast Asia and Beyond(New York: Columbia University Press, 2018), An Introduction to Non-Traditional Security Studies, (London: SAGE Publications Ltd, 2016), Asia on the Move (Japan: JCIE, 2015), and Human Security and Climate Change (London: Routledge, 2014).

Prof. Anthony has led a number of global and regional research projects on international security and global governance.  In 2017, she co-chaired the Global Reflection Group on the ‘Monopoly of the Use of Force- 2.0’ that brought together 21 scholars from Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas that examined the nature of security provision in times of uncertainty.  She was also the principal investigator of the MacArthur Asia Security Initiative (ASI) project of Internal Security Challenges in Asia and Cross-Border Implications and was Co-Chair of the Second Murdoch Commission on Food Security, Trade and Partnership in Asia.

Prof Anthony has served as the Secretary-General of the Consortium on Non-Traditional Security Studies in Asia since 2008. From 2015-2017, she was Vice President at-large of the Governing Council of the International Studies Association (ISA) and is a member of the ISA’s Global South Task Force.  She had held visiting fellowship at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University in 2015. From 2013-2017, Prof Anthony was a member of the UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters and served at its Chairperson in 2016. She was also Director of External Relations at the ASEAN Secretariat from 2011-2012 and was a member of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Agenda Council on Conflict Prevention.

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