NTS-Asia Secretariat

The Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies (NTS Centre) at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies functions as the Secretariat of the NTS-Asia Consortium. Led by Professor Mely Caballero-Anthony as the Secretary-General, the team comprises Ms Margareth Sembiring, Senior Analyst, and Ms Joey Liang, IT Executive and Webmaster.

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.


Margareth Sembiring is Associate Research Fellow at the Centre for NonTraditional Security Studies, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She works on climate change and environmental issues. She is currently doing a PhD that assesses the political economy of low-carbon energy transitions in the Philippines and Indonesia using historical institutionalism. Margareth holds an MA in International Peace and Security from the King’s College London where she was a Chevening scholar. Prior to that, she completed her masters’ degree in Defence Management from the Indonesian Defence University in Jakarta. Her first degree is in Mechanical Engineering that she obtained from the National University of Singapore. She is the manager of the NTS-Asia Consortium Secretariat.