Mandalas of Security
In employing the constructional metaphor of architectures for the constructive purpose of security enhancement in the eastern Asian region, it is but a small step to indigenise the process by slipping into the mentality of mandala-building. In doing so, it is that Asian security architectures will prove more acceptable and to be hoped accessible to participants - and thus efficacious in their purpose. The mandala adds nothing new to the experience of Asian communities but redirects effort towards existing cultural orientations. In effect, it is a conceptual device for refining Western technostructures in ways more meaningful to the needs and expectations of Asian societies. There is nothing to prevent the security mandala from being applied to other regions with differing cosmoiogies. After all, despite its Asian - particularly Indian and Tibetan - associations, the symbolism of the mandala is a cross-cultural phenomenon. The focus in this paper, however, will be on the Asian region.