The Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP) provides an informal mechanism for scholars, officials and others in their private capacities to discuss political and security issues and challenges facing the region. It also provides policy recommendations to various inter-governmental bodies, convenes regional and international meetings and extablishes linkages with institutions and organisations in other parts of the world to exchange information, insights and experiences in the area of regional political-security cooperation.
CSCAP activities are guided by a Steering Committee and is co-chaired by a member from an ASEAN Member Committee and a member from a non-ASEAN Member Committee. The Co-Chairs are Ambassador Leela K. Ponappa from CSCAP-India as the Non-ASEAN Co-Chair and Associate Professor Nguyen Thai Yen Huong from CSCAP-Vietnam as the ASEAN Co-Chair.
At the 39th Steering Committee Meeting held on 6 June 2013, Associate Professor Nguyen Thai Yen Huong of CSCAP Vietnam was appointed the ASEAN Co-Chair of CSCAP.