Articles & Contributions from Members & Partners

Climate change: the implications for regional security

Zachary Abuza, Radio Free Asia – 1 November 2021 Southeast Asia is one of the regions most vulnerable to the effects of climate change and, according to this article on Radio Free Asia, the most imminent threat from climate change to the region is security: rising seas will inundate cities, temperature will affect food production…

China’s deafening silence speaks loudest at global climate talks

The Straits Times – 6 November 2021 After the first week of meetings at the COP26 summit in Glasgow, climate experts have noted China’s “deafening silence” at the talks. Noted was their small delegation, lack of voice in talks and their push-back against calls to cut carbon emissions more quickly. Read the full article here.

Is Asia and the Pacific Ready for the Global Climate Stage?

Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, IISD – 1 November 2021 There is a clear change of direction and cause for optimism concerning climate change momentum in Asia and the Pacific, but vested interests could act to slow this down. This article by The International Institute for Sustainable Development looks at whether the region is ready for the…

How Asia is crucial in the battle against climate change

The Economist – 30 October 2021 Despite clear directions of change, it is evident that vested interests in Asia will act to slow cooperation on climate change solutions. This article on The Economist looks at the reliance on coal consumption in Asia and explains why the region is vital in climate stabilisation. Read the full…

Climate threat over South Asia

Jawed Naqvi, Dawn – 26 October 2021 In this article on Dawn, the author explains why the SAARC member countries should “wake up” to the imminent threat of climate change on their livelihoods, and put aside their chronic political differences to cooperate on solutions. Read the full article here.

Adapt or Abandon? Hard Choices in the Himalayas

T.V. Padma, Sapiens – 27 October 2021 “Home or away, then, these Himalayan communities find that maintaining their cultural identity, heritage, and way of life is an uphill task.” This article on Sapiens documents the struggles of people in the Himalayas as climate change disrupts their livelihoods. Read the full article here.


Roddy Gow, Chairman and Founder, The Asia Scotland Institute – 10th October 2021 Over the coming days, Glasgow will host the largest and most important sequel to the Paris Climate Accords. The hope is that the momentum generated by that meeting can be revived and a return of leadership from the United States be achieved. The…

What’s next for maritime cooperation between Indonesia and Australia?

Aristyo Rizka Darmawan, Asia and the Pacific Policy Society – 16 July 2021 The current Joint Declaration and Plan of Action between Australia and Indonesia is approaching the end of its terms, at which point both nations should “reflect on what can be done differently in order to enhance maritime cooperation into the future”. According…