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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…

How Afghanistan rattled Asia and emboldened China

Tessa Wong and Zhaoyin Feng, BBC News – 24 August 2021 The responses from Asian countries after the fall of Kabul have been overwhelmingly in scepticism of the U.S.’ intentions and trustworthiness in the region. Whilst Singapore warned that they were watching the country’s next moves in response to the situation, China has stepped up…

After Afghanistan, the Pax Americana is over – as is Nato. About time too

Simon Tisdall, The Guardian – 21 August 2021 According to this article on The Guardian, Joe Biden has “undermined the western alliance” with his “undeserved contempt for Afghan forces and obliviousness to the sacrifices of Nato allies”. The author argues a need for a more balanced and respectful security relationship between the US and Europe…

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…

Fears that Afghanistan could slip into anarchy and civil war – Roddy Gow

Roddy Gow OBE, The Scotsman – 10 June 2021 In this short article on The Scotsman, Asia Scotland Institute Chairman, Roddy Gow OBE, reflects on the large numbers of Scottish servicemen and women killed in conflicts within Afghanistan. He also considers our recent webinar ‘The Future of Afghanistan’, in which the panellists and most of…

Aggressive sea control isn’t an option for India’s navy

Abhijit Singh, The Interpreter – 17 March 2021 From sea denial to sea control, Abhijit Singh of The Interpreter details a debate among the news source’s writers of which maritime strategy India should choose to signal resolve to China in the Indian Ocean. Read the full article here.

UK, South Korea deepen defence ties

Jon Grevatt, Janes – 7 January 2021 The Ministry of National Defense in Seoul have announced their intentions to deepen defence ties with the UK. Amid a heightened security environment along the Korean Peninsula and a new, post-Brexit world for the UK, expanding defence cooperation between South Korea and the UK is a welcome effort…