BRIEFER: Climate Change and Vietnamese Fisheries, Opportunities for Conflict Prevention

The Center for Climate and Security’s Dr. Marcus Dubois King writes about the climate change-fisheries-conflict nexus in a new briefer titled “Climate Change and Vietnamese Fisheries: Opportunities for Conflict Prevention.” The article will also appear in a forthcoming multi-author volume from the Center. For the full briefer, click here. For a summary, see below.

Summary: Climate Change and Vietnamese Fisheries: Opportunities for Conflict Prevention

Vietnamese fisheries in the South China Sea are a vital economic resource that is in decline and susceptible to climate change. Chinese vessels have engaged Vietnamese counterparts as they pursue catches in waters claimed by China. Projected further northward migration of fish stocks into these waters caused by warming ocean temperatures could aggravate tensions as Vietnamese fishers follow. Likewise, climate change’s impacts on Vietnamese aquaculture threaten food security in areas including those experiencing heavy inward migration. Ethnic minority groups experience a disproportionate share of the negative consequences; a situation that may aggravate existing tensions. Vietnam is an emerging strategic partner in the region. Vietnamese conflict with China and internal instability are inimical to U.S. interests. As it rebalances foreign policy toward the Asia-Pacific, the U.S. government should dedicate more resources, including military assets and climate finance, toward improving climate resilience and fisheries management in Vietnam. Constructive engagement on climate change can promote Vietnamese internal and external security while reducing the possibility of conflict with China. Click here for the full briefer.

Join the Discussion: How to Address the Fragility Risks Climate Change Poses?


Join The Center for Climate and Security’s Caitlin Werrell and others for a live twitter chat tomorrow, June 25, at 10am EST. We will be discussing the newly released G7 report, “A New Climate for Peace” authored by The Wilson Center, International Alert and adelphi. Below is a cross-posted overview of the report by Lauren Herzer, that first appeared on the New Security Beat(more…)

Australian Climate Security: The Longest Conflict

Australian Military personnel help Tsunami victims, Banda Aceh, Sumatra. Photo by Benjamin D. Glass

Australian Military personnel help Tsunami victims, Banda Aceh, Sumatra. Photo by Benjamin D. Glass

Australia’s Centre For Policy Development (CPD) just released a new report, The Longest Conflict: Australia’s Climate Security Challenge. The report draws lessons from climate security policies in the US and the UK and from interviews with national security and military leaders and existing analysis. UK Rear Admiral Neil Morisetti was at the report launch event and was interviewed by the Australian ABC News. As the United States pivots to Asia, aligning with Australia to prepare for and mitigate climate risks could be an important piece to that strategy. According the report’s authors, while Australia has acknowledged the security risks associated with climate, it could do more. (more…)

Climate Security June Calendar of Events

A meeting of the NATO Ministers of Defense (DoD Photo By Glenn Fawcett) (Released)

A meeting of the NATO Ministers of Defense (DoD Photo By Glenn Fawcett) (Released)

There are quite a few events over the next month exploring the links between climate change, natural resources, and security. Speakers for these events include some of the best and brightest defense and foreign policy thinkers that collectively have centuries worth of experience tackling some of the world’s most complex issues. Thanks in part to the increasing complexity of the world’s technology, many of these events will be available online to watch live and/or recorded. Below is a list of those events, organized by date.


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