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Climate Change and Security in South Asia

760px-Asia_Koppen_MapWe have spent a lot of time over the last week focusing on climate change and instability in the Middle East and North Africa.  For a change of pace, and geography, here is a quick glimpse of some recent developments in South Asia.

  • On February 26, 2013, Pakistan launched its first ever National Climate Change Policy. The next major hurdle for the country is implementing the policy. Some measures will include implementing early warning systems and conducting impact assessments. Managing water, both too much and too little of it, will be a key component to the implementation process.
  • For more on regional climate security in South Asia, check out the keynote address delivered by Larry Brilliant, President of the Skoll Global Threats Fund, to the 2013 Delhi Sustainable Development Summit.  The address covers both the broader climate and security dimensions facing the region from melting glaciers, sea level rise and shared water resources, to a poignant look at local level impacts on human security.
  • Lastly, on February 8, 2013, the United States-Indonesia Society and the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta hosted a Special Open Forum breakfast and discussion with Admiral Samuel J. Locklear III, the Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM), in Jakarta. The discussion focused on Admiral Locklear’s perspective on the Asia-Pacific rebalance and included significant references to the security environment in general, and climate risks specifically.  We’ll have more on this event later, but for now it is worth reading Admiral Locklear’s full remarks, “Resilience and the Asia-Pacific Rebalance.” His perspective is consistent with some of the main points we made in a previous piece calling on the U.S. to align its Asia-Pacific pivot with investments in climate resilience in the region.

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