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Asia Transnational Threats Forum: Climate change in Asia

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Welcome remarks, introduction and keynote address

Welcome remarks, introduction and keynote address
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Welcome remarks, introduction and keynote address

The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has reported that global warming contributes to climate-related threats, such as rising sea levels, more frequent extreme weather events, and species loss and extinction. Authoritative studies indicate that such environmental degradation and climate change are likely to lead to catastrophic flooding, increased resource competition, and instability in all forms. In the Asia-Pacific region, climate change presents an urgent and growing challenge with profound implications. What are the effects of climate change on governance, economy, military, and human security in Asia? How will the climate crisis influence and shape future conflicts? What does climate leadership look like today, and how are the U.S. and Asia-Pacific countries preparing for these challenges?

On December 16, the Center for East Asia Policy Studies at Brookings hosted distinguished U.S. and regional experts to discuss climate change and security threats. The panelists reviewed the climate emergency, delved into its implications for regional governance and security dynamics, and examined mitigation strategies.

This conference is part of the Asia Transnational Threats Forum, an interdisciplinary forum launched by the Brookings Institution Korea Chair to harness the collective expertise of U.S. and foreign partners to tackle key strategic issues affecting all of Asia. Previous discussions were on cybersecurity in Asia in June 2018 and counterterrorism in Asia in December 2018.


Welcome remarks

John Allen

President - The Brookings Institution

Introduction and keynote address


Fekitamoeloa Katoa ‘Utoikamanu

UN High Representative - Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States

Climate threat in the Asia-Pacific

Mely Caballero-Anthony

Professor - International Relations

Head - The Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University

Suh-Yong Chung

Professor - International Studies

Director - Global Leadership Development Center, Korea University

Sherri Goodman

Senior Fellow - Environmental Change and Security Program and Polar Institute, Wilson Center

Mitigating impending crises

Hiroshi Ohta

Professor - School of International Liberal Studies, Waseda University

Joel Vowell

Deputy J5 - United States Indo-Pacific Command

Former Federal Executive Fellow - The Brookings Institution

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