The Security Nexus | Webinar on “The Changing Nature of Security in the Face of Climate and Environmental Disruption,” held on November 20, 2023, tackled the profound intersections between climate change, environmental crises, and global security. Hosted by Dr. James Minnich, a distinguished professor at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, the webinar featured a lineup of esteemed experts: Dr. Ethan Allen, Dr. Srini Sitaraman, and Dr. Sebastian Kevany, offering unique perspectives on the intricate ties between environmental disruptions and security challenges.

The webinar began by highlighting sobering statistics from the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, emphasizing the devastating impact of over 140 disasters in 2022 in the region. These crises resulted in tragic losses, including lives lost, millions impacted, and significant economic damages.

The discussions gravitated around the cascading effects of climate-induced disruptions, referencing poignant examples like the devastating floods in Pakistan, illustrating the nexus between natural disasters, climate emergencies, and public health crises.

The panelists, recognized for their co-authored article titled “Everything Everywhere All at Once: Wars, Climate Change, Natural Disasters, Coups, and Economic Collapse,” engaged in a comprehensive dialogue. Dr. Allen highlighted ecological impacts such as spreading invasive species, ocean acidification, wildfires, and melting polar ice. Dr. Sitaraman shed light on geopolitical ramifications, envisioning worsening scenarios and their implications for global stability. Dr. Kevany outlined the health dimensions, emphasizing disease spread, air quality deterioration, food/water insecurity, and mental health impacts.

The conversations delved into the interconnections between crises, revealing the complexity of simultaneous natural and human-made disasters and their detrimental effects on national and human security. The panelists explored unpreparedness in confronting multiple crises simultaneously and illuminated the challenges governments face in addressing these issues. 

Moreover, the webinar investigated strategies for mitigation and adaptation. Panelists emphasized the critical roles of regional cooperation, technological advancements, policy innovations, and the importance of climate-resilient infrastructure, early warning systems, sustainable agriculture, and health security frameworks in bolstering resilience.

Addressing audience-submitted questions, the discussion expanded on climate impacts on developing countries, military roles in addressing climate-related issues, environmental communications for climate refugees, and strategies adopted by major powers like China and the United States. 

The webinar concluded with gratitude to the esteemed guests and an invitation for future discussions. Dr. Minnich announced an upcoming exclusive interview with The Stimson Center’s Ms. Yun Sun on December 4, 2023, highlighting “China’s Perspective on Indo-Pacific Security” (register now).

In essence, the Security Nexus | Webinar provided a comprehensive exploration of the intricate connections between environmental disruptions and security challenges, emphasizing the urgency for collective cooperation, innovation, and dedication to secure a more resilient and sustainable future.

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Upcoming Webinars

Episode 9: Featuring Anny Barlow and host Professor James Minnich. This episode delves into the complex world of maritime security, highlighting the pressing issues of forced labor and illegal fishing practices. Anny Barlow, with her unique combination of expertise in physical oceanography and direct experience in commercial fishing and business consulting, offers a deep understanding of the challenges and solutions in this field. Key discussion points will include the impact of illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing on global security, innovative strategies to combat forced labor in the fishing industry, and the role of multinational corporations in fostering ethical and sustainable ocean use. This webinar is essential viewing for those passionate about the nexus of human rights, environmental sustainability, and maritime security.

Episode 11: Featuring Glyn Ford, a world-renowned expert on North Korea, as he peels back the layers of sensational headlines to reveal the complex dynamics shaping the future of the DPRK. With nearly 50 visits to North Korea, Mr. Ford brings unparalleled insights into the regime’s motivations, challenges, and potential paths.
In this exclusive webinar, you will have the opportunity to:
• Delve into the nuanced political, social, and economic landscape of North Korea beyond the nuclear rhetoric.
• Unpack recent developments, including the implications of the “main enemy” designation.
• Explore innovative solutions through Mr. Ford’s experiences with Track2Asia diplomacy and soft power initiatives.

Featuring esteemed guest Professor Michael Burgoyne alongside host Professor James Minnich. Engage in enlightening discussions that navigate Taiwan’s post-election trajectory, unravel geopolitical tensions, and explore defense strategies. Gain valuable insights into Taiwan’s evolving landscape post-election, encompassing economic resilience, diplomatic initiatives, and security measures. Don’t miss this opportunity to grasp pivotal strategic decisions shaping Taiwan’s future. It’s an unmissable chance to immerse yourself in this enriching discourse.

  • The podcast has been postponed to Monday, 25 March, from 3 pm to 4 pm (HST). We apologize for any inconvenience caused. January 30, 2024, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm HST
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Featuring Lieutenant Colonel Robyn Fellowes. Host Professor James Minnich guides us through Robyn’s transformative journey in the Australian Army. Discover her early life on a Queensland farm, her path to becoming the first Australian woman to earn the Commando Green Beret and her extensive global operational experiences. We’ll explore her pivotal role as a Military Gender Advisor, her influence in shaping the role of women in the military, insights from her memoir “Wings of Change,” and her invaluable advice for aspiring leaders. This episode is a unique opportunity to learn from a groundbreaking military leader.

The views expressed in this webinar are those of the participants and do not necessarily reflect the official position of the DKI APCSS or the United States government.