1st APWF Webinar: Climate Change and National Security

Date: 2020-9-14

APWF organized a webinar  on 23rd September 2020 17:00 (JST).

The Speaker of 1st APWF Webinar
Dr. Cecilia Tortajada, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Water Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore

Climate change and National Security


Climate change has meant that security of all countries is inextricably bound not only to their own climate security but to that of their neighbour states, requiring a shift in diplomacy in foreign policy agendas. Climate change and an increasingly deteriorating environment is resulting in far more than water scarcity, stress on food and agricultural products, rising sea levels, and floods and droughts. They are also resulting in unexpected impacts on the integrity of the borders of countries which neighbours are at risk of climate-related crises. In order to maintain this integrity, countries in the Global North will have to increase their economic and technical support, as well as humanitarian efforts, to assist the Global South to develop strategies that help them become more resilient. Failure to do so could create problems that ultimately threaten their own interests and perpetuate a chain of reactions that will affect them one way or another.

– Climate change and national security: The rules of foreign policy are changing, Cecilia Tortajada and Theodore Lai, Policy Forum, March 17, 2020, https://www.policyforum.net/climate-change-and-national-security/
– Hartley, K., Tortajada, C., and Biswas, A.K. (2017). Confronting Global Security in an Era of Water Instabilities. Foreign Policy. Available at: http://www.foreignpolicyjournal.com/2017/02/03/confronting-global-security-in-an-era-of-water-instabilities/ 
– Dr. Cecilia Tortajada’s CV, including her publications list is available at: https://lkyspp.nus.edu.sg/docs/default-source/iwp/cecilia-tortajada-cv.pdf?sfvrsn=c142400a_2