Busby and Krishnan on the Importance of Policy Towards Asia-Pacific Climate Vulnerabilities

At a recent Wilson Center event, experts gathered for the launch of The U.S. Asia-Pacific Rebalance, National Security, and Climate Change, a report produced by the Washington DC-based Center for Climate and Security in partnership with Carnegie Mellon University, the Center for a New American Security, and the University of Oxford. The report discusses the growing attention that climate change is receiving as a security policy concern, and the United States’ policy of “rebalance” toward the Asia-Pacific. Commenting on the past neglect that Asia has experienced is CEPSA researcher and LBJ School Associate Professor Joshua Busby and CEPSA Graduate Research Assistant Nisha Krishnan.

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Kaiser-Cross presents on ACLED at DOD Minerva Conference

Last September, former Strauss Center Student Fellow Sarah Kaiser-Cross delivered a presentation on the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED) at the Department of Defense Minerva Conference. Her presentation provided an overview of the ACLED project, a publicly available geo-referenced dataset on political violence. ACLED is supported by Minerva project funding through the Strauss Center’s CCAPS program, as well as by a European Research Commission grant.

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ACLED-Asia Releases August 2015 Conflict Trends Report

The August 2015 issue of ACLED-Asia’s Conflict Trends Report focuses on political violence events in Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Nepal, Bangladesh, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. The report notes an overall downward trend of politically violent events throughout the subcontinent and Southeast Asia, likely due, in part, to the start of the holy month of Ramadan, which ran from June 17-July 18. In addition to the occurrence of Ramadan, the general decline in the previous quarter continued throughout the summer.

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Busby to Participate on Peace, Conflict, and the Scale of Climate Risk Landscape Panel

On August 25, 2015, Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar Josh Busby will serve as a panelist on a webinar discussing the potential global affects climate risks have on the natural and social system. The Peace, Conflict, and the Scale of the Climate Risk Landscape webinar is part of the Global Security Initiative (GSI) at Arizona State University.

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ACLED-Asia Releases May 2015 Conflict Trends Report

The May 2015 issue of ACLED-Asia’s Conflict Trends Report focuses on political violence events in Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Nepal, Bangladesh, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. The report notes an overall downward trend of politically violent events throughout the subcontinent and Southeast Asia, largely due to a decline in active politically violent events in Bangladesh. ACLED also incorporates reporting on non-violent protesting into its analysis, which constitutes the majority of reported events within South Asia.

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Busby and Krishnan Present Findings of Current CEPSA Research

CEPSA researcher and LBJ School Associate Professor Joshua Busby along and CEPSA Graduate Research Assistant Nisha Krishnan recently presented at the International Studies Association annual convention earlier this year. The presentation focused on their findings related to widening the scope of attention in matters of climate change and security in Asia. Busby and Krishnan asserted that Asia has not received sufficient attention on climate vulnerability issues as other regions such as Africa. The uneven interest towards Africa is most likely a result of known and expected vulnerabilities in the continent coupled with individual countries' lack of capacity to address issues of security and climate change.

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Position Opening: GIS and Data Student Technician

The Strauss Center is seeking a GIS and Data Student Technician to assist coordinating data and mapping used in modeling climate-related disaster vulnerability as part of the Center’s program on Complex Emergencies and Political Stability in Asia (CEPSA). The CEPSA program explores the confluence of insecurities that impact vulnerability to disasters and complex emergencies in Asia and assesses potential strategies for response. The program focuses on six countries in South Asia (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka) and five countries in Southeast Asia (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam).

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Consultation Workshop on Complex Emergencies and Political Stability in Asia

The CEPSA program held a one-day consultation workshop on March 5, 2015. The workshop brought together 23 participants from the CEPSA team, other universities, and nongovernmental organizations to review research memos produced by the program’s six research teams and provide critique and feedback.

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New Dataset on Conflict Trends in South and Southeast Asia

The Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED) has released a new dataset of political violence in South and Southeast Asia as a part of the Strauss Center’s new program analyzing the drivers of complex emergencies and political stability in Asia.

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ACLED Expands Conflict Tracking to Asia

The Armed Conflict Location and Event Database (ACLED) is now tracking conflict events in Asia as a part of the Strauss Center's new program on Complex Emergencies and Political Stability in Asia (CEPSA). ACLED is directed by Dr. Clionadh Raleigh, Strauss Center Associate and Professor of Human Geography at the University of Sussex.

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