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Climate Change as a Threat Multiplier in East Asia

In this lecture, delivered to second and third year undergraduate students studying my subject Contemporary Politics in the Asia-Pacific Region, I explore the threat multiplier effect of climate change through the concepts of climate change vulnerability and adaptive capacity, in the context of the Asia-Pacific region. The lecture identifies at-risk states in the region, arguing that regional countries are highly vulnerable to climate change impacts in addition to significant pre-existing socio-economic weaknesses.  I see an increasing probability of heightened risk of strategic shocks in the future, though I do not discount the possibility of increased cooperation if states can build on their common interests in climate change mitigation and adaptation.

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  • Climate Change as a Threat Multiplier in East Asia (http://drbenjaminhabib.wordpress.com/2013/08/14/climate-change-threat-multiplier-east-asia/) Visit

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