Asia-Pacific Climate Security Project (APCS)

International Symposium on Climate Security in Asia-Pacific

8 February 2024 (Thu) 13:00 - 19:00 JST (GMT+9:00)
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As the climate crisis worsens, the nexus between security considerations and climate is attracting both policy and academic attention. Despite its socio-political importance, the significance of considering climate change from a security and diplomatic perspective has yet to be fully explored in the policy arena and on-the-ground actions. The interwoven nature of this nexus demands that policymakers be equipped with informed decision-making approaches to shape efficient policies.

Against this background, the Asia-Pacific Climate Security (APCS) project, a new initiative of the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, aims to provide guidance for policy and diverse sector developments in Japan and the Asia-Pacific region. For that, we can and should utilise multiple security approaches in responding to climate change-induced uncertainties. This research project deals with some key thematic areas that interconnect with climate security, such as energy security, food security, climate-induced mobilities, climate change adaptation and maritime security. Such an integrated approach is crucial because climate change is an extremely cross-disciplinary issue, and it is essential to be aware of the linkages among the various fields in order to develop efficient responses.

IGES is organising an international symposium on climate security in Asia-Pacific to mark the launch of this initiative. Through interactive discussions with experts from Japan and abroad, it aims to strengthen the understanding of the necessary interventions needed in this dynamic policy area and to design research directions on how to respond to these challenges.  In addition, this symposium will facilitate discussions on the current issues within each of the key themes mentioned above and unravel the complex dynamics among them. For that, following the plenary session, which introduces the issue, three thematic sessions are planned to facilitate discussions on the overarching issues: resource diplomacy, climate security and geopolitics; migration, food and human security, and risks mitigation; ocean policy and maritime governance. Through these discussions, we aim to gain insight into the relationship between climate change and security and possible policy responses. 

Event Details

8 February 2024 (Thu) 13:00 - 19:00 JST (GMT+9:00)


The University of Tokyo Institute for Future Initiatives
English, Japanese
(Simultaneous interpretation)

Presentation Materials

Convening language: English. Simultaneous translation will be provided for Japanese audience
MC: Yuri Katsuike, Senior Communications Officer
13:00-13:10Opening RemarksTsuyoshi Kawakami,  Acting Managing Director, IGES 
Ichiro Sakata, Deputy Director, Institute for Future Initiatives and Special Advisor to the President of The University of Tokyo
13:10-14:10Plenary: Climate Security Risks in Asia-Pacific
Keynote SpeechHideshi Tokuchi, President, Research Institute for Peace and Security (RIPS)PDF (817KB)

Panel Discussion

Moderator:Naoyuki Okano, Policy researcher, Adaptation and Water Area, IGES 
Panel DiscussionTomokazu Serizawa, Climate Security Specialist, Crisis Bureau, UNDPPDF (1.7MB)
Michael Mehling, Deputy Director, Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
Hideshi Tokuchi, President, Research Institute for Peace and Security (RIPS) 
Yasuko Kameyama, Professor, Sustainable Society Design Center, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, The University of Tokyo 
Lukas Ruettinger, Senior Advisor, Climate Diplomacy and Security Programme, adelphi 
14:20-15:20Thematic Discussion 1: Climate Mitigation, Resource Diplomacy and Geopolitics 


Kentaro Tamura, Programme Director, Climate and Energy Area, IGES 
 Jane Nakano, Senior Fellow, Energy Security and Climate Change Program, Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) 
Kapil Narula, Senior Analyst, International cooperation , Climate Champions Team 
Nanda Kumar Janardhanan, Deputy Director, Climate and Energy Area / South Asia Regional Coordinator, Strategic Management Office, IGESPDF (987KB)
15:30-16:30Thematic Discussion 2: Migration, Food and Human Security, and Risks Mitigation


Nazia Hussain, Assistant Professor, Institute for Future Initiatives, The University of Tokyo 
 Nagisa Shiiba, Policy Researcher, Adaptation and Water Area, IGESPDF (1.5MB)
Kei Kurushima, Policy Researcher, Adaptation and Water Area, IGESPDF (1.9MB)
Ako Muto, Specially Appointed Research Fellow, JICA Ogata Sadako Research Institute for Peace and Development 
16:40-17:40Thematic Discussion 3: Ocean Policy and Maritime Governance


Miko Maekawa, Senior Research Fellow, Ocean Policy Research Institute (OPRI) - Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF) 
 Kazumine Akimoto, Special Research Fellow, Ocean Policy Research Institute (OPRI) - Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF)    PDF (324KB)
Gabriel Dominguez Cespedes, Asia Correspondent / Defense Editor,Editorial, The Japan TimesPDF (964KB)
Fabrizio Bozzato, Senior Research Fellow, Ocean Policy Research Institute (OPRI) - Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF)PDF (3.1MB)
17:50-19:00Integrative Session: Bridging climate security debates with policy implications


Osamu Mizuno, Programme Director, Adaptation and Water Area, IGES 
 Uttam Sinha, Senior Fellow, Non-traditional Security Centre, Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses 
Takashi Sekiyama, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Advanced Integrated Studies in Human Survivability, Kyoto University 
Prabhakar Sivapuram, Principal Policy Researcher, Adaptation and Water Area, IGES 
Tobias Ide, Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, Murdoch University 

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