Clingendael Webinar: Climate Security in the Bay of Bengal
15 Feb 2022 | 11:00-12:30 | online
The Bay of Bengal is emerging as an important focal point for climate security risks, according to the new report by the Planetary Security Initiative (PSI, at Clingendael) and the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS, in India). The region is home to a quarter of the world’s population and is at the mouth of a critical global choke point, the Malacca Strait. Climate change in the Bay of Bengal unfolds against a background of contestations in the broader Indian Ocean Region—such as intensifying competition between India, China, and extra-regional powers like the US, Japan, Australia, and the EU and its member states. These contestations occur with a simultaneous rise in emphasis on the Indo-Pacific.
In this public online event the new report will be launched and the report’s key findings and its policy implications will be discussed. The research is part of a long-term collaborative project on climate security in Southern Asia between PSI and IPCS, one of India’s oldest independent think-tanks.
One of the key report findings is that the Bay of Bengal is not only extremely vulnerable to climate change, but also to security risks related to climate impacts, such as sea level rise, heat waves, and storm surges. The region is also at escalated risk of instability. Since climate change poses a common threat, it also creates avenues for dialogue and cooperation—exploring such insights may well provide opportunities to better manage geopolitical friction.