Stalled hope? The resource conflict risk to Myanmar’s political and economic transition

  • Author: Scott Hickie
  • Published: 3 November 2014

In 2011, Myanmar’s quasi-civilian government initiated one of the most ambitious economic and political transformation campaigns of the last 50 years. The reformist agenda has the potential to steer Myanmar away from insecurity and economic stagnation. But it will be difficult to leverage significant endowments of natural resources to achieve sustainable security, lasting political settlements with ethnic states and economic growth that supports human development. As such, this briefing paper assesses the trajectory and significance of resource conflict risks and threat multipliers in Myanmar. Read more

India’s water crisis: Causes and cures

  • Source: National Bureau of Asian Research
  • Filed: 20 August 2013

Water touches every aspect of life, and in India uncertainty over access to and the availability of this basic resource may be reaching crisis levels. The World Health Organisation estimates that 97 million Indians lack access to safe water today. Read more

Preventing water wars in South Asia

  • Source: Chatham House, The World Today
  • Filed: 5 August 2013

Rivers cross borders and reducing their flow raises tensions and costs lives. Disputes over water threaten to aggravate tensions in South Asia, in particular, for years to come. Multilateral cooperation is becoming vital. Read more

2012 least deadly for natural disasters in 10 years, but lack of resilience leaves key economies at ‘extreme risk’

  • Source: Maplecroft
  • Filed: 14 March 2013

2012 was the least deadly for natural disasters in the last 10 years, due largely to the lack of major events outside high-income countries. However, there is a danger that this may encourage further complacency in some of the most exposed and least resilient countries. Read more

Climate extremes: Recent trends with implications for national security

  • Source: Harvard University
  • Filed: 18 February 2013

A new study was conducted by the Harvard University Center for the Environment to explore the forces driving extreme weather events and their impacts over the next decade, specifically with regard to their implications for national security planning. Read more

Global food: Waste not, want not

  • Source: Institution of Mechanical Engineers
  • Filed: 11 January 2013

We produce about 4bn metric tonnes of food per annum. Yet due to poor practices in harvesting, storage and transportation, as well as market and consumer wastage, it is estimated that 30-50% of all food produced never reaches a human stomach. Read more

West Africa’s new oil province: Security challenges and risks

  • Source: Consultancy Africa Intelligence
  • Filed: 5 December 2012

Major security issues may stunt the rise of a new oil province along the coast of Ghana, Ivory Coast, Liberia and Sierra Leone before revenues have even started to flow, impeding West Africa’s second coming in the global oil and gas market. Read more

Food security in 75% of African countries at high or extreme risk

  • Source: Maplecroft
  • Filed: 15 October 2012

Despite strong economic growth, food security remains an issue of primary importance for Africa with 75% of the continent’s countries classified as at ‘high’ or ‘extreme risk’ of food crises according to one risk analysis company. Read more


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