Focus Asia is a biannual series of public lectures and research days hosted by the Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies at Lund University.
This fall, in our ninth event so far, we are examining the inter-relationships between the environment and security. The endless and increasingly competitive search for resources, be they food, water, or energy related, is proving to be a potent cause of divisions and conflicts.
Our first lecture looks at a region that has been the focus of much international scrutiny of late: the North West Frontier Province of Pakistan. This case neatly demonstrates the relationship between land and water management issues and security in a region plagued by conflict.
Our second lecture moves onto the issue of energy security; another hot topic in Asia. An emergent China with expanding energy needs illustrates the importance of a coherent energy policy. This lecture will examine the impact of these energy policies on regional security and the reduction of conflict.
In addition, this fall we are excited to be able to offer, in conjunction with The Rural Development Group (RuDe), an open lecture by Dr. Peter Timmer of Stanford University on food security in Asia.
The first two lectures will take place in the Java Hall (Alfa 1010), in the Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies and the Peter Timmer lecture will take place in Kulturens hörsal.
Please see programme and abstracts for more information.
All are welcome!