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Security Commentaries #002 

January 15th, 2021 - Approx. 6 min read  


Special Edition - The US Election Story 

  • What does the violent aftermath of last Thursday’s “Save America March” mean for American democracy at home and abroad moving forward?

Asia Pacific 

  • Climate Change is still an issue, even during a COVID-19 -Why Southeast Asia will get the short end of the stick when it comes to climate change and its post-COVID-19 recovery. 

Around the World

  • A Blue Arctic The northernmost part of the earth is witnessing its most transformative shift in terms of its landscape in eons. New findings show that plastics aren’t the only ones moving in to roost.

The Siege of Capitol Hill

America is NOT Back—The View from Asia - Richard Chen 

Last week’s turmoil in the U.S. capital sent a clear message that reverberated through the rest of the Free World, and in particular to new democracies in Asia, not to mention America’s adversaries in the region. In fact, America is unfortunately not back yet. At least not anytime soon. 

Today we will examine: How it Happened, The View from Asia, and Where Do We Go From Here ... Read more

Climate Change is still an issue, even during COVID-19
- Jaime Ocon

Although the focus of 2020 has no doubt been about the COVID-19 pandemic, it would be reluctant to disregard the continued failures to prevent climate change, particularly in Southeast Asia. The region saw huge economic breakthroughs this year with both the signings of the RCEP and an investment deal between the EU and China. Major economic progress makes this part of the world unique, as Southeast Asia faces challenges from both promoting economic integration, while at the same time abiding by preventive climate change regulations ... Read more

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A Blue Arctic 
Richard Chen 

Earlier this week, scientists and researchers from the Ocean Wise Conservation Association in Vancouver, published in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Communications, that they have identified polyester fibers floating around the ocean in the Arctic region. Four expeditions, including one made by the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Louis S. St. Laurent transiting from Norway to Canada late last year, further confirmed the pervasive evidence of microfibers all throughout their route across the Arctic. Despite the region being long dubbed as one of the most remote places of the world, Prof. Peter S. Ross, the lead researcher for the project assessed: “[the number of microfibers] is approaching levels found in the open Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.”... Read more

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Editors : Richard Chen & Jaime Ocon
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