2021 in Asian Geopolitics: A Retrospective
By Ankit Panda and Catherine Putz
What were the major developments and events that drove geopolitical trends in Asia in 2021?
China’s Vision for Environmental Leadership
By Marina Kaneti
China’s climate diplomacy expands far beyond the COP process at this point, but its larger framework is often overlooked abroad.
India and China Can Quit Coal Earlier, But the World Must Work Alongside Them
By Beibei Yin
We need a much more ambitious global partnership on the phasing out of coal, one that thinks and acts beyond what is perceived as feasible today.
Explaining China’s Climate Cop Out
By William Hurst
Domestic factors continue to hold back the implementation of the Chinese government's ambitious climate promises.
India’s Road to Net-Zero
By Jitendra Bisht and Soumya Singhal
India’s aspirational climate action policies fit into a general pattern of incremental progress at the global level that lacks the collective sense of urgency required.
Indonesia’s Participation at COP26
By Noto Suoneto and Gracia Paramitha
From deforestation to coal use, Indonesia was in the spotlight during the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Glasgow.
Australia Disappoints at COP26
By Joshua Mcdonald
Australian leaders appear thankful that the global commitments at COP26 weren’t more ambitious.
What COP26’s Shift Away From Coal Means for Mongolia
By Bolor Lkhaajav
Coal-based economies like Mongolia will need a rewiring of climate finance to make a transition to clean energy possible.
Can a Military Be Both Accountable and Environmental?
By Jacob Parakilas
Militaries can be made greener or they can have more human control. They probably can’t be both.
Kishida Places Japan’s Business Interests at the Forefront of Climate Policy
By Duncan Bartlett
The new prime minister told COP26 that Japan will lead the push for greener energy in Asia. However, like India and China, Japan is reluctant to consign coal to history.
Will Cambodia Commit to Protecting Its Forests?
By Nith Kosal
Over the past two decades, Cambodia has lost 28 percent of its tree cover. Inaction will mean further losses.
What Did South Korea Promise at COP26?
By Troy Stangarone
South Korea is among the world’s most carbon intense economies. What changes is Seoul willing to make?