— New data shows that for six months in 2019, while China received above average precipitation, its dams held back more water than ever — even as downstream countries suffered through an unprecedented drought.
— The Mekong Infrastructure Tracker is the premier resource for researchers to track, monitor, and quantify the development of energy, transportation, and water infrastructure assets and the social, economic, and ecological changes they bring to South East Asia.
— The Mekong Dam Monitor platform lifts the veil on dam operations and water levels on the Mekong in a way that’s never been possible before. With innovations like the ‘virtual gauge’ and by pulling various data into one place, we are empowering a wide range of stakeholders across the region.
— Washington’s strategic bet on India reflects a U.S. perception of converging strategic interests in promoting global and regional security, offsetting China’s growing military and economic power in Asia, and protecting the sea lanes running through the Indian Ocean.
This requires a capable Indian military establishment.
— Deterrence and crisis instability will likely intensify alongside further strategic and conventional force modernization.
— The newly released free online course, Deterrence in Southern Asia, offers students comprehensive and diverse perspectives on deterrence in theory and in practice from the Cold War to Southern Asia today.
— As countries across Asia have responded to the first COVID-19 outbreaks, each had a different experience, faced unique challenges, and saw varied success.
— Audrey Tang, Taiwan's Digital Minister, on the importance of open governance, multi-generational dialogue, and their work on an app in response to the COVID-19 outbreak
International Order & Conflict
Shifting Power: Transitioning to Renewable Energy in United Nations Field Missions
— Identifies practical, bureaucratic, leadership, and other challenges to implementing a new approach to energy at UN field missions
— clear, evidence-based approaches for facilitating political resolutions to conflict and a rigorous methodology for assessing the impact of political interventions
— The UN Refugee Agency’s historical engagement with Rohingya refugees reveals a pattern of displacement and unsafe returns