Deep Seabed Minerals: A New Frontier in the Pacific Region
Minerals, such as rare earth metals, are increasingly becoming an important commodity in a resource-constrained world economy. As a result new frontiers both onshore and offshore, to the depths of the ocean, are emerging around the world. The Pacific region stands at the forefront of this pioneering venture. Yet concerns abound about the environmental impacts of future offshore mining projects on deep sea ecosystems. With limited experience in managing extractive resources and embryonic capacities to oversee offshore activities, Pacific Island Governments must remain cautious in making decisions about whether to engage with seabed mining activities, and consider how to do so in the best and long-term interest of their nations. Conscious of the opportunities but also the risks, States in the Pacific Islands region have recently embarked on a regional initiative. This initiative is the development of policy and legislative regimes to manage seabed mining activities, with the assistance of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community and the European Union.
Webinar Report: ISDP-KIIP Virtual Symposium on Climate Change
On November 25-26, 2021, ISDP and the Kajima Institute of International Peace jointly organized a symposium on “Renewable Energy and Climate Cooperation: A Case for Sweden and Japan” and brought […]
Webinar Report: Sweden-Japan Climate Cooperation
On June 24, 2021, the Institute for Security and Development Policy (ISDP) organized the Sweden-Japan Climate Cooperation webinar. The aim of the webinar was to introduce comprehensive overviews of Sweden […]
The BRI vs FOIP: Japan’s Countering of China’s Global Ambitions
Abstract With the Donald Trump administrated U.S. turning inwards, the world saw Japan taking a step forward on the global stage during Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s tenure. Not only did […]