Athaulla Rasheed’s doctoral research proposes to explore the impact of small island developing states (SIDS) in building international awareness about climate security. The research will particularly focus on the UN Security Council (UNSC) debates on climate change. While the UNSC has raised the issue of climate change as a potential security threat, climate security has not been institutionalised in the international security context.
The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is an ambitious Chinese program to influence global affairs through geoeconomics. Since its inception in 2013, it has become fundamental to understanding China’s grand strategy. Eight years later the BRI has over 145 member countries, many of whom seek infrastructure development. This pre-submission seminar by Pete Connolly examines changes in Chinese statecraft across Timor-Leste, PNG, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Fiji, since the introduction of the BRI in 2018 and 2019.