Since more than a few distinguished readers of this blog have expertise in matters dealing with fish and clean oceans in the Far East, and because environmental issues in East Asia are set to take center stage this year (Mount Paektu eruption, anyone?), I thought I might call your attention to an upcoming event:
Environmental Cooperation in Northeast Asia:Challenges and Prospects // A Conference at George Washington University, March 4, 2011
Rationale: In Northeast Asia, environmental degradation and competition over scarce resources have the potential to contribute to political tension in a region that still has many remaining territorial disputes and where distrust among neighboring countries is still an issue. Recently, the region has seen new efforts to improve inter-regional cooperation between states, such as Russia, China and Japan. Joint monitoring, cooperative research, and harmonization of standards and processes can serve the dual function of resolving common environmental problems and improving relations among states. On the other hand, it is pointed out that in most issue areas, the states of Northeast Asia have not yet developed a shared understanding of common environmental problems. They will discuss how we can evaluate the emerging environmental cooperation in the region, what is needed to promote further regional cooperation among states of the region on environmental issues.
“Frenemies? Russia-China Interactions on Energy and Environmental Issues”// Dr. Elizabeth Wishnick, Montclair State University
Governing Russia’s Forests: When Are Transnational Initiatives Effective? //Dr. Laura A. Henry, Bowdoin College
Environmental Conservation of the Amur River and the Sea of Okhotsk: Regional Cooperation between China, Japan and Russia? //Dr. Yasunori Hanamatsu, George Washington University
Keep your eyes peeled for future appearances and interviews on this blog with specialists on the above issues. After all, in the process of enjoying life in Seattle this spring, I am fortunate to have the opportunity to be smacked upside the head by interactions with some-high voltage scholars whose writings, thoughts, models, and way of life calls our attention again to the sea, and environmental impacts (and thus, again, politics!) of transnational maritime East Asia.