Climate Security in Island Nations: Studying Maldives and Samoa

Athaulla Rasheed

Event details

SSGM Seminar

Date & time

Wednesday 12 July 2023


Coombs Seminar Room F, HC Coombs Building, 9 Fellows Road, ANU


Athaulla Rasheed




Athaulla Rasheed, PhD Candidate, Department of Pacific Affairs

PLEASE NOTE: This is a hybrid event and will take place in-person as well as on Zoom.

Small island developing states (SIDS) recognise climate change as the single greatest threat to their development, sustainability, and security. They illustrate how climate-induced events such as sea level rise and severe weather events threaten the everyday lives of people across the world. While the security communities prioritise traditional threats and geopolitical rivalry, communities in island nations are concerned about an ongoing existential threat and its impact on their potential for development.

Please join PhD candidate Athaulla (‘Atho’) Rasheed as he presents an update on his research. Using the cases of Maldives and Samoa, Athaulla aims to show how SIDS have navigated their security interests in terms of climate security. This presentation will discuss some aspects of climate security in Maldives. It will provide a pathway to the analysis of Samoa and the final empirical findings of the PhD research.

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