The Himalayas have long been the sources of spiritual inspirations, symbols of awe and wonder, and crossroads of exchange for vast swaths of Asian societies and even the world. In recent years, however, the much-storied “roof of the world” has been under increasing pressure of development, urbanization, and global environmental change. The escalated political tension between China and India, with China being the upstream riparian and India the downstream counterpart, further complicates the security and sustainability of the region, threatening to strain the vulnerable ecosystems of the Himalayas with even more military presence and infrastructural buildup. This panel brings together top experts in the study of transnational environmental challenges, in an effort to spell out the implications of China-India politics for the ecology, conservation, and peace of the Himalayas.
- Yifei Li, NYU Shanghai
- Brian Eyler, STIMSON Center
- Bryan Tilt, Oregon State University
- Judith Shapiro, American University
- Selina Ho, National University of Singapore