While climate volatility certainly poses a threat to Australia, the more immediate cause of this year's massive fires is poor land and forest management.
Ramesh Thakur is Professor in the Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University; adjunct professor, Institute for Ethics, Governance and Law, Griffith University, and editor-in-chief of Global Governance from Jan. 1, 2013. He began writing for The Japan Times in 1998 as Vice Rector of the United Nations University.
For Ramesh Thakur's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
India represents the most successful example in history of managing the challenge of unity in diversity, but the ruling party's Hindutva agenda threatens this achievement.
To turn optimistic long-term forecasts into reality, Asian states will have to overcome the major challenges of mass poverty, jobless growth, rising inequality and the middle-income trap.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi lost his nerve again and has locked India into a bleak future.
We increase the probability of a self-fulfilling prophecy of growing direct nuclear threats by merely opening the discussion of independent deterrents.
The focus should be on deterring Pyongyang from starting a war or committing acts of aggression, containing it, and constructing defensive shields.
Signing the nuclear weapons ban treaty would send a powerful message of the priority Tokyo gives nuclear disarmament.
The rapid deterioration of nuclear arms control, disarmament and non-proliferation pacts adds to the rising risk of the use of nuclear weapons.
India's decision to withdraw Kashmir's special status threatens to be the spark that starts a war.
The distance from hubris to delusion is short and the Trump administration is bent on covering it in a sprint in its India policy.