Nautilus Peace and Security – 3 September 2015

DETERRENCE: Obama pledged to reduce nuclear arsenal, then came this weapon
DPRK: Unprecedented nuclear strikes of the invincible army
GOVERNANCE AND CIVIL SOCIETY: China explosions: Tianjin residents hold protests
AUSTRAL PEACE AND SECURITY: Turning back the clock on UNCLOS

The Search for Interim Spent Nuclear Fuel Storage in South Korea

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Plans call for a continued expansion in South Korea’s fleet of nuclear reactors, but at the same time, facilities for the temporary storage of spent fuel, mostly in at-reactor pools, continue to fill up. Negotiations between the nuclear industry and central government agencies on one side, and local host communities on the other, for siting of interim spent fuel storage facilities, let alone permanent waste disposal facilities, have been largely ineffective to date, due in large part to a combination of the tactics used by authorities in approaching local communities, and a lack of unbiased information about nuclear facilities on the part of local stakeholders. In the last few years, a new effort to engage host communities has been undertaken, and shows some promise, though much work remains before agreements on facility siting can be reached.

Nautilus Peace and Security Network – 28 August 2015

DETERRENCE: No third use: an interview with Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue
DPRK: Full text of inter-Korean agreement: KCNA
GOVERNANCE AND CIVIL SOCIETY: Ten years later, contamination still plagues Maehyang Village
CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION: The coming financial climate: Aligning the financial system with sustainable development
AUSTRAL PEACE AND SECURITY: America invites Australia to bomb Arabs in Syria

Urban Security and Complexity in Northeast Asia

Complexity, Security and Civil Society in East Asia

Cities have become complex systems by virtue of their intersection with multiple global problems. Cities face new vulnerabilities and uncertainties as globalization proceeds apace. Conversely, by exploiting their increasing interdependence, cities can learn from each other and contribute to creating cross-city solutions to these common problems via complex, networked, and shared strategies.

In this report, Lee and Minato argue that city-city linkages, rather than central governments, are far more likely to create solutions commensurate with these rapidly evolving, linked problems.

Nautilus Peace and Security Network – 21 August 2015

DETERRENCE: Wide-area sensors shrinking as industry looks beyond military
DPRK: An updated estimate of energy use in the armed forces of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
GOVERNANCE AND CIVIL SOCIETY: Chinese Christians resist government plan to remove crosses
CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION: A conflict-sensitive approach to climate change mitigation and adaptation in the urbanizing Asia- Pacific
AUSTRAL PEACE AND SECURITY: PNG: more to Australia than just another point on a star

The Higher Management of Pine Gap

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by Desmond Ball, Bill Robinson and Richard Tanter 18 August 2015 The full report is available here. I. Introduction The higher management of Pine Gap is and has always been an entirely American affair. To understand Pine Gap today, it is necessary to understand the organisations of the US intelligence community and military concerned with […]

Nautilus Peace and Security Network – 14 August 2015

DETERRENCE: The Navy is preparing to launch swarm bots out of cannons
DPRK: North Korea seeking foreign investors after deal with Chinese company
GOVERNANCE AND CIVIL SOCIETY: Abe to include ‘apology’ in war anniversary statement
CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION: Tackling climate change and promoting sustainable development
CLIMATE CHANGE AND SECURITY: It’s not climate change — it’s everything change

The militarisation of Pine Gap: Organisations and Personnel

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Many Australians associate Pine Gap with the Central Intelligence Agency, and it probably remains the CIA’s most important technical intelligence collection station in the world. Yet Pine Gap is much more thoroughly militarised than in the past, with units of all four branches of the US armed forces now present, with close involvement in operations of the US military worldwide, including in Iraq and Afghanistan. The US military personnel now comprise about 66 per cent of the US Government employees (not counting contractor personnel) at Pine Gap. US military Service elements form a Combined Support Group (CSG). Through the 1990s, the growing Service presence supported Pine Gap’s primary (and during that period its sole) role, that of controlling and processing and analysing SIGINT collected by the NRO/CIA geosynchronous SIGINT satellites. Since then, the larger proportion of the CSG personnel have evidently been engaged in FORNSAT/COMSAT (Foreign Satellite/Communications Satellite) collection. Officially, they are engaged in Information Operations, Cyber Warfare and the achievement of Information Dominance. In practice, this involves monitoring Internet activities being transmitted via communications satellites, scouring e-mails, Web-sites and Chat Rooms for intelligence to support military operations, and particularly those involving Special Operations Forces, in Iraq and Afghanistan. They are undoubtedly key participants in NSA’s X-Keyscore program at Pine Gap.

Crossing Borders: a feminist history of Women Cross DMZ

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Suzy Kim writes, “On May 24, 2015, thirty women peacemakers from fifteen nations walked with Korean women of the North and South to call for an end to the Korean War and the peaceful reunification of Korea on the seventieth anniversary of its division.

“In this essay, I begin by exposing the subtle forms of sexism embedded in the critical reaction to our Peace Walk while debunking the specific arguments made against Women Cross DMZ and the women of both Koreas who supported and co-organized the walk. Then, I situate the Peace Walk within the broader history of the global women’s peace movement, and finally go on to share some of my experiences behind-the-scenes of both organizing and participating in the Peace Walk that illustrate a feminist history of Women Cross DMZ.”

Nautilus Peace and Security Network – 6 August 2015

DETERRENCE: The massive OPM hack actually hit 21 million people DPRK: NK diplomat steals spotlight in regional forum GOVERNANCE AND CIVIL SOCIETY: Youth unemployment rate in Korea reaches highest in 15 years AUSTRAL PEACE AND SECURITY: ANZUS, China and the prisoner’s dilemma DETERRENCE: The massive OPM hack actually hit 21 million people, Kim Zetter, Wired (9 July 2015) The […]