NAPSNet 26 January 2012

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DETERRENCE: Missile defense intercepts in space: A problem not solved, Robert Gard, Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation (16 January 2012)

A US Defense Science Board report on “early intercept” of ballistic missiles found that discriminating between an incoming warhead and “other pieces of the offensive missile complex” such as rocket bodies, miscellaneous hardware, and intentional countermeasures is beyond the ability of deployed missile defense systems.

DPRK: Lee Myung Bak regime accused of disturbing peace and security in northeast Asia, Korean Central News Agency (20 January 2012)

North Korea noted that it hoped to “resume the six-party talks,” with a focus on normalization, denuclearization, and the “provision of aid” to the DPRK.  This is one of the first DPRK statements on the talks and denuclearization since the death of Kim Jong-Il. The report accused the ROK of trying to “politicize” confidence building measures between the US and DPRK and noted that the talks were important to ensure security for the region.

CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION: Adapting for a green economy: Companies, communities and climate, Lila Karbassi et al., United Nations Global Compact, United Nations Environment Programme-UNEP, Oxfam, and World Resources Institute-WRI (2011) [PDF, 839 KB]

The private sector has much to contribute to the development and implementation of climate change adaptation solutions, including sector specific expertise, technology, significant levels of financing, efficiency and an entrepreneurial spirit. The key is to find the nexus of shared interest where business incentives align with communities’ adaptation needs.

ENERGY SECURITY: Post-crisis Japanese nuclear policy: From top-down directives to bottom-up activism, Daniel P. Aldrich, AsiaPacific Issues (January 2012) [PDF, 460 KB]

The development of nuclear power in Japan since 1954 was driven by top-down directives and a broad suite of policy tools, creating an appearance of public support. Since the 1990s this support has eroded, with grassroots groups engaged in resisting the siting of nuclear facilities. The Fukushima disaster and subsequent inadequate government/nuclear industry responses are serving as further catalysts for “bottom-up initiatives and bold actions.”

GOVERNANCE AND CIVIL SOCIETY: Yokohama Declaration for a Nuclear Power Free World, Global Conference for a Nuclear Power Free World (15 January 2012) [PDF, 94 KB]

The two-day Global Conference for a Nuclear Free World held in Yokohama, Japan, bringing together 311 nuclear experts and activists and over 10,000 civilian supporters, called for a global road map for the gradual phase-out of nuclear power and an increased role for civil society across East Asia. Twenty-two ROK women’s groups also released a statement calling for an end to nuclear power and greater cooperation between government and civil society.

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