NAPSNet 29 December 2011

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NAPSNet 29 December 2011

DETERRENCE: Russia test-fires two new nuclear missiles, Reuters (23 December 2011)

Russia successfully tested its two new Bulava intercontinental missiles, which experienced several failures in the past, from a submerged submarine in the Arctic White Sea and hit the target, a designated polygon, on Kamchatka peninsula.  Bulava packs 6-10 re-entry vehicles.

DPRK: Nothing succeeds like succession: Chinese language perspectives on Kim Jong-Un’s transition to power, Roger Cavanos, The Nautilus Institute (23 December 2011)

Roger Cavanos, a Nautilus Institute Associate, assesses the Chinese media’s response to Kim Jong-Il’s death. His conclusion was that this interaction was scripted some time ago in planning for KJI’s eventual death, it emphasizes stability and an controlled transition to Kim Jong-Un, and that the primary concerns in China involve provocation from the ROK and US, not the control of fissile material or nuclear weapons in North Korea.

CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION: Local adaptation for livelihood resilience in Albay, Philippines, Noralene Uy, Yukiko Takeuchi and Rajib Shaw, Environmental Hazards: Human and Policy Dimensions, Vol. 10, pp. 139-153 (2011) [PDF, 459 KB]

Looking at livelihoods from SLA (sustainable livelihoods approach) lens is effective as a means of assessing climate change adaptation capacity because it is able to (i) reveal local vulnerabilities, (ii) build an understanding of macro- and micro-level enabling conditions for climate change adaptation, and (iii) identify locally relevant resilience-building options.

ENERGY SECURITY: Japan’s nuclear village wages war on renewable energy and the feed-in tariff, Andrew DeWit, NAPSNet Policy Forum (14 December 2011)

The Fukushima accident in March of 2011 started a cascade of changes to Japanese energy policy, including increased interest in renewable energy.  A legislative bill passed 8/26 changes jurisdiction over an expanded “feed-in tariff” from nuclear industry-linked-METI to a nominally independent commission.  A political battle has erupted between nuclear and renewable power advocates regarding the background of nominees to serve on the commission.

GOVERNANCE AND CIVIL SOCIETY: Japan, China focus on North Korea, Toko Sekiguchi, The Wall Street Journal (26 December 2011)

Japanese Prime Minister Noda and PRC President Hu Jintao emphasized the need for stability and denuclearization on the Korean peninsula following the death of Kim Jong-il and discussed further trilateral economic cooperation between the two states and the ROK. Separately, the ROK and PRC pledged stronger bilateral cooperation to maintain stability in the region; meanwhile, the DPRK has requested that the ROK uphold previous economic agreements.

Note: We regret that the Austral Security section is not included in this week’s NAPSNet report and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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