APSNet 15 April 2010
- Terrorist fears over NT nuclear dump site
- Focus shifts to nuclear ‘rogues’
- Kabul’s new patron: the growing Afghan-Chinese relationship
- How to end the war in Afghanistan
- East Timor to reject Woodside natural gas plan
- SBY’s new strategy on illegal logging is an improvement, say Indonesian green activists
1. Terrorist fears over NT nuclear dump site, Lindsay Murdoch, Age, 2010-04-14
Terrorist groups could target radioactive material being transported to a proposed nuclear waste dump in a remote part of central Australia, the Northern Territory Government has warned. And security agencies in northern Australia do not have the expertise or equipment to securely store or respond to accidents involving the transportation of radioactive material, the government said in a submission to a Senate committee.
- National Radioactive Waste Management Bill 2010, Darwin, Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee, 2010-04-12, [PDF, 315KB]
2. Focus shifts to nuclear ‘rogues’, Simon Mann, Age, 2010-04-15
The world’s first Nuclear Security Summit has been hailed as a success – if only for having hardened the resolve of the nearly 50 participating nations to collaborate on locking down nuclear materials and fortifying international treaties. Summit participants signed on to President Barack Obama’s pledge to secure so-called ”loose nukes” within four years.
- Senator John Faulkner speaking to press at the Nuclear Security Summit, Transcripts, Minister for Defence, Department of Defence, 2010-04-13
- Grading the NPR: transparency, Jeffery Lewis, Arms Control Wonk, 2010-04-13
3. Kabul’s new patron: the growing Afghan-Chinese relationship, Christian Le Mière, Foreign Affairs, 2010-04-13
So far, China has pursued a relatively understated role in stabilizing Afghanistan. But security and trade concerns are causing Beijing to build up its ties with Kabul – a growing relationship that may have long-term implications for U.S. strategy.
4. How to end the war in Afghanistan, David Milliband, New York Review of Books, 2010-04-01
A political settlement for Afghanistan must have two dimensions. First, a new and more inclusive internal political arrangement in which enough Afghan citizens have a stake, and the central government has enough power and legitimacy to protect the country from threats within and without. And second, on which the first depends, a new external settlement that commits Afghanistan’s neighbors to respect its sovereign integrity and that carries enough force and support to ensure that they abide by that commitment.
5. East Timor to reject Woodside natural gas plan, Ross Kelly, Australian, 2010-04-13
The East Timorese government has reiterated that it will reject any attempt by Woodside Petroleum and its partners to process gas from the Greater Sunrise field either at Darwin or on a floating liquefied natural gas platform.
6. SBY’s new strategy on illegal logging is an improvement, say Indonesian green activists, Fidelis E. Satriastanti, Jakarta Globe, 2010-04-14
After deriding President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s call to go after the “mafia” involved in illegal logging, some environmentalists are now applauding his decision to assign the Judicial Mafia Eradication Task Force to help tackle the issue by targeting legal system flaws that block convictions.
- Legitimate companies to blame for much illegal logging: expert, Fidelis E Satriastanti, Jakarta Globe, 2010-04-14