APSNet Semi-Weekly Bulletin, April 16, 2007

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APSNet for 20070416

Austral Peace and Security Network (APSNet)

Twice weekly report from the Nautilus Institute at RMIT, Australia.

Monday 16 April 2007

  1. Indonesia-China: China Looms Very Large
  2. Delhi Missile Tests Have Neighbours Nervous
  3. Indonesian Navy Foils Attempt to Smuggle Timber out of Papua
  4. Afghanistan: Digging in all over again
  5. S Korea to Withdraw Troops from Iraq
  6. Tonga Extends Emergency Regulations
  7. Moving Towards Sustainable Security

  1. China Looms Very Large, Geoffrey Barker, AFR*, 2007-04-16

    A China-Indonesia defence pact marks major regional change. China’s moves are a salutary reminder that Australia is dealing in an increasingly complex region in which Australia’s relative strategic weight is in long-term decline.
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  2. Delhi Missile Tests Have Neighbours Nervous, Bruce Loudon, Australian, 2007-04-16

    Hard on the heels of the successful testing of their Agni-III intermediate range ballistic missile, Indian scientists confirmed yesterday they were capable of building an inter-continental ballistic missile within the next two to three years. An ICBM with a nuclear warhead would have a strike range in of at least 5000km, bringing targets in Europe and beyond within New Delhi’s sights.

  3. Indonesian Navy Foils Attempt to Smuggle Timber out of Papua, Antara, 2007-04-10

    An Indonesian Navy patrol boat, the KRI Panana 817, recently foiled an attempt by certain parties to smuggle 1,354 logs or 5,416 cubic meters of timber out of Papua in a barge pulled by a tugboat in Namlea waters near Buru Island in Maluku province, a Navy spokesman said.

  4. Digging in all over again, Patrick Walters, Australian, 2007-04-14

    Australia is being slowly yet inexorably being drawn into a novel 21st-century version of the “great game” in Afghanistan as our military prepares for its most sustained fighting since Vietnam. NATO still lacks a clear long-term plan to break the Taliban-led insurgents and enable a successful transition to an Afghan army and police service, alongside an eventual exit from the country.

  5. S Korea to Withdraw Troops from Iraq, AP, 2007-04-14

    South Korea, one of the largest US-led coalition partners in Iraq, is preparing a plan to pull its troops out of the country, a Defense Ministry official said. South Korea, a key US ally in Asia, began its troop presence in Iraq in 2003 with a 600-strong contingent. It sent 3,000 more troops the following year at Washington’s request, making it the US’s biggest coalition partner after Britain.


  6. Tonga Extends Emergency Regulations, ABC, 2007-04-13

    Tonga’s government has again extended emergency regulations for another 30 days. The regulations, which restrict the number of people who can gather in groups, were imposed after last year’s pro-democracy riots, which killed eight people and destroyed the capital, Nukualofa. In its newspaper, the Kele’a, the pro democracy movement says the government is stifling free speech and restricting the democratic right of free assembly.


  7. Moving Towards Sustainable Security, Oxford Research Group, April 2007

    It is not enough to simply insist that terrorism is the greatest threat to the world, when the evidence does not support this claim. In fact, our research paints a very different picture of the fundamental threats that we all face, with these threats coming from four interconnected trends: 1) Climate change; 2) Competition over resources; 3) Marginalisation of the majority world; and 4) Global militarisation.

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