APSNet for 20071008
Austral Peace and Security Network (APSNet)
Twice weekly report from the Nautilus Institute at RMIT, Australia.
Monday 8 October 2007
- We Trained Burmese Officers
- Malaysia: UN Peacekeeping Duty in Timor Leste
- Middle East Security after Iraq
- Army Shies Off Cluster’s Last Stand
- Japan May Reduce Role in U.S.-Led Afghanistan Mission
We Trained Burmese Officers, Police Admit, Craig Skehan, SMH, 2007-10-05
The AFP has confirmed three of its officers trained 20 Burmese police in intelligence gathering, as the international group Aidwatch warned that such co-operation should be curtailed. The 20 police were among more than 70 from Burma who have participated in a regional training program at the Australian-funded Jakarta Centre for Law Enforcement Co-operation in Indonesia.
UN Peacekeeping Duty in Timor Leste, Sharon Ling, Star, 2007-10-06
Some 136 officers and men from the Sarawak General Operations Force (GOF) left for Timor Leste on a UN peacekeeping mission. Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan said the troops would be stationed there for a year to carry out peacekeeping, security and policing duties. The Sarawak GOF team is replacing an earlier Malaysian police team which is returning to Kuala Terengganu.
Middle East Security after Iraq, Leanne Piggott, ASPI, 2007-10-04
This report provides a framework for analysing the region’s security environment before considering the present political and security situation in Iraq that has arisen in the wake of the 2003 invasion. It considers the key currents and players likely to influence Middle East security over the next five to ten years. It concludes with some reflections on the implications for Australian policy.
Political, Military, and Economic Dynamics in Iraq: A Graphic Overview, Anthony H. Cordesman, CSIS, Revised: October 2007
The Uncertain Cost of the Global War on Terror, Anthony H. Cordesman, CSIS, August 2007
Army Shies Off Cluster’s Last Stand, Tom Hyland, Age, 2007-10-07
The Australian army is about to take delivery of new projectiles designed to knock out tanks, called SMArt 155 artillery rounds. The army insists they are not cluster bombs. The army is insistent because it is getting the new weapons at the same time as the Federal Government is backing international moves to phase out cluster bombs blamed for killing civilians.
Briefing Note: Cluster Bombs, the CCWT, and Australia, Richard Tanter, APSNet, Nautilus Insitute, 2007-05-28
Large Calibre Weapon Systems and Ammunition, Rheinmetall Waffe Munition GMBH, ArmyTechnology
Japan May Reduce Role in U.S.-Led Afghanistan Mission, AP, IHT, 2007-10-07
Japan could scale back its support of the US in Afghanistan by ending naval assistance to vessels involved in ground missions there under a governing party proposal that officials predicted would gain parliamentary approval.