NAPSNet 1 September 2011

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NAPSNet 1 September 2011

AUSTRAL SECURITY:  Taliban will be defeated, insist Australian generals, Australian (27 August 2011)

As the coalition troop withdrawal in Afghanistan draws nearer, Australian Generals are confident that they can defeat the Taliban insurgency before control of security is handed over to local forces. The articles and reports below explore the progress toward achieving security and sustainability in Afghanistan after the transition.

DPRK:  North Korea steps up aid to Iran on nuclear program, Süddeutsche Zeitung (25 August 2011)

According to the Suddeutsche Zeitung, North Korea has transferred nuclear technology to Iran. The transfer included software that could be used for the development of nuclear reactors or weapons and data from North Korean nuclear experiments. Even with sanctions and maritime interdiction, it is very difficult to restrict the transfer of information related to North Korea’s nuclear program, such as nuclear testing data.

CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION: Climate change adaptation through land use planning and disaster management: local government perspectives from Queensland, 17th Pacific Rim Real Estate Society Conference (16-19 January 2011) [PDF, 244KB]     

The paper examines how local government perspectives on disaster management are linked to climate change and land use planning. It provides a useful context for discussion of local government perspectives on climate change, disaster management and land use planning and for the identification of key planning challenges facing them.

ENERGY SECURITY: Avoiding a train wreck: Replacing old coal plants with energy efficiency, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (22 August 2011) [PDF, 529KB]

This ACEEE White Paper investigates options to replace aging coal-fired power plants in the U.S. Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, and Southeast, finding that increased use of customer-sited energy efficiency, including combined heat and power and waste energy recovery, can provide higher benefits at lower costs than other replacement options.  Opportunities for large-volume customers, including manufacturers poised to make new plant investments, are key. 

DETERRENCE:  Democratic civilian control of nuclear weapons, Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (April 2006) [PDF, 211KB]

Slocombe addresses how civilian control over nuclear weapons should be exercised by duly constituted democratic governments.  He focuses on what institutions and authorities acting under what procedures and how the principles of democratic control of military power should be applied to nuclear weapons.

GOVERNANCE AND CIVIL SOCIETY: Defeated Seoul mayor resigns over failed free lunch vote, Korea Times (26 August 2011)

Seoul mayor Oh Se-hoon resigned in response to a failed free school lunch vote referendum, underscoring the significant role that welfare issues will play in the 2012 presidential election and dealing another setback to the GNP. Oh, a one-time leading contender for the presidential nomination, faced criticism from opposition parties that he placed more importance on city beautification projects than providing for Seoul’s children.


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