NAPSNet 27 October 2011

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NAPSNet 27 October 2011

DETERRENCE:  Obstacles to denuclearization: Inconsistent U.S. responses to nuclear weapons free zone treaties, University of Central Arkansas (2007)

Three case studies highly supported the hypothesis that the international system structure and balancing behavior affects how the US responds to NWFZ agreements and medium-high support for the hypothesis that the US is more likely to support a NWFZ if there are proliferation threats in the region.  [subscription required]

DPRK: South Korean government planning to resume construction of factories and relax sanctions for Kaesong Industrial Complex, IFES NK Brief (20 October 2011) 

The ROK Ministry of Unification has relaxed the sanctions placed on the DPRK after the sinking of the Cheonan and will allowed firms in the Kaesong Industrial park to resume construction of factories there. The ROK government will also allow construction of a fire station and medical facility to support the business operating out of the KIC and repair roads to make it easier for North Koreans to commute to the factory. 

AUSTRAL SECURITY: Police send extra troops to Papua, tempointeractive (26 October 2011)

Indonesia has sent paramilitary reinforcements to restive Papua province, after a deadly crackdown on a pro-independence rally and the shooting of a police chief. For decades, natives of the Papua region have rejected their special autonomy status within Indonesia, demanding a referendum on self-determination for the 3.6 million population. The following articles explore the escalation of violence in Papua and its impact on the people.

CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION: Scientific American series on extreme weather, climate change, and the risks: A three-part series, Pew Center on Global Climate Change (2011)

Extreme weather events have become both more common and more intense. And increasingly, scientists have been able to pin at least part of the blame on humankind’s alteration of the climate. What’s more, the growing success of this nascent science of climate attribution means that researchers have more confidence in their climate models – which predict that the future will be even more extreme.

GOVERNANCE AND CIVIL SOCIETY: Delegates to North-South Korea relations summit calls for adherence to past nuclear agreements, AP (20 October 2011))

US and ROK forums recently underscored the growing significance of informal track 2 talks between Six Party Talks participants and major East Asian leaders. At the University of Georgia, US, ROK and DPRK representatives called for their states to uphold existing nuclear agreements and stronger cooperation in humanitarian issues. Meanwhile, top delegates from the PRC, ROK and Japan met at a Seoul forum, pledging greater regional cooperation.

ENERGY SECURITY: Nuclear components and construction: China eyes developed markets for export opportunities, Nuclear Energy Insider (19 October 2011)

Though China’s strategy of developing domestic technologies to build nuclear reactors based on licensed technologies has been aimed at satisfying domestic demand, it also provides Chinese companies with the opportunity to supply reactor components for other markets, including in Europe and the United States.  There will be some resistance to such imports, but Chinese exports of at least some nuclear plant components are described as inevitable. 


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