Nautilus Peace and Security – 14 August

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"Nautilus Peace and Security – 14 August", NAPSNet Weekly Report, August 14, 2014, Russia to Upgrade Missile Attack Warning System, Tatyana Rusakova, Russia Beyond The Headlines, July 4, 2014

Russia’s last geostationary early warning satellite launched March 2012 has failed, leaving it almost blind to intercontinental missile attack.  It has two high orbit satellites still that provide coverage of missile launches a few hours a day.  It has long been blind to a US submarine launched missile attack from the Pacific due to gaps in its radar network.

themalaymailonline.comDPRK: North Korea’s Real Annual GDP Growth, 1990-2013. Marcus Noland, North Korea: Witness to Transformation blog. (2 July 2014)

The state of North Korea’s economy provides them with militarily significant asymmetries.  On one hand a poor economy means North Korea’s military can only grow so large. However, their disconnect from much of the normal trade means they cannot suffer much more economic damage than they usually inflict on themselves, but they can gain serious leverage by threatening to destroy South Korea’s economy.  If North Korea possesses an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) weapon they can seriously damage South Korea’s economy almost immediately. The United States, China, Japan and every country that uses computer chips would suffer as well if South Korea’s economy and chip manufacturing were crippled.  Recent aid packages to North Korea may be leading indicators of a tentative relative thaw.

StockGOVERNANCE AND CIVIL SOCIETY: Parties Face Calls for Reform after Elections, Choi He-suk, Korea Herald (1 August 2014)

Last week’s elections served as a referendum on both the ROK ruling and opposition parties. While public dissatisfaction with the ruling party and administration in its handling of the Sewol ferry disaster remains, voters appeared to have been more dissatisfied with the opposition’s focus on attacking the ruling party and dearth of policy proposals.

CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION: Technical Report: Designing a Climate Resilient Future: A Guide to Integrating Multiple Perspectives in Spatial Planning, Stephen Clune, John Martin and Ralph Horne, Victorian Centre for Climate Change Adaptation Research (VCCCAR), Victoria, Australia (2014)

An 18-month project (design-led decision support for regional climate change) undertaken by RMIT University-Melbourne, Australia used ‘Design Charrettes’ (involving a range of stakeholders with diverse skill sets for generating context specific spatial plans)to support local & regional communities in planning and adapting to future climate impacts.

The Nautilus Peace and Security Weekly Report presents articles and full length reports each week in six categories: Austral security, nuclear deterrence, energy security, climate change and security, the DPRK, climate change adaptation and governance and civil society. Our team of contributors carefully select items that highlight the links between these themes and the three regions in which our offices are found—North America, Northeast Asia, and the Austral-Asia region.


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