Nautilus Peace and Security – 22 January

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"Nautilus Peace and Security – 22 January", NAPSNet Weekly Report, January 22, 2015,

DETERRENCE: Rapid Relief and Reconstruction in a DPRK Humanitarian Energy Crisis, NAPSNet Special Reports, December 23, 2014

Vulnerable populations, brittle sectors, and deficit regions in the DPRK may experience energy system-wide shocks—the irreparable failure of the distribution system in extreme cold, for example—that would demand a massive humanitarian energy relief operation at a time of high tension but not actual war. About 2 million TOE would be needed for a 3 month winter survival crisis.

N Korea repeats call for suspension of US-S Korean drills” Asiaone. (19 January  2015).

North Korea’s attempts to talk to hold direct talks with the US have so far been unsuccessful. North Korea wants the talks for a variety of reasons: security assurances, seeking a changed international environment, attracting investment to revive a moribund economy, among others. However, there are reasons to believe North Korea actively pursues its own interests which invites other countries to band together in common defense.

GOVERNANCE AND CIVIL SOCIETY: South Korea proposes unification charter, Leo Byrne, (19 January 2015)

ROK ministries presented proposals to promote Korean unification, including seemingly unrealistic proposals such as a railway from Seoul through the DPRK by this summer. Proposals also called for cultural centers to be opened in both countries and a law to lay the foundation for unification. While the President is urging the ministries to find ways to encourage the DPRK to engage in talks, the ROK also deported an American for pro-North views.

CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION: The Global Politics of Climate Change: Challenge for Political Science, Robert O. Keohane, the 2014 James Madison Lecture, American Political Science Association (January 2015)

From a political standpoint, expenditures on adaptation are entirely different from emissions taxes or higher energy prices as a result of cap-and-trade policies. Adaptation requires new infrastructure, and building infrastructure generates jobs and profits. Indeed, adaptation perfectly fits what pluralist democracies do best: respond to directly affected concentrated and organized interests with targeted benefits, and pay off other organized groups with benefits of their own.

The Nautilus Peace and Security Weekly Report captures multiple perspectives on six threats to global security. Our contributors select items that highlight the links among these themes.

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