Nautilus Peace and Security – 29 January

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"Nautilus Peace and Security – 29 January", NAPSNet Weekly Report, January 29, 2015,

DETERRENCE: Ending Nuclear Threat via a Northeast Asia Nuclear Weapons-Free Zone, Peter Hayes, NAPSNet Special Reports, January 06, 2015

Hayes describes how nuclear threat is woven into inter-state relations in the Northeast Asian region, and the case for reducing and ending such threats against non-nuclear weapons states. He then outlines how a regional nuclear weapons-free zone could bring about an end to such nuclear threats, including from North Korea.

SOURCE: North Korea is bound to collapse, Yonhap. (27 January  2015)

North Korea says it would like to better relations with the South and the United States as well as to pursue a parallel strategy of developing the economy and nuclear weapons. However, North Korea also attempts to compel talks for development while intimating threats. Such occurrences are the clearest case that North Korea underestimates how poor nuclear weapons are at compellence and attracting investment. Nuclear weapons are also hugely expensive and divert limited funds from North Korea’s conventional force which forms the bulk of its deterrence.

GOVERNANCE AND CIVIL SOCIETY: Strikes by taxi drivers spread across China, Andrew Jacobs, New York Times (14 January 2015)

Ride-sharing app Uber is facing troubles in Asia, as taxi drivers across China have gone on strike to protest use of the app and the ROK government is taking legal action against the company and the government has banned its use. The ROK did approve a Korean company’s taxi app however, on the grounds that it uses official registered taxis only. Other apps using only registered taxis are forming alliances to push back against Uber’s competition.

CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION: How are Climate Change Concerns Addressed by Spatial Plans? An Evaluation Framework and an Application to Indian Cities, Parveen Kumar, Davide Geneletti, Land Use Policy, vol. 42, pp. 210-226 (2015)

Addressing climate change issues requires different response actions at various spatial scales. However, the incorporation of climate change issues in the form of agreements, frameworks and climate policies has tended to focus on international and national scales but lacking at local levels. The spatial policies at local levels, although not directly linked to climate change, if implemented effectively may become a viable policy instrument to mitigate and adapt to climate change issues.

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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