Nautilus Peace and Security – 4 December

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"Nautilus Peace and Security – 4 December", NAPSNet Weekly Report, December 03, 2014,

Bay Area can learn from Japan’s natural disaster precautions, David Baker, San Francisco Chronicle, November 30, 2014DETERRENCE: Japan’s Radical Energy Technocrats: Structural Reform Through Smart Communities,  Andew DeWit, The Asia-Pacific Journal, 12:47:2, December 1, 2014.

Feed-in tariffs, municipal business, power-sector deregulation, fiscal and financial policy are activating a massive wave of bottom-up reindustrialization around renewable energy technology. Microgrids are already established in cities around Tokyo.  Resilience underpins security.

A TV news program showing Kim Yo Jong, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's younger sister, is shown at Seoul Railway Station in the South Korean capital. 28 November 2014. Elite volatility and change in North Korean politics: 1997 – 2010. John Ishiyama, Journal of Asian and African Studies. (28 August 2013).   [subscription required]

North Korea remains mostly outside and only sometimes at the margins of the international community, preferring asymmetry to generally accepted normative behavior. Analytic models indicate Kim is altering his circle of advisors to include a slightly younger crowd more quickly than expected. However, it is nearly impossible to discern whether Kim and his new advisors have the internal networks, technocratic skills or even desire to reform North Korea in ways that would bring them into the international community. AND CIVIL SOCIETY: China has broken Hong Kong agreement, say British MPs, Rowena Mason, The Guardian (2 December 2014).

Senior British MPs believe China has broken its agreement to allow Hong Kong to govern its own borders amid ongoing clashes between demonstrators and police, following China’s refusal to allow a delegation visit to Hong Kong. Leaders of the Occupy movement in Hong Kong have decided to surrender to police and called for protestors to surrender, citing fears of increasing violence. CHANGE ADAPTATION: Better Growth Better Climate: The New Climate Economy Report, Global Commission on the Economy and Climate (September 2014) [3.44 MB, PDF]   

A major assessment (commissioned by governments of seven countries including: Colombia, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Norway, South Korea, Sweden and the United Kingdom) considered how best to achieve prosperity and development at the same time as reducing carbon emissions and adapting to the impacts of climate change. There is the opportunity for all economies, regardless of current economic status, to grow while still moving to a low-carbon and climate adapted future.

Alireza Teimoury - Spring clouds: CHANGE AND SECURITY: The security implications of geoengineering: blame, imposed agreement and the security of critical infrastructure, Paul Nightingale and Rose Cairns, Climate Geoengineering Governance Working Paper 018 (12 November 2014)

Perennial appraisal optimism aside, thinking about the costs of geoengineering soon reveals security aspects of global consensus-formation, governability, allocation of blame, and military control of securitised climate management that will “make geoengineering untenable as a policy option”. Deeper arguments about whether to research geoengineering now, or, to remain, counter-intuitively, intentionally ignorant, reveal alternative rational judgements and choices about modes of science, values, and human capacity.

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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NAPSNet Editor: Rebecca Pollack

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