Nautilus Peace and Security Network – 2 April 2015

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Deterrence imageDETERRENCE: How US Special Forces uses Google Maps, Patrick Tucker, Defense One (7 January 2015)

“In 2015, a special forces guy walking around with classified imagery can’t do shit…If you’re in North Africa or in Asia Pacific, there’s probably not a NATO partner there.” Unless the US military quickly adopts cloud-based data integration software like iSpatial on unclassified digital objects, non-state actors will have better situational awareness than the military.

DPRK imageDPRK: China rejects North Korea request to join Asian Infrastructure Bank, Elizabeth Shim, UPI (31 March 2015)

China’s decision to exclude North Korea from the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank indicates how unlikely and how insufficient any North Korean reform and/or opening efforts are likely to be. That decision also likely presages increasingly aggressive North Korean behavior as they attempt to garner more capital to sink into even more military capabilities in a vicious cycle of estrangement from the broader international community.

governance imageGOVERNANCE AND CIVIL SOCIETY: The new Asian bank and a new world order, Teymoor Nabili, Al-Jazeera (29 March 2015)

As the ROK and other European allies of the US join the China-led AIIB ahead of the March 31 deadline to become a founding member, some are seeing a shift towards a new “world order” that is more Asia-centric. Others, however, see the joining of European nations as signaling China’s need for European involvement to retain legitimacy while also meaning China will be left with less control over the institution.

cc adapt imageCLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION: A conflict-sensitive approach to climate change mitigation and adaptation in the urbanizing Asia- Pacific, Ting Zhang, Working Paper 7, Hague Institute for Global Justice, The Netherlands (March 2015) [862 KB, PDF]

Links between urban violence and mitigation as well as adaptation need to be examined. Firstly, mitigation and adaptation can create new or exacerbate existing tensions with, between, and within communities, which can escalate into violence. Secondly, mitigation and adaptation can be a mechanism for conflict prevention and peace-building by addressing the causes and impacts of violence. Thirdly, violence can negatively impact on climate mitigation and adaptation.

climate sec imageCLIMATE CHANGE AND SECURITY: My country or my planet? Exploring the influence of multiple place attachments and ideological beliefs upon climate change attitudes and opinions, Patrick Devine-Wright, Jennifer Price, Zoe Leviston, Global Environmental Change, Vol. 30 (2015)

Response to threats to security derive from the narrative frames within which they are set, as are arguments for rights, blame, and compensation. Geographers – along with insurance companies and security practitioners – stress the spatial dimensions of such narratives, and their related attachments. Opinion research shows a reality of planetary attachments are beginning to approach national attachments.

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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