Nautilus Peace and Security Network – 23 April 2015

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17131355501_c7e73505f2_kDPRK: Why is US pleased with India’s outreach to North Korea? Shweta Desai, Scroll (16 April 2015)

North Korea reached out to nuclear powers India and Russia, but apparently did not discuss nuclear issues. However, North Korea did ask both countries to engage North Korea on its terms. North Korea agreed to a binding legal basis, apparently at Russia’s request and may be a quid for quo of space cooperation between Russia and North Korea. China’s Xi Jinping will not meet with North Korea’s President Kim Yong-nam on the sidelines of a conference in Bandung, Indonesia. All North Korea’s external activities are to strengthen North Korea’s present system, not reform it.


gov imageGOVERNANCE AND CIVIL SOCIETY: Professors launch online forum for seeking to understand Sewol tragedy, Um Ji-won, Hankyoreh (18 April 2015)

A group of professors has launched an online forum to facilitate discussions between professors and students regarding the Sewol ferry sinking a year ago, as demonstrations marking the sinking turned violent over the weekend. While the government has stated it will salvage the ship, families are not satisfied with government promises for an investigation and compensation and boycotted a meeting with the President.


Bangkok Floods Continue To Threaten People and EconomyCLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION: Global risks report 2015, World Economic Forum (2015)

The 2015 edition of the Global Risks report highlights the most significant long-term risks worldwide. It sets out a view on 28 global risks in the report’s traditional categories (economic, environmental, societal, geopolitical and technological). The report features initiatives for addressing significant challenges, which are aimed to inspire collaboration among business, government and civil society communities.


Screen Shot 2015-04-24 at 10.19.32 AMCLIMATE CHANGE AND SECURITY: China and other big emitters challenge Australia over its climate change policies, Adam Morton and Tom Arup, Sydney Morning Herald (20 April 2015)

As the effects of climate change become socially visible in global power centres, climate change security concern will shift abruptly from fragile states and conflict multipliers to threatening talk on national mitigation targets. In the runup to the UNFCCC COP21, questions of the industrialised parties – polite for now – are a harbinger of calls to account to come – with Australia’s denialist government facing questions from the US, China and Brazil on its “low level of ambition”.


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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