Nautilus Peace and Security Network – 23 July 2015

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deterrenceDETERRENCE: Effort to overhaul nuclear missile system expected to begin this fall, Brian Everstine, Air Force Times (11 July 2015)

The USAF will spend $62 billion on its land-based single warhead missiles over 30 years. It has 450 Minuteman III now; to fall to 400 after 2018. It will upgrade the warhead, guidance systems, control systems, command centers and silos like Kimball Nebraska missile silo at: 41°21’46.0″N 103°39’38.0″W satellite view,  road view, and zoom view.


DPRKDPRK: Why do North Koreans even vote? Tim Schwarz, Cable News Network (21 July 2015)

North Korea recently held the first local elections since Kim Jong-un became North Korea’s Supreme Leader. They happened on their normal four year cycle which indicates the political system remains in place and therefore it is unlikely there will be significant political or economic change anytime soon; only minor changes at the margins. North Korea rejects comparisons to Iran but the power of talk as an alternative to force can still be explored.


governance imageGOVERNANCE AND CIVIL SOCIETY: Debate over security bills masks clash of views on pacifist constitution, Linda Sieg, Reuters (14 July 2015)

The passage of the Abe Administration’s proposed security bills in the Lower House this week was met with both criticism and welcome from regional neighbors. The bills remain highly unpopular with the Japanese public and the LDP has canceled planned public events on the subject for fear of worsening public image. The Defense Ministry will also begin providing direct funding to universities engaged in national security research.


Image for 23-7-2015CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION: The Antalya report: Disaster risk reduction in a changing climate – lessons learned about lessons learned, Michael H. Glantz, Arielle Tozier de la Poterie and Robert J. Ross (February 2015) [14.34 MB, PDF]

The Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Expert Forum 2015 took place in February 2015 in Antalya, Turkey. The key reasons for convening this Forum were to: enhance the existing effectiveness and efficiency of DRR programs; share technical and societal experiences among the DRR and CCA (climate change adaptation) programs; and raise awareness and concern about climate change and its consequences for extreme climate, water and weather events. This report includes proceedings from the Forum and the Antalya statement issued by the participants of the meeting.


AustralAustral Peace and Security Network: Australia and Indonesia: time for a rethink? Allan Behm, The Strategist (1 July 2015)

Australia and Indonesia are again barely on speaking terms. Inconstancy, absurd mutual stereo-typing, and rabid domestic politics play their part, but so too does averting eyes from insecurity drivers that transcend borders and require transboundary dialogue and policy coordination. Ocean temperature rise, oil spill pollution, over-fishing, lead the local list. Indonesian pursuit of global reform on pollution from off-shore platforms is ignored by Australia. Meanwhile, a small but promising start on regional community-based “knowledge exchange as a tool for transboundary and coastal management”.


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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