Nautilus Peace and Security Network – 29 October 2015

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DeterrenceDETERRENCE: Atomic amnesia: photographs and nuclear memory, Jessie Boylan, Global Change, Peace & Security (1 July 2015) [subscription, PDF, 1.8 MB]

Photographic images are used by the military to document effects of nuclear weapons; by civilians to witness the impacts on otherwise invisible survivors and victims; by activists to protest and seek abolition; by sociologists to explore impingement on daily life. Photographic images are crucial to the (de)construction of fear which underlies nuclear deterrence and pervades modern life. Nuclear war will not only end time, but images.

GOVERNANCE AND CIVIL SOCIETY: Tokyo sidesteps elected officials in Okinawa, offers direct subsidies to Nago district, Takuya Suzuki, Kazuki Uechi and Takufumi Yoshida, Asahi Shimbun (27 October 2015)

With the Okinawa regional government blocking reclamation work for a long-disputed US military base’s relocation, the Abe administration has bypassed the governor and offered direct subsidies to appointed community representatives to support the base. The national government also plans to restart reclamation work despite any moves by the regional government, sparking more protests and raising legal questions.

Syria refugeesAUSTRAL PEACE AND SECURITY: Introduction to Rebecca Gordon, How the U.S. created Middle East mayhem,Tom Engelhardt, Tomgram (20 October 2015)

‘It remains difficult to take in the degree to which the American invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq destabilized the Greater Middle East from the Chinese border to Libya.’ Engelhardt’s encomium (or Cordesman’s for that matter) on the incoherence of US policy is lost on its Australian ally. Addicted to alliance war, Australia’s forces are in Afghanistan (2001 – ), Iraq (2003 – 2009, 2014 – ), Syria (2015 –), and now in CTF 150, Yemen from the sea (2014 –). Now it is set to import the US ‘success’ of special forces – in place of focus on sustainable policy outcomes.

The Nautilus Peace and Security Weekly Report presents articles and full length reports each week in six categories: Austral security, nuclear deterrence, 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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