Nautilus Peace and Security Network – 5 March 2015

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DETERRENCE IMAGE 5 MARCHDETERRENCE: N. Korea conducts submarine missile ejection test: sources, Grace Oh, Yonhap (20 February 2015)

The Washington Free Beacon reported that North Korea conducted a test flight of KN-11 submarine launched missile from a sea-based platform. ROK military sources say the test was near Sinpo South Shipyard on January 23, and that the objects from the launcher fell into the water after flying some dozen meters during the test. It was not a flight test.

KIS no KJU badgeDPRK: North Korea warns U.S. about pre-emptive strike ‘if necessary’, Stephanie Nebehay, Reuters (3 March 2015)

North Korea makes it increasingly difficult to separate noise from nuanced signal. North Korea’s Foreign Minister claims DPRK can deter the US with nuclear threats, North Korea’s forces fire rockets – signaling its displeasure with US-ROK military exercises, yet North Korea also invites foreigners to visit after lifting their self-imposed Ebola ban. As we’ve seen with past North Korean propaganda, the greatest danger is that North Korea believes what it tells itself, not that it is a rational actor. The best way to discern the true signal is to ask them.

gov imageGOVERNANCE AND CIVIL SOCIETY: Small step by Tokyo district could be giant leap for LGBT equality, Elaine Lies, Reuters (3 March 2015)

Tokyo’s Shibuya district will consider a proposal to recognize same-sex marriages, the first such proposal in Japan. The proposal has sparked debate, with Yokohama’s mayor considering following suit while the Prime Minister has questioned whether the Constitution would allow for recognition. The education ministry, meanwhile, has instructed schools to work to prevent bullying and discrimination against LGBT students.

Image for 5-3-2015CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION: 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 and Zoe Leviston, Global Environmental Change, vol. 30, pp. 68-79 (January 2015) [589 KB, PDF]

Public engagement with climate change is an important policy topic, which needs to be examined through two questions: (1) how climate change attitudes and opinions relate to place attachments at both nearby and distant scales? and (2) what is the relationship between place attachments and ideological beliefs, specifically right wing authoritarianism and social dominance orientation, and how these influence climate change attitudes and opinions? It has been observed that global place attachment is prevalent amongst Australian adults, second only to national belonging, and significantly higher than attachment at the neighbourhood, city/town and state/territoryscales.

ccs imageCLIMATE CHANGE AND SECURITY: Climate-chaos migrants set to face increasingly closed borders, April Humble, openSecurity (2 March 2015)

Contradiction: “an unparalleled era of border securitisation”, “with more fortified borders than at any previous point in history”; yet “the nexus of climate change, migration, and conflict will test the U.S. and the world to manage global security in ways never thought of before.” Can a place for climate change in the National Security Strategy open up “notions of collective and human security” and rebalance “the three tools of foreign policy—defense, diplomacy, and development”?

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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