Nautilus Peace and Security Network – 6 August 2015

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deterrence imageDETERRENCE: The massive OPM hack actually hit 21 million people, Kim Zetter, Wired (9 July 2015)

The OPM allowed 21.5 million records for the SF86 and related security clearance data to be hacked, possibly to China or a non-state actor. The original data may have been edited and malware left behind. The data might enable extortion-based espionage or enable non-state actors to obtain insider access. Personnel Reliability Program certifications for persons involved in nuclear weapons operations may also be compromised.

Ri Su Yong at arfDPRK: NK diplomat steals spotlight in regional forum, Yi Whan-woo, Korea Times (5 August 2015)

North Korea is likely experiencing systemic level contradictions. Externally, the U.S. has more or less normal relations with Cuba and Iran meaning there is more “bandwidth” to focus on North Korea directly as well as through intermediaries such as China, South Korea and Japan. North Korea wants to relieve those pressures by counter engaging its own ally and southern neighbor. North Korea also needs to share information internally, but only selectively. One such tool for them is an internal network for sharing best farming practices in drought conditions.

Governance imageGOVERNANCE AND CIVIL SOCIETY: Youth unemployment rate in Korea reaches highest in 15 years, Claire Lee, Korea Herald (25 July 2015)

Youth unemployment in the ROK continues to rise despite government efforts to create more jobs, with a study finding that one-third of young workers are unable to find anything outside of temp jobs. The ROK also has one of the highest portions of low-wage earners in the OECD, raising concerns that the ROK’s economy may follow a similar path to Japan’s.

Austral 2AUSTRAL PEACE AND SECURITY: ANZUS, China and the prisoner’s dilemma, Allan Behm, The Strategist (23 July 2015)

Alliance contradictions:

1. “The idea that Indonesia and/or Japan might in some way replace Australia as the US’s preferred strategic partner is ludicrous…The US and Australia [are not] in a position to ‘permit’ China to take a larger leadership role. Our joint ability to condescend extends only so far!”

2. “The US has secured deep access to the inner workings of the Japanese government, on issues including US-Japanese relations, trade issues and climate change policy. This information is shared with its ‘Five Eyes’ partners.”

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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