Nautilus Peace and Security Network – 9 July 2015

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Deterrence imageDETERRENCE: When birds squawk, other species seem to listen, Christopher Solomon (18 May 2015)

Early warning systems exist between and among birds and mammals facing common predators such as raptors. Nuclear armed states need but lack early warning systems so that they can retaliate earlier against first strike. Like birds, citizens seeking self-preservation may fill the early warning gap with instantaneous, networked monitoring that reports weapons status faster and more credibly than state-based systems.

dprkDPRK: The national military strategy of the United States of America, 2015, The Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United States (1 July 2015) [PDF, 1.06 MB]

North Korea is (mis)labeled as one of four revisionist states in United States’ new National Military Strategy. North Korea’s not so much revisionist as it is dedicated to ensuring that its unique system remains in place – that desire – not revisionism means DPRK must impose a great deal of curbs on all manner of communication. North Korea’s desire to keep its system is likely part of the reason North Korea appealed to aid through Iran (which doesn’t question DPRK’ system) and also likely part of the reason North Korea is adding a second cellular company. Although the second, domestic cellular company almost certainly reveals a desire to unilaterally assume the previous cellular provider’s infrastructure. The previous cell provider was Koryolink and a joint venture between the Egyptian Orascom and DPRK. North Korea’s desire to have a second cellular provider indicates an extremely tough investment climate and extreme tension between the existing system and newly emerging class who are wealthy enough to want cell phones.

GOVERNANCE AND CIVIL SOCIETY: South Korea: Migrants and nationalism, Steven Denney, The Diplomat (19 June 2015)

As the number of foreign residents has tripled over the past decade, the ROK has been pushed to deal with old ideas of ethnic nationalism and confront inequalities and abuses faced by migrants. While old attitudes die hard, there are signs of a shift from ethnic nationalism towards an idea of “civic” nationalism, and the Supreme Court has upheld the rights of undocumented migrant workers to join labor unions.

Image for 9 July 2015CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION: Application of GIS to support urban water management in adapting to a changing climate: a case study in Can Tho City, Vietnam, Nguyen Hieu Trung et al., 2014 International Symposium on Geoinformatics for Spatial Infrastructure Development in Earth and Allied Sciences (2015) [706 KB, PDF]

GIS database and visual tools (map book and a WebGIS) for urban water systems in Can Tho city, Vietnam were created. These tools generated significant interests from local departments and agencies as they provide a better understanding on key issues, as well as useful reference for planning and development decisions and an effective platform for collaboration between agencies in managing the city urban water systems and environment.

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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