Nautilus Peace and Security Network: 12 June 2015

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"Nautilus Peace and Security Network: 12 June 2015", NAPSNet Weekly Report, June 11, 2015, https://nautilus.org/napsnet/napsnet-weekly/nautilus-peace-and-security-network-us-finds-peeling-back-the-iran-sanctions-onion-no-easy-task/


fat-loss-onion-layers1DETERRENCE: US finds peeling back the Iran sanctions onion no easy task, Robert Burns, Washington Post (9 June 2015)

Whatever the comparison between past and future deals with the DPRK and Iran, sanctions are a common concern. Market-based sanctions are a blunt instrument. Because firms are highly risk averse, it may be impossible to lift some sanctions related to the nuclear issue but keep those on human rights or terrorism. If so, then the DPRK may conclude a deal with the US is impossible.


DPRK IMAGEDPRK: Adherence to and compliance with arms control, nonproliferation and disarmament agreements and commitments, U.S. Department of State (5 June 2015) [PDF, 522KB]

North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear weapons is often (mis)understood through various external prisms and Western international relations theories. North Korea’s primary desire for nuclear weapons springs from internal drivers which differ significantly from Iran’s case. Cyber and space capabilities are important enablers for a nuclear capability, but North Korea’s primary motivation for developing the complementary suite of capabilities is to ensure its unique governance structures remain independent of external influence.


gov imageGOVERNANCE AND CIVIL SOCIETY: Seoul gay pride organizers vow to defy police ban, Jung Ha-won, AFP (4 June 2015)

Organizers of an annual gay pride parade in Seoul are accusing the police department of denying their right to free speech by banning this year’s parade following pressure from groups opposed to the event. Authorities are also under pressure following guidelines issued directing educators not to talk about sexual minorities. Meanwhile, a Tokyo district has become the first place in East Asia to recognize same-sex partnerships.


Pic for 11-6-2015CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION: Sendai framework for disaster risk reduction 2015-2030, World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (March 2015) [350 KB, PDF]

UN Member States have agreed a new framework for disaster risk reduction (DRR). The framework outlines seven global targets to be achieved over the next 15 years: a substantial reduction in global disaster mortality; a substantial reduction in numbers of affected people; a reduction in economic losses; substantial reduction in disaster damage to critical infrastructure; an increase in the number of countries with national and local disaster risk reduction strategies; enhanced international cooperation; and increased access to multi-hazard early warning systems.


18339080635_f7b091c573_kAustral Peace and Security: Iraq: an avoidable catastrophe? Allan Behm, The Strategist (9 June 2015)

Three elder statesmen of Australian security question government enthusiasm for alliance war in Iraq and the South China Sea. Allan Behm: “The unfolding humanitarian and political disaster in Iraq and Syria is ultimately a consequence of confusion, impetuosity, a preoccupation with tactical issues at the expense of strategic ones, and an ignorance of the political, communal, religious and cultural dynamics of Mesopotamia that borders on culpability.”


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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