Nautilus Peace and Security Weekly – 1 May 2014

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DETERRENCE: Expeditionary Force 21, Forward and Ready, Now and in the Future, 4 March 2014

Driven by post Iraq-Afghanistan withdrawal pains and facing budget cuts, the US Marines wants a more agile, rapidly deployable force structure, integrated with the Navy, ceding long-term occupation to the Army, and a more flexible, lighter, faster vessels and equipment to support independent expeditionary operations in the face of “anti-access/area denial” threats.

529309335DPRK: United States, Japan, Republic of Korea Defense Trilateral Talks Joint Statement,  United States Department of Defense News Release, 18 April 2014

North Korea continues to push unlikely partners together while creating fissures with its ally. China floated a trial balloon stating via a proxy academic that they might consider direct talks with South Korea and the U.S.  North Korea also helped delay OPCON (Operational Control) of military forces in the Republic of Korea and even served to bring South Korea and Japan together. It is possible to quantify to some extent how North Korea transfers the negative impacts of sanctions to the common people by measuring luminosity.

GOVERNANCE AND CIVIL SOCIETY: China, S. Korea and Japan’s Environment Ministers Discuss Joint Response to Air Pollution, Xinhua (29 April 2014)

The Environment Ministers of China, Japan and the ROK signed a Joint Communique to enhance cooperation on environmental issues and address air pollution in the region. Japan and the ROK have been significantly affected by China pollutants this year, causing the ROK to increase its budget for air monitoring ten-fold over last year. As an added risk factor, research is showing correlation between pollution and suicide rate in Asia and the US.

Image for 1-5-2014CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION: Stakeholder-Driven Research for Climate Adaptation in New York City (Chapter 4), Nir Y. Krakauer, New Trends in Earth-Science Outreach and Engagement, Advances in Natural and Technological Hazards Research, Springer International Publishing, 2014 [398 KB, PDF]

New York City’s climate change adaptation trajectory is unusual among global cities in that it has the technical resources to commission science, engineering, and policy research specific to its needs. Through projects (such as those discussed in this article), New York City is leveraging its human capital to make better use of current facilities and regulatory frameworks, providing a potential model for other jurisdictions.

ENERGY SECURITY: Power Hungry, Anilesh S. Mahajan, Business Today, 27 April 2014

The power of electricity, the electricity of power, the powerlessness of powerlessness. Indian parliamentary elections may turn on the perception of the “Gujarat model of development” marketed by a champion for the powerful, also invested in electricity and the politics of favors. Pursuit of non-performing zero-carbon assets – nuclear and wind – has made things worse.

Warning sign on the road to Joint Defence Facility Pine Gap (Wikipedia)AUSTRAL PEACE AND SECURITY: Malcolm Fraser: An Unlikely Radical, Robert Manne, The Age, 26 April 2014

Dangerous Allies is the most radical book ever to have been written by a former Australian prime minister. Fraser expresses the essence of his policy recommendation in these words: “To make sure that America does not have a capacity to force Australia into a war which we should well and truly keep out of.” Great powers do not reward loyalty; that is the abiding illusion on which our defence policy has been based for more than a century. It’s time for Australia to grow up.’

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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