Nautilus Peace and Security Weekly – 19 December 2013

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Deterrence imageDETERRENCE: Navy launches drone from an underwater submarine, W. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times (6 December 2013)

The Navy launched an electric fuel-cell powered XFC drone from a torpedo tube of submerged SSN USS Providence.  The XFC beams video back to a submarine for six hours, thereby proving the concept of sub-launched drones to support special operations forces. Image source: Naval Sea System Command

DPRK imageDPRK: Public ouster in North Korea unsettles China, Jane Perlez and Choe Sang-hun, The New York Times (9 December 2013)

North Korea executed Jang Song-taek and severed many links to China.  North Korea’s songbun policy punishes up to three generations removed from the guilty party; Jang’s execution will have a disruptive ripple effect.  In two years, Kim Jong-un “adjusted” five of seven advisors close to Kim Jong-il. Kim Jong-un’s rule is likely secure for the next few years.  China should invite him to visit as Kim is the only one who will not be purged.

energy imageENERGY SECURITY: Nuclear scare stories are a gift to the truly lethal coal industry, George Monbiot, Guardian (16 December 2013)

And climate scare stories are a gift to the unspeakably dangerous nuclear industry, leave aside the fact that the chances of nuclear – or any other so-called ‘zero-carbon’ energy option – to substitute for all coal by 2050 are precisely zero. The net global warming impact of new coal power over that period is, too, close to zero, if severe SO2 controls can be avoided. In the meantime, climate and war wreak a havoc in Jordan and Syria, and air pollution does a silent kill in cities from Shanghai to Tehran, and elsewhere. Image source: ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images

gov imageGOVERNANCE AND CIVIL SOCIETY: “How are you?” student movement becomes nationwide phenomenon, Song Ho-kyun, June Dae-ha and Jeon Jin-sik, Hankyoreh (17 December 2013)

Students across university and high school campuses have put up posters expressing students’ frustrations with politics and society in the ROK and calling on youth to become more active in societal issues. The movement has spread into various levels of society, in response to scandals surrounding the National Intelligence Service and the treatment of unionized workers from the nation’s rail agency currently on strike. Image source: Aju News

COAL POWER STATIONCLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION: Climate change and health: A tool to estimate health and adaptation costs, WHO Regional Office for Europe, WHO (2013) [8.30 MB, PDF]

The economic analysis tools assist health adaptation planning. These tools provide support on estimating: the costs linked with climate change related health impacts; the costs for adaptation in a range of sectors to guard health from climate change impacts, and (c) the effectiveness of adaptation actions (adaptation costs vs. intended outcomes). Image source: Frank Rumpenhorst DPA /LANDOV

CLIMATE SEC IMAGECLIMATE CHANGE AND SECURITY: Abrupt impacts of climate change: anticipating surprises, National Research Council (3 December 2013)

‘An example of an abrupt change is the opening of shipping lanes in the Arctic. The timescale of concern is years to decades. A key characteristic of these changes is that they can come faster than expected, planned, or budgeted for, forcing more reactive, rather than proactive, modes of behaviour. An Abrupt Change Early Warning System (ACEWS) would allow for the prediction and possible mitigation of such changes before their societal impacts are severe.’

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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