Nautilus Peace and Security Weekly – 2 January 2014

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deterrence imageDETERRENCE: The U.S. nuclear deterrent: what are the requirements for a strong deterrent in an era of defense sequester? Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, House Committee on Armed Services, p.13 (19 March 2013)

British admiral Jackie Fisher once said a lot of folks want to know how big the British Navy ought to be and what kind of ships we ought to have in it. He said the first thing you have to do is make up your mind how you are going to fight. He said, how many of us have made up our mind how we are going to fight? And then he said, how many of us even have minds?

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

In December 2014, the year of the Horse, North Korea finishes a three year mourning period; Kim Jong-un will fully don his “charismatic” mantle of leadership. To avoid buying the same horse twice, a look at 2013 is helpful. Diplomatically, North Korea wants to return to be recognized as a Nuclear Weapons State. North Korea announced 14 new Special Economic Zones. Militarily, North Korea exploded another nuclear device. Domestically, Kim Jong-un executed his number 2 who was also his uncle.

Fracking in Texas: the real cost of fracking - video

ENERGY SECURITY: Disaster risk reduction and sustainable development, Issue Brief, Integrated Research on Disaster Risk and International Council for Science, prepared for UN General Assembly Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals, New York, 6-10 January 2014 (12 December 2013) [PDF, 713KB]

“Good management of today’s existing risks is clearly the starting point for facing tomorrow’s changed risks, whether from climate change, globalization or development. These three policy arenas share interests in monitoring changing risks, reducing exposure and vulnerability and advancing the transformation to resilience and sustainability.” True, but there is no ministry in charge of risks, and everybody has a pressing priority of their own, like fixing the carbon market or promoting fracking hell like hell to save the planet.

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GOVERNANCE AND CIVIL SOCIETY: South Korea targets 29 percent nuclear power reliance by 2035, Heesu Lee, Bloomberg (10 December 2013)

Nuclear power is to account for 29 percent of the ROK’s power generation capacity in 2035, requiring an increase of 11 reactors, according to a draft of its second basic energy plan. Japan also plans to maintain its reliance on nuclear power, while some are concerned that the recent state secrets law will allow the government to keep information from the public, including on the safety of nuclear power.

climate adapt imageCLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION: PREPARE – barriers and enablers to organisational and sectoral adaptive capacity – qualitative study, David Ballard et al., Report for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, UK (2013) [1.28 MB, PDF]

The prime conjectures related to organisational adaptive capacity are that (a) capacity builds up gradually, i.e. organisations start by being less useful but that their capacity enhances through various learning actions, and (b) the barriers that appear at initial steps of adaptive capacity building are dissimilar to those that affect when organisations intend to enhance their existing capacity. A third conjecture (c) is that barriers are not only technological in nature, but that a wide range of barriers need to be considered.

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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  • Arabella Imhoff


  • Deterrence: Peter Hayes
  • Governance and Civil Society: Dyana Mardon
  • Climate Change Adaptation: Saleem Janjua
  • DPRK: Roger Cavazos
  • Energy Security: Nikhil Desai

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