Nautilus Peace and Security Weekly – 21 February 2013

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See this week’s blog: China 1, Japan 0. Allies beware, from our Austral Peace and Security contributor, Richard Tanter.

DETERRENCE: Borey-class nuclear-powered ballistic-missile submarine Yuri Dolgorukiy will provide Russia with effective nuclear deterrent, Yulia Zamanskaya, Voice of Russia (22 January 2013)

Russia commissioned the Borei nuclear strategic submarine. President Putin said it “will become an important element of sea-based strategic forces, a guarantor of global balance and security of Russia and its allies.” Dmitry Rogozin, Deputy PM for military industries Twittered: “You bourgeoisie tremble! You are screwed!”

DPRK: Some Chinese are souring on being North Korea’s best friend, Perlez, Jane, New York Times (16 February 2013)

The local military conflict on the Korean peninsula created conditions which in part led North Korea to develop nuclear weapons.  Addressing the security environment of all who have a role in peninsular matters at least provides a framework for addressing the issue – even if North Korea’s main reason for developing nuclear weapons is endogenous. Communicating with North Korea remains a critical, yet underutilized tool.

ENERGY SECURITY: Global wind power reaches 282 GW in 2012 – G.W.E.C. Catherine Dominguez, Ecoseed (12 February 2013)

These are the best of the times; these are the worst of the times. Through five years of financial and economic crisis, renewable electricity has grown rapidly in countries with practically zero electricity growth. Its contribution to GHG reductions is debatable, compared to, say, that by unemployment. How many long-term jobs it has created is anybody’s guess, as also the extent of reduction of climate change vulnerability. Throwing money may come to an end though; subsidies are not renewable.

GOVERNANCE AND CIVIL SOCIETY: Popular protests in China against N. Korea’s nuclear test, Chosun Ilbo (18 February 2013)

Protests broke out in China against the DPRK’s nuclear test last week, with protesters calling for stronger economic sanctions, military steps and a halt to sending aid supplies to the DPRK. The DPRK has warned China of further nuclear tests to push the US into nuclear talks. The ROK ruling party called for the development of domestic nuclear deterrence capability and Japan has signaled its right to pre-emptive strikes against imminent attacks.

AUSTRAL PEACE AND SECURITY: Australia must pursue the truth about Prisoner X, Ben Saul, The Drum, ABC (14 February 2013)

Israel has been accused of ‘forcibly disappearing’ Prisoner X, the Australian Jew Ben Zygier, who died alone in an Israeli prison. The allegation follows our ‘good friend’ Israel’s forgery of Australian passports when its assassins murdered a Hamas financier in a Dubai hotel. It seems he was an Australian who moved to Israel, worked for Mossad, was imprisoned for treason, and died there by apparent suicide in 2010. But the security law book is not Israel’s alone to write.

Menas BordersBlog: China 1, Japan 0. Allies beware

by Richard Tanter – Austral Peace and Security Contributor

Japan has a talent for border disputes: it has one with all of its neighbours: the Senkakus…

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. Each week, one of our authors also provides a short blog that explores these inter-relationships.

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