- DETERRENCE: Rebalancing the US Army Towards Asia
- DPRK: US expert questions ‘provocation-negotiation-reward’ cycle of N. Korea
- ENERGY SECURITY: China exports pollution to US, study finds
- GOVERNANCE AND CIVIL SOCIETY: Xinhua insight: Memorial for Korean who fought Japanese colonization
- CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION: China’s policies and actions for addressing climate change
DETERRENCE: Rebalancing the US Army Towards Asia, Paul Lushenko, East-West Center, Asia Pacific Bulletin, 244 (5 December 2013)
US Army Pacific (USARPAC) is now a 4 star command. USARPAC has articulated a Regional Campaign Plan to resolve inter-service and allied overlap and interoperability issues. USARPAC has adopted Pacific Pathway, an approach similar to a Marine Expeditionary Unit. The Marines are not impressed.
- 4-star: Marine Corps not threatened by Army’s Pacific strategy, Hope Hodge Seck, Marine Corps Times (15 January 2014)
- The wrong path in the Pacific, Aaron Marx, Brookings Institution (14 January 2014)
- Army’s ‘Pacific Pathways’ initiative sets up turf battle with Marines, Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Washington Post (29 December 2013)
DPRK: US expert questions ‘provocation-negotiation-reward’ cycle of N. Korea, Park Hyun, The Hankyoreh (20 January 2014)
As all militaries on and near the Korean Peninsula prepare for the upcoming exercise cycle, things will be different this year. North Korea seems to be on a charm offensive which is sometimes a prelude to taking an even harder line. Moreover, the operational-level battlespace around the peninsula is increasingly contested, contains overlapping ADIZ and sets the scene for a miscalculation or human error to quickly escalate into a crisis.
- Origins of the Senkaku/Diaoyutai dispute between China, Taiwan and Japan, Yabuki Susumu with Introduction by Mark Selden, Asia Pacific Journal (13 January 2014)
- ADIZ: A four letter word, Roger Cavazos, The Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainability (21 January 2014)
- China’s maritime disputes, Council on Foreign Relations (2013)
ENERGY SECURITY: China exports pollution to US, study finds, Edward Wong, New York Times (20 January 2014)
Pollution in China at last has everybody’s concern because there are real huge business opportunities in energy efficiency and cleaner fuels. Compared to North America and Western Europe 60 years ago, cleaner fuels such as oil, gas, and electricity are relatively less affordable to China today, but the equipment in supply and use is far more efficient.
- Chinese city shut down by off-the-charts pollution, James Samenow, Capital Weather Gang blog, Washington Pose (21 October 2013)
- Opportunity Beckons in China Smog, Adam Jourdan, Reuters via New York Times (30 December 2013)
- The pea souper that killed 12,000: How the Great Smog choked London 60 years ago this week, Daily Mail online (5 December 2012)
- US once had air pollution to match China’s today, Jack Williams, Capital Weather Gang blog, Washington Post (25 October 2013)
GOVERNANCE AND CIVIL SOCIETY: Xinhua insight: Memorial for Korean who fought Japanese colonization, Shen Qing, Xinhua (19 January 2014)
China memorialized a Korean independence fighter who assassinated the Japanese resident-general of Korea in 1905, following a request from the ROK last year. Japan criticized the memorial as detrimental to northeast Asian relations; ROK and China criticized Japan for again failing to properly acknowledge history. While Japan also calls for improved ties in the region, the ROK is poised to oppose Japan becoming a permanent member of the UNSC.
- Japan protest over Korean assassin Ahn Jung-geun memorial in China, BBC (20 January 2014)
- Better Japan-China-S. Korea ties benefit region, world: Kishida, Kyodo News International (17 January 2014)
- Park hints at opposition to UNSC seat for Japan, Chosun Ilbo (16 January 2014)
CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION: China’s policies and actions for addressing climate change, The National Development and Reform Commission, The People’s Republic of China (2013) [PDF, 227 KB]
The National Development and Reform Commission of China has compiled a national plan for addressing climate change (2013-2020). After analyzing the trends and impacts of climate change in China, the Commission has suggested some key targets, foremost activities and safeguarding measures to address climate change by 2020. Moreover, it has designed a general framework where provinces also formulate their mid- and long-term plans to address climate change.
- Report of the US-China Climate Change Working Group to the Strategic And Economic Dialogue, Special Envoy for Climate Change, Washington, DC (July 10, 2013)
- China: A vital partner in combating climate change, Jim Yong Kim, the World Bank (September 17, 2013)
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.