Nautilus Peace and Security Weekly – 23 January 2014

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UntitledDETERRENCE:  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.

DPRK imageDPRK: 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.

energy image 2ENERGY 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.

gov imageGOVERNANCE 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.

Climateadapt imageCLIMATE 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.

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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