Nautilus Peace and Security Weekly – 3 July

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DETERRENCE: From Afghan Sell-Off To Pacific Build-Up: The Strategy Of Logistics, S. Freedberg, Breaking Defense, June 12, 2014

Facing budget cuts and rebalancing, US Defense Logistics Agency shifted from military-spec to commercial jet-fuel with many more suppliers and storage sites—an example of logistical shift to market supply chains.  To move fuel direct to ships, aircraft, and bases, DLA drew down stockpiles in Hawaii and increased them in the Philippines and Singapore.

Source: YonhapGOVERNANCE AND CIVIL SOCIETY: Teachers’ Union Loses Suit on Legal Status, Yoon Min-sik, Korea Herald (19 June 2014)

A court has ruled the KTU, a left-leaning teachers union, illegal, the latest in the ongoing confrontation between the KTU and Education Ministry. The Ministry is now pursuing disciplinary measures against teachers who protested the ruling. International groups have called on the ROK to recognize the KTU’s legal status, and the KTU has the support of several newly-elected regional education chiefs.

CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION: Initiating and Sustaining Action: Experiences Building Resilience to Climate Change in Asian Cities, Urban Climate, vol. 7, pages 47-63 (March 2014) [Open Access]

Significant investment is being made by donor organisations to catalyse awareness about climate change impacts in urban environments and to initiate processes that enable cities to adapt and become more resilient. Whilst these types of programs are valuable, they are constrained by finite budgets and timescales (typically a few years), and the scale of funding involved is minor in relation to urban investment funds that are held by city, state and national governments.

theguardian.comENERGY SECURITY: The Climate Domino, Paul Krugman, New York Times (5 June 2014)

Is the sky falling, and will dominoes too? The first domino to knock is that “action in the US” – the type with reversible Executive Orders and Agency regulations yet to be implemented, modifiable by states and courts – “would lead to corresponding action in Europe and Japan,” and that China can be threatened with restrictions of her “access to advanced-country markets” and “carbon tariffs”. Next, other dominoes of environmental imperialism.

CLIMATE CHANGE AND SECURITY: Complexity and Determining Dangerous Levels of Climate Impacts, Chris Huntingford, Environmental Research Letters, 9: 1-3 (2014)

Water scarcity is central to climate security, especially in the water-energy-food nexus. Yet temperature rise effects on water scarcity for people, as opposed to those on terrestrial ecosystems, are both threatening and non-linear, but in opposite ways. Recognizing complexity, and hence uncertainty, in the interaction of ecological systems with other systems brings security benefits, even at the cost of making pathways to security more tentative. But then there’s also simple water-grabbing.

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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