Nautilus Peace and Security Weekly – 4 July 2013

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Image source: Air Force Nuclear Task ForceDETERRENCE: Nuke missile crews cite morale-sapping issues, Internal Air Force emails list complaints that suggest sagging morale among members of nuclear missile crews, Robert Burns, Associated Press (4 June 2013)

Missileers at 91st Missile Wing, Minot Air Force Base report poor leadership, dead-end careers, inexperienced officers, “poor leadership,” arduous work, and being stuck in “dead-end careers” in nuclear weapons.

Image source: news.takungpao.comDPRK: CPRK accuses S. Korean Chief Executive of her anti-DPRK remarks, Korean Central News Agency, (1 July 2013)

President Park had a successful state visit to China.  However, it is unclear what progress was made on denuclearizing North Korea since “denuclearization” has not been defined.  Press statements in English, Korean and Chinese contain a few common elements, but also wide divergences on which party agreed to what.  Even North Korea expressed a desire to denuclearize.

Image source: Alex Wong/Getty ImagesENERGY SECURITY: US and the climate – Obama’s steps are modest but go in the right direction, Editorial, Financial Times (25 June 2013)

“Something must surely be better than nothing,” says FT, in the spirit of do-anything-ism, celebrating Obama’s Washington speech in the middle of a heat wave. Keeping the dream alive requires continued slumber or trance. Four years and 158 days later, a diminished President of a diminished country – Tom Donilon disagrees – has managed to promise a small step forward, and would go nowhere if his party doesn’t regain control of the Congress in 2015. World Bank prepares to fund infrastructure in the name of climate protection.

Image source: ReutersGOVERNANCE AND CIVIL SOCIETY: The US, Chinese and Japanese media reactions to Pres. Park’s China summit, Seong Yeon-cheol, Park Hyun and Jeong Nam-ku, Hankyoreh (1 July 2013)

China and the ROK emphasized their growing mutual ties following the first summit between Xi and Park, while Japanese media viewed the summit as China and the ROK building a united front against Tokyo. President Park was accompanied by a large business contingent on her visit, and this week Chinese public figures with a strong virtual presence will visit the ROK and offer real-time commentary to followers.

Image source:	CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION: A holistic approach to climate change vulnerability and adaptation assessment: pilot study in Thailand, Suppakorn Chinvanno, Partner report series No. 4, Regional Climate Change Adaptation Knowledge Platform for Asia and Stockholm Environment Institute (2013) [1.44 MB, PDF]

Climate change is not the sole factor affecting vulnerability of and risk to social and ecological systems. Socioeconomic changes driven by development plans or private-sector initiatives can also have significant impacts and alter the risks from climate change. They may also change how resources are used, and potentially make other sectors more vulnerable to climate threats. Yet, most climate-related studies conducted in Thailand so far have not considered socioeconomic factors, so they provide only a narrow view of climate change vulnerability and adaptive capacity.

Image source: Rainforest Action NetworkCLIMATE CHANGE AND SECURITY: Back to the land? Legitimation, carbon offsets and Australia’s emissions trading scheme, Rebecca Pearse, Global Change, Peace and Security, vol. 25, no.1 (22 February, 2013)

The complications arising in the attempt to create a market in land carbon in Australia and the Asia-Pacific caution against the global pursuit of a REDD+ market. The market rules and governance norms established in Australia’s carbon market are likely to filter up and across to other jurisdictions. Compounded legitimation crises will continue outside and within Australian borders.

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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