Nautilus Peace and Security Weekly – 5 September 2013

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Members of the United Nations chemical weapons investigation team wait for their vehicles with other members of their team before leaving a hotel in Damascus on Wednesday.DETERRENCE: Statement on Chemical Weapons Use in Syria and the International Response, Daryl Kimball, Arms Control NOW, (August 28, 2013)

The August 21, 2013 chemical attack against civilians is a war crime.  Responsible Syrians must be tried at the International Criminal Court.   The US cannot safely strike chemical weapons sites because some may not be known; may cause more civilian chemical casualties; and may be seized by militia or terrorist groups.

On September 3 Local time, it was reported that former U.S. NBA start Dennis Rodman was starting his 2nd trip to North Korea in a year. He visited Kim Jong-un this March.DPRK: Engaging enemies: Fraught with Risk, Necessary for Peace, Mel Gurtov, Global Asia, (June 2013)

An uncharacteristically humble Dennis Rodman is visiting Pyongyang for basketball diplomacy.  Rodman is clearly downplaying any expectations that he will come back with the arrested American Ken Bae.   Hope springs eternal that this visit marks the inflection point where Kim is really ready to deal with the outside. There are numerous means to engage North Korea.  Maintaining peace is always the goal; not talking for talks’ sake.

Photo: Chairman of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change IPCC, Rajendra Pachauri, speaks on June 6, 2011 in Oslo. Source: AFPENERGY SECURITY: Climate at Five Minutes to Midnight: IPCC Head, Agence France Presse (3 September 2013)

While the forthcoming IPCC report has yet to be released, this author assumes that despite the complexity of the data, it will include arguments for the need to act before it is too late. Recently the  UNSG reported that “the world’s quest for dignity, peace, prosperity, justice, sustainability and an end to poverty has reached an unprecedented moment of urgency.” Reports may not adequately reflect the immediate needs of the world’s poor.

Embattled lawmaker Lee Seok-ki, center, of the Unified Progressive Party, who faces arrest on charges of an insurrection conspiracy, pledges allegiance to the nation as the National Assembly’s session opened yesterday.GOVERNANCE AND CIVIL SOCIETY: Assembly Mulls Rebellion Arrest, Joongang Ilbo (3 September 2013)

A group of lawmakers from a ROK minority leftist party, including a sitting Assemblyman, have been arrested on charges of conspiracy against the state under the National Security Law. Some question motives for the arrest considering recent, spreading protests against the National Intelligence Service and whether evidence is adequate to support a conspiracy charge.

Field work Vung Tau_VietnamCLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION: Supporting Decision-Making for Effective Adaptation, NCCARF policy guidance brief 3, National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility – NCCARF (2013)

Disconnect between the reality of model data and the expectations of users remains an issue in developing knowledge on future climates to underpin adaptation decision-making. Decision-makers should ask themselves whether there is a real need for complex, detailed, and often time consuming and expensive to produce, information on future climates that may have a low degree of certainty. In fact, broad-brush information on climate changes may be sufficient to do an exploratory examination, which may in turn be highly revealing of where the exposure and sensitivities to climate change lie.

Underwater paths of the world's information.AUSTRAL PEACE AND SECURITY:  Australian Spies in Global Deal to Tap Undersea Cables, Philip Dorling, Canberra Times (29 August 2013)

The Australian Signals Directorate partners British, American and Singaporean intelligence agencies to tap undersea fibre optic cables that link Asia, the Middle East and Europe. The SEA-ME-WE-3 cable that runs from Japan to Germany is one of the most important undersea cables accessed by the NSA. Singaporean intelligence co-operates with Australia in accessing and sharing communications carried by the cable which lands at Tuas on the western side of Singapore Island.

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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