Nautilus Peace and Security Weekly – 6 February 2014

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deterrence imageDETERRENCE:  The North Korean nuclear issue and Chinese policy, Zhang Tuosheng, NAPSNet Special Report (23 January 2014)

Zhang argues for Chinese countermeasures to DPRK proliferation.  1) Normalize China-DPRK relationship 2) support and balance peace-stability in Korea and denuclearization 3) Use uniquely Chinese leverage 4) Restart pragmatic dialogue 5) prepare for Korean emergencies; 6) use DPRK to develop new US-China relationship in Year of Wooden Horse.


dprk imageDPRK: North Korea: Kim Jong-un official speaks, Alastair Bunkall, Skynews (30 January 2014)

There is a glimmer of hope as both Koreas agree to family reunions.  North Korea’s charm offensive continues with an unprecedented interview of North Korea’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom – likely meant to directly address the Anglophone world.  Even as North Korea reaches out, information is seeping into North Korea as more people have cell phones in North Korea and crowd-sourcing efforts are slowly lifting the veil on North Korea.


Head of the North Korean working-level delegation Park shakes hands with his South Korean counterpart Lee during talks in the truce village of PanmunjomGOVERNANCE AND CIVIL SOCIETY: Kerry to discuss Korean reunification with China, Chosun Ilbo (4 February 2014)

Korean reunification will be a discussion topic between the US and China later this month, as ties between North and South warm slightly. The two Koreas agreed to hold family reunions at the end of February although the ROK will continue with planned military exercises. An informal poll of DPRK defectors indicates that most North Koreans desire reunification, and the ROK Supreme Court has found “worshipping” of Kim Il-Sung to be illegal.


Philippines TyphoonCLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION: Typhoon Haiyan: The response so far and vital lessons for the Philippines recovery, Oxfam Briefing Note, Oxfam International (7 December 2013) [PDF, 664 KB]

Typhoon ‘Haiyan’, along with a storm surge, smashed through coastal neighbourhoods and farmlands across much of the central Philippines on 8 November 2013. Groundwork and early warning systems saved many lives. However, regardless of that, thousands of people died and millions were left in need of immediate support. In this regard, we need to examine and plan for the challenges that the Philippines and the international community now face related to future disasters driven by climate change.


Austral imageAUSTRAL PEACE AND SECURITY: Jakarta monitors boat turnback area but denies on ‘war footing’, Dennis Shanahan, The Australian (24 January 2014)

As trade and nationalism threaten the northern hinge of the pivot, Australian domestic politics is warping the southern hinge. Volatile, fragile, and ambivalent at best, Australian relations with Indonesia have plunged, swamped electoral politics in both countries, manufactured panics about asylum-seeker boats, Indonesian affront over the “SBY spy scandal”, and reluctance to take Indonesia seriously. And now, Indonesia’s military begins to shift gears.


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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