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Grappling with the Bomb

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Book Series: Pacific Series ISBN: 9781760461379 9781760461386 Year: DOI: 10.22459/GB.09.2017 Language: English
Publisher: ANU Press
Subject: Environmental Sciences --- Sociology --- Medicine (General)
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Grappling with the Bomb is a history of Britain’s 1950s program to test the hydrogen bomb, code name Operation Grapple. In 1957–58, nine atmospheric nuclear tests were held at Malden Island and Christmas Island—today, part of the Pacific nation of Kiribati. Nearly 14,000 troops travelled to the central Pacific for the UK nuclear testing program—many are still living with the health and environmental consequences. Based on archival research and interviews with nuclear survivors, Grappling with the Bomb presents i-Kiribati woman Sui Kiritome, British pacifist Harold Steele, businessman James Burns, Fijian sailor Paul Ah Poy, English volunteers Mary and Billie Burgess and many other witnesses to Britain’s nuclear folly.

A Nuclear Refrain

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ISBN: 9781950192618 9781950192625 Year: Pages: 146 DOI: 10.21983/P3.0271.1.00 Language: English
Publisher: punctum books
Subject: Sociology
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"A Nuclear Refrain is a spatial fiction that critiques the 
policy of nuclear deterrence, the concept of Mutually Assured 
Destruction, and the UK’s decision to replace its Vanguard submarines, 
so-called Trident replacement. We challenge that decision via extending 
our geographical imaginations into the past, present, and future. Noting
 the more usual economic, moral, and strategic objections to Trident and
 its replacement, A Nuclear Refrain considers the issues from 
less familiar perspectives: the emotional and embodied, empire and the 
establishment, and the impact on democratic potentialities.
Set against the authors’ ongoing participation in extensive public 
protests against the UK’s decision to replace Trident in 2016, A Nuclear Refrain
 disrupts familiar academic and policy forms of writing. It is “an 
uncomfortable hybrid between academia and fiction,” intent on 
discomfiting the reader to spur the radical reimagining of a world 
profoundly shaped by the threat of nuclear weapons. Inspired by author 
and social critic Charles Dickens, this book draws on the form of A Christmas Carol.
 Transported by “ghosts” of the nuclear past, present and future, a 
pro-Trident British policy maker, the Right Honourable Roger C. 
Bezeeneos, has his perceptions sorely challenged. But will Roger allow 
his feelings to influence his decision-making? Will he recognize the 
yearning for empire-lost that mobilizes the British establishment? And 
will he admit the limiting of political participation that a commitment 
to nuclear deterrence determines? It’s your call, Roger."

Complexity, Security and Civil Society in East Asia: Foreign Policies and the Korean Peninsula

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ISBN: 9781783741144 Year: Pages: 470 DOI: 10.11647/OBP.0059 Language: English
Publisher: Open Book Publishers Grant: FP7 Ideas: European Research Council - 338229
Subject: Political Science
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Complexity, Security and Civil Society in East Asia offers the latest understanding of complex global problems including nuclear weapons, urban insecurity, energy, and climate change in the region. Detailed case studies in China, North and South Korea, and Japan demonstrate the importance of civil society and 'civic diplomacy' in reaching shared solutions to these problems in East Asia and beyond. Each chapter describes regional civil society initiatives that tackle complex challenges to East Asia’s security. In so doing the book presents key pressure points at which civil society can push for constructive changes ― especially ones that reduce the North Korean threat to its neighbors. Unusually, this book is both theoretical and practical. Complexity, Security and Civil Society in East Asia identifies strategies that can be led by civil society and negotiated by its diplomats to realize peace, security and sustainability worldwide. It shows that networked civic diplomacy offers solutions to these urgent issues in ways that official ‘complex diplomacy’ cannot. By providing a new theoretical framework based on empirical observation, the book is a must read for diplomats, scholars, students, journalists, activists and individual readers seeking insight into how to solve the crucial issues of our time. (Please note that the grant information as stated in the metadata below applies only to the following chapter: "6. The Implications of Civic Diplomacy for ROK Foreign Policy").

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