Policy Forum

Nautilus Institute’s Policy Forum‘s focus is on the timely publication of expert analysis and op-ed style pieces on the foremost of security-related issues to Northeast Asia. Its mission is to facilitate a multilateral flow of information among an international network of policy-makers, analysts, scholars, media, and readers. Policy Forum essays are typically from a wide range of expertise, political orientations, as well as geographic regions and seeks to present readers with opinions and analysis by experts on the issues as well as alternative voices not typically presented or heard. Feedback, comments, responses from Policy Forum readers are highly encouraged.

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Does Australia Energy Export Future Lie with the Asian Supergrid?

By Samantha Mella 19 May 2015 I. Introduction Samantha Mella writes that, despite climate concerns, the current Australian government is fixated on supporting and expanding the Australian coal industry. Mella argues that ‘Australia may benefit from reconsidering what it means to be an energy superpower in 2015. In the era of an altered climate and carbon […]

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The $40 billion submarine pathway to Australian strategic confusion

by Richard Tanter 20 April 2015 I. Introduction Richard Tanter writes “Almost everything about the Abbott government’s project to spend up to $40 billion on twelve new submarines is breathtakingly wrongheaded, hazardous strategically and profligate financially. “The Abbott government’s determination to tighten Australia’s military bonds with a truculent nationalist government in Japan, including through a […]

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What Could an “Asian Super-grid” Mean for Northeast Asia?

by David von Hippel 13 April 2015 I. INTRODUCTION Proposals for Asian “Supergrids”—potential regional interconnections of electrical grids and related infrastructure to allow the trading of power, in particular (but not exclusively) electricity generated from renewable resources, across Northeast Asia and beyond—have been considered for many years. Such interconnections could help nations to address their […]

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Ammonia as a fuel for passenger vehicles: possible implications for greenhouse gas reduction in Korea

by David von Hippel and Doo Won Kang 6 April 2015 I. Introduction In this Policy Forum David von Hippel and Doo Won Kang write ‘Given Koreans’ increasing appetite for ownership of road vehicles, there is an important role for a fuel that is carbon-free, portable, energy-dense, and compatible with existing cars and fueling systems. Ammonia (NH3) […]

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Southeast Asia’s nuclear push: the need for better regional communication and nuclear accident response capabilities

by Denia Djokic 30 March 2015 I. INTRODUCTION In this article on the push for nuclear power in Southeast Asia, Denia Djokic writes “There are many responsibilities that these nuclear aspirants must fulfill in order to be able to utilize nuclear energy responsibly. These include technical capacity-building for the nuclear workforce and the strengthening of programs of […]

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A comprehensive agreement for security in Northeast Asia

by Morton Halperin 16 March 2015 Introduction In this Policy Forum Morton H. Halperin writes ‘A new approach is clearly needed to prevent the DPRK from testing and deploying its operational nuclear weapons capability and to persuade it to de-nuclearize.’ Halperin lays out a plan for achieving a comprehensive security agreement in Northeast Asia, ‘one […]

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Sanctions easing as a sign of non-hostility

Leon V. Sigal 23 February 2015 This report was a originally written as a paper for the Nautilus-CIIS Workshop on Comprehensive Security Settlement and DPRK Nuclear Issue, Beijing, January 23, 2014  I. Introduction In this Policy Forum, Leon V. Sigal writes that “The DPRK has long sought an easing of U.S. and ‘U.S.-led’ sanctions as […]

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Iran and a Comprehensive Settlement

Iran and a Comprehensive Settlement Thomas Pickering, Career Ambassador NAPSNet Policy Forum, February 10, 2015 Nautilus-CIIS Workshop on Comprehensive Security Settlement and DPRK Nuclear Issue, Beijing, January 23, 2014 I. Introduction Pickering explains the mistrust between the negotiating parties working towards a lasting Iran deal. He then illustrates the progress made to date and articulates […]

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Non-Hostile Intent

Non-Hostile Intent Robert Carlin, Visiting Fellow, Center for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford University NAPSNet Policy Forum, February 3, 2015 Nautilus-CIIS Workshop on Comprehensive Security Settlement and DPRK Nuclear Issue, Beijing, January 23, 2014 I. Introduction Robert Carlin explores the effort to deal with “North [Korea’s] constant refrain that what stood in the way of a breakthrough in […]

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The DPRK as a Participant in Northeast Asia Regional Energy Cooperation: Benefits and Challenges

NAPSNet Policy Forum By David Von Hippel and Peter Hayes 20 January, 2015 This paper was originally published with support from the Hanyang University’s Energy, Governance and Security (EGS)  Center, available in Global Energy Monitor Vol. 2, No.10. I. Introduction In this policy forum, the authors argue, “Resolution of the DPRK nuclear weapons and related issues would open […]

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