Special Reports

Special Reports are longer, often more technical, documents consisting of entire articles, government statements, and other documents relevant to security and peace in Northeast Asia.

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RISKS OF DENSELY PACKED SPENT FUEL POOLS

by Allison Macfarlane May 19, 2017 I. INTRODUCTION This essay by Allison Macfarlane argues that “the back end of the fuel cycle, especially at reactors, has not received the attention to safety and management it needs.  Management of spent fuel after discharge from the reactor requires careful thought and safety analysis.  Surprisingly, regulators in some […]

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JAPAN’S NUCLEAR SECURITY AFTER THE FUKUSHIMA NUCLEAR ACCIDENT

Nobumasa Akiyama May 19, 2017 I.  INTRODUCTION   In this essay, Nobumasa Akiyama outlines lessons learned after the Fukushima catastrophe and Japan’s subsequent steps to address nuclear security concerns, describes Japan’s plutonium “trilemma,” and the weak links in the international nuclear security management framework.  He concludes that “reducing the risk of nuclear terrorism remains an […]

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CHALLENGES IN RISK GOVERNANCE FOR SAFETY AND SECURITY IN JAPANESE NUCLEAR POWER SECTOR

Taketoshi Taniguchi May 18, 2017 I. INTRODUCTION   This essay by Taketoshi Taniguchi gives an overview of the risk environment surrounding critical infrastructures including nuclear power, and discusses challenges in nuclear power sector in order to avoid slow-developing catastrophic risk and to mitigate malicious threats. “Ultimately, a well-informed public, on top of adequate emergency preparedness […]

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ANTICIPATING AND ADAPTING TO COMPLEX TERRORIST THREATS TO SPENT FUEL

Peter Hayes, May 17, 2017  I. INTRODUCTION This essay by Peter Hayes suggests that global urbanization and insecurity will generate new types of networked, long-range terrorism, especially from coastal megacities as they coalesce into gigantic urban corridors. Peter Hayes is Director of the Nautilus Institute and Honorary Professor at the Centre for International Security Studies at […]

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PROSPECTS AND CHALLENGES OF NUCLEAR POWER AND SMALL MODULAR REACTORS IN INDONESIA

by Bernadette K. Cogswell, Nataliawati Siahaan, Friga Siera R, M. V. Ramana, and Richard Tanter April 27, 2017 The full report in PDF format is found here [3 MB] I. INTRODUCTION This essay, and the accompanying research study co-published by the Nautilus Institute and the Indonesian Institute for Energy Economics titled Nuclear Power and Small Modular […]

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PLAYING THE JAPAN NUCLEAR CARD: DID THE US SECRETARY OF STATE REVERSE FIVE DECADES OF US NON-PROLIFERATION POLICY?

By Peter Hayes   March 21, 2017 I. INTRODUCTION   This essay by Peter Hayes analyzes the significance of US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s statements that Japanese and South Korean nuclear proliferation are “on the table” in negotiations with China over what to do about North Korea.  Hayes concludes that: “Tillerson’s playing the nuclear […]

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CONTINUATION OF POLICY WITH OTHER MEANS: ENSURING THAT THE MARCH-APRIL 2017 US-ROK MILITARY EXERCISES DO NOT INCREASE THE RISK OF WAR

Peter Hayes, Director, Nautilus Institute and Professor Center for International Security Studies, Sydney University February 15, 2017 I.  INTRODUCTION This essay by Peter Hayes argues that it is critical that military exercises not pre-empt US political objectives while President Donald Trump comes to grips with the “multilemma” that North Korean’s nuclear breakout poses for US […]

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DPRK COAL EXPORTS TO CHINA UNDER NEW UN SANCTIONS: POTENTIAL IMPACTS AND “WORK-AROUNDS”

David von Hippel and Peter Hayes February 14, 2017 I. INTRODUCTION This essay by David von Hippel, Nautilus Institute Senior Associate and Peter Hayes, Nautilus Institute Executive Director, analyzes the potential impacts of UNSC sanctions on North Korean coal exports to China, and how China may apply these sanctions in 2017.  They argue that “China […]

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Australia’s participation in the Pine Gap enterprise

Australia’s participation in the Pine Gap enterprise Desmond Ball, Bill Robinson and Richard Tanter 9 June 2016 Full report available here [1.7 MB]. Summary Australian participation in the operation of Pine Gap is effectively complete, with access to all areas of the base except the US National Cryptographic Room. The senior Australian Defence officials who […]

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“Yes I Can!” Byungjin and Kim Jong Un’s Strategic Patience

NAPSNET Special Report Peter Hayes and Roger Cavazos March 29, 2016 I.  INTRODUCTION North Korea upgraded its nuclear and military power and grew its economy slightly, thereby realizing Kim Jong Un’s byungjin line. It also attempted to open new external fronts and to coerce the South to cooperate on its terms, but failed. Instead, it […]

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