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.

NAPSNet, Special Reports

North Korea in 2014: A Fresh Leap Forward Into Thin Air?

NAPSNet Special Report by Peter Hayes and Roger Cavazos 9 March 2015 I.     SUMMARY In 2014, North Korea neither overcame its isolation due to its nuclear weapons and hostile geostrategic posture, nor reformed its economy. Kim Jong Un learned on the job, consolidated his leadership, avoided military risk, and opened new channels to South Korea, […]

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North Korea’s nuclear force roadmap: hard choices

by Peter Hayes and Roger Cavazos NAPSNet Special Report 2 March 2015 I. SUMMARY In this report Peter Hayes and Roger Cavazos lay out a possible roadmap for North Korea’s nuclear operational force. The authors state: “The laws of physics that determine how nuclear weapons and delivery systems perform are the same in North Korea […]

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Nuclear command-and-control in the Millenials era

In this report Peter Hayes writes about the risk of nuclear war and complexity. He states that “very few leaders or even strategic scholars pay attention to the new complexity of the operating environment in which national nuclear command-and-control systems operate, or the new characteristics of the command-and-control systems and their supporting CISR systems that may contribute to the problem of loss-of-control and rapid escalation to nuclear war.

“Today, the underlying ground is moving beneath the feet of nuclear-armed states. The enormous flow across borders of people, containers, and information, and the growth of connectivity between cities, corporations, and communities across borders, is recasting the essential nature of security itself to a networked flux of events and circumstances that no agency or state can control. The meta-system of nuclear command-and control systems has emerged in this new post-modern human condition.”

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동북아 비핵지대를 통한 핵 위협의 종식

동북아 비핵지대를 통한 핵 위협의 종식[1] 피터 헤이지(노틸러스 연구소) http://www.kdjlibrary.org/ 6 January 2015 English version (영어 버전) here 요약 본 글은 동북아 지역에서 핵 위협이 어떻게 국가간의 관계에서 형성되고 있고, 비핵국가에 대한 그러한 위협을 감소시키고 종식시키기 위해서는 어떤 노력을 기울어야 하는지 설명하고자 작성된 것이다. 또한 동북아 비핵무기지대(이하 비핵지대)가 어떻게 이러한 핵 위협을 종식시킬 수 있고, […]

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Ending Nuclear Threat via a Northeast Asia Nuclear Weapons-Free Zone

Peter Hayes Nautilus Institute NAPSNet Special Report January 6, 2015 This special report was first presented at the Nuclear Free Korea and Northeast Asia Conference, Kim Dae-jung Presidential Library, December 10, 2014, Seoul. Korean version (한국어 버전) here I. Summary This background paper sketches how nuclear threat is woven into inter-state relations in the Northeast […]

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Rapid Relief and Reconstruction in a DPRK Humanitarian Energy Crisis

Peter Hayes, David von Hippel, and Roger Cavazos Nautilus Institute 23 December 2014 I. SUMMARY This scoping paper identifies key issues associated with rapid relief and reconstruction for the provision of energy services that could arise in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). This situation could occur in three ways: a) partial energy system […]

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OVERCOMING US-DPRK HOSTILITY: The Missing Link between a Northeast Asian Comprehensive Security Settlement and Ending the Korean War

Peter Hayes[1] Nautilus Institute NAPSNet Special Report, December 21, 2014 Originally presented at Research Center for Nuclear Weapons Abolition, workshop, Denuclearization of Northeast Asia and of the World ― Developing a Comprehensive Approach to a Northeast Asia Nuclear Weapon-Free Zone (NEA-NWFZ): Workshop III, Nagasaki University, Tokyo September 15, 2014. I. Summary This paper attempts to define what […]

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Kim Jong Un’s Nuclear Doctrine and Strategy: What Everyone Needs to Know

Alexandre Y. Mansourov, Ph.D. Senior Associate of Nautilus Institute North Korea has a small operational nuclear weapons program and a robust ballistic missile development program. The North conducted three small yield nuclear tests to prove its research and development results, improving the reliability of its designs and learning to further miniaturize its nuclear warheads for […]

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Japan’s Radical Energy Technocrats: Structural Reform Through Smart Communities, the Feed-in Tariff and Japanese-Style “Stadtwerke”

Japan’s Radical Energy Technocrats: Structural Reform Through Smart Communities, the Feed-in Tariff and Japanese-Style “Stadtwerke” ラジカルな日本の技術官僚 スマートコミュニティ、固定価格買い取り制度(FiT)、日本式 Stadtwerke (地元のエネルギー供給公社)を通じて構造改革   Andrew DeWit Originally published in The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol. 12, Issue 47, No. 2, December 1, 2014. Japan’s December 14 general election is essentially a rigged referendum on Abenomics. Despite the dismal economic news, team Abe […]

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Energy Security Concepts for Sustainable Development in Northeast Asia

David F. von Hippel 18 March 2014 Nautilus Institute This paper was prepared with support from the Hanyang University Energy Security and Governance (EGS) Center as EGS Working Paper Number 2014-06, available as  http://www.egskorea.org/common/download.asp?downfile=Working_Paper_2014_60.pdf&path=board The Center for Energy Governance & Security was started in 2012 with a major grant from the Korean Ministry of Education. Located at Hanyang […]

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