Nautilus in the News

Interviews, commentary and analysis given by staff and associates of the Nautilus Institute.

Nautilus in the News

Taiwan to phase out nuclear program by 2055, Liam Cochrane, ABC Radio Australia, 22 March 2013

The world paused for thought recently on the second year anniversary of the meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan. And despite a climate of uncertainty that followed, it appears that plans for a nuclear powered future in Asia, remain mostly on track. Taiwan, however, appears to be going against the grain, announcing plans earlier this month to phase out its nuclear program by 2055 at the latest.

So how significant it is that Taiwan has set a date to be nuclear-free?

Speaker: David Von Hippel, Senior Associate at the Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainability

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Some Chinese Are Souring on Being North Korea’s Best Friend, New York Times, 16 Feb 2013

Nautilus Institute Executive Director, Peter Hayes, offers insight into Sino-DPRK energy trade in this New York Times article. “The oil is piped from Dandong, southwest of here. China charges North Korea the highest price of any country to which it exports oil, said Peter Hayes, executive director of the Nautilus Institute, a San Francisco-based policy […]

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A Dangerous Tug of War, The Age, Richard Tanter, 14 February 2013

In this article Nautilus Associate Richard Tanter asserts that Australia must make its voice heard to help avoid a China-Japan clash.

“The idea that China and Japan are slipping towards war over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands territorial conflict is deeply shocking. How could the world’s second and third largest economies even consider the possibility of war over half a dozen uninhabitable islets? For Australians, the question is more serious still: could Australia be drawn into the absurdly dangerous conflict between its two largest trading partners on the side of Japan because of its defence agreements with Japan and because of the pull of the ANZUS alliance?”

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North Korea Nuke Test Could Test China’s Patience, Associated Press, Christopher Bodeen, 12 February 2013

Nautilus Institute Associate Roger Cavazos comments on China’s stance following North Korea’s recent nuclear test:

“China’s not ready to turn the support to North Korea switch to ‘off’ at this stage,” said Roger Cavazos, a North Korea watcher at the Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainability.

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NKorea keeping the world guessing. ABC Radio, Australia, Girish Sawlani, 8 February 2013

Nautilus Institute Executive Director, Peter Hayes ~8 minute ABC Radio (Australia) interview on North Korea’s rumored upcoming nuclear test.

…it’s all about that strategic axis, Pyongyang-Beijing axis in my view . The problem that the Chinese have is they don’t really have a strategy with the United States, a concerted strategy to corral and rein in and ultimately force the North Koreans to capitulate.

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Google boss Eric Schmidt plans to visit North Korea, according to AP report, Washington Post, Chico Harlan, 3 January 2013

“Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, a pioneer for free and open communication, is planning a trip to North Korea, an isolated police state that prohibits nearly all of its citizens from using the Internet…

The trip, analysts said, is unlikely to spawn immediate change in North Korea, whose family-run leadership prohibits outside information as a way to maintain its power…

“The day when the government decides to open the sluice and authorize the wholesale transfer of domestic websites to the national servers connected to the world-wide web, the floodgates will be swung widely open and the Internet boom is certain to unleash,” said a November 2011 report from the Nautilus Institute about technology in North Korea.

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金正日2011年12月17日去世 (North Korea: The Year in Review), Huanqiu Shibao, 12 December 2012

鹦鹉螺安全与可持续发展研究所(Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainability)发布报告称,在20至50岁的平壤用户中,约有60%使用手机,而平壤人口总数约为300万人…

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Doubts Japan’s new PM Shinzo Abe will last more than a year, Liam Cochrane, ABC Radio Australia, 17 December 2012

In this radio interview, Nautilus Associate and North Asia specialist Richard Tanter says the chances of Shinzo Abe lasting more than a year as Japan’s new prime minister is pretty low.

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Is it time to downgrade US defence? Business Spectator, Jackson Hewett, 26 September 2012

Malcolm Fraser says it is time we end our “dangerous and foolish” complicity with US military policy in the Asian region and renegotiate the ANZUS treaty.

He calls Defence Minister Stephen Smith’s assertion that joint US Australian military operations are not bases as “political spin of the worst kind”, something that Professor Richard Tanter, the Director of the Nautilus Institute for security studies agrees with.

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Japan’s LDP votes former PM Abe as leader for second time, ABC Radio Australia, Karon Snowdon, 26 September 2012

Japan’s former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe could be returned to the country’s top job before the end of this year.

Japan’s LDP votes former PM Abe as leader for second time. Mr Abe has been chosen as the new leader of the Liberal Democratic Party, which is widely expected to win the next election.

He resigned as prime minister after just one year in office before the LDP suffered a crushing loss in 2009, after more than 50 years as the ruling party in Japan.

The current government under the Democratic Party’s Yoshihiko Noda is deeply unpopular.

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