CITIES, SOCIAL MEDIA, AND PREPAREDNESS FOR MAJOR THREATS

SUNIL DUBEY NOVEMBER 15, 2018  I.  INTRODUCTION In this essay, Sunil Dubey notes that by 2030, over 65% of total world population will live in cities.  Cities confront the rising influence and penetration of social media platforms on all aspects of urban life.  Although this virtual urban life makes cities smarter, more efficient, and more sustainable in many […]

OF VIRALITY AND VIRUSES:  THE ANTI-VACCINE MOVEMENT AND SOCIAL MEDIA

RENÉE DIRESTA NOVEMBER 8 2018  I.  INTRODUCTION   In this essay, Renée DiResta argues that a confluence of three factors – mass consolidation of audiences onto a handful of social networks; the adoption of curatorial algorithms as a primary means of disseminating and engaging with content; and the ease of precision targeting of users via the leveraging of proprietary […]

DPRK IMPORTS OF GENERATORS IN RECENT YEARS: AN INDICATION OF GROWING CONSUMER CHOICE AND INFLUENCE ON ENERGY SUPPLY DECISIONS?

DAVID VON HIPPEL AND PETER HAYES NOVEMBER 2, 2018  I.  INTRODUCTION In this Special Report, the authors find that  “the data on generator imports …reinforces a picture of a DPRK in which a more vibrant, modernizing, increasingly (at least functionally) market-based economy is providing households, business, and institutions with the wherewithal to invest in both […]

THE ONLINE TARGETING OF JOURNALISTS WITH ANTI-SEMITIC INTIMIDATION

BRITTAN HELLER OCTOBER 25, 2018  I.  INTRODUCTION   In this essay, Brittan Heller argues that an examination of online anti-Semitic attacks of journalists on Twitter, leading up to the 2016 U.S. presidential election, was one of the first indicators of the deliberate targeting of minority groups on social media. Examining this incident, with the benefit of hindsight, […]

DPRK RAILROAD AND SHIPPING SECTOR IMPORTS AND EXPORTS FROM AND TO CHINA AND OTHER NATIONS, 2000-2017:  IMPLICATIONS FOR THE STATUS OF THE RAIL AND SHIPPING SUB-SECTORS IN THE DPRK ENERGY ECONOMY

DAVID VON HIPPEL AND PETER HAYES SEPTEMBER 5, 2018   I.  INTRODUCTION In this Special Report, the authors find that overall, “the DPRK has increased purchases of in many rail and ship HS categories in the last seven or so years, relative to 2000 through 2009, but the aggregate value of these purchases is much […]

DPRK MOTOR VEHICLE IMPORTS FROM CHINA, 2000-2017:  IMPLICATIONS FOR DPRK ENERGY ECONOMY

DAVID VON HIPPEL AND PETER HAYES AUGUST 23 2018 I. INTRODUCTION   In this Special Report, the authors find that DPRK-China trade statistics show that the DPRK transportation sector “is becoming more modern, mechanized, and, significantly, more dependent on motor fuels than in previous decades.” David von Hippel is Nautilus Institute Senior Associate.  Peter Hayes […]

FROM ENEMIES TO SECURITY PARTNERS: PATHWAYS TO DENUCLEARIZATION IN KOREA

MORTON HALPERIN, PETER HAYES, THOMAS PICKERING, LEON SIGAL, PHILIP YUN JULY 6 2018 I.  INTRODUCTION   In this essay, the authors examine the pros and cons of shifting from enmity to a security partnership with the DPRK in which US Forces Korea might play “a pivot-deterrent role between the two Koreas as well as a stabilizing […]

ENERGY ENGAGEMENT OPTIONS TO SUPPORT A KOREAN PENINSULA DENUCLEARIZATION DEAL

DAVID VON HIPPEL AND PETER HAYES May 28, 2018 I.  INTRODUCTION   In this essay, the authors outline “an array of possible energy sector assistance projects that might be implemented as part of an overarching agreement with the DPRK to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.   Most of these options have elements that can be implemented in […]

OFF THE BEACH: UNDERWATER WARFARE IN THE 21ST CENTURY

PETER HAYES APRIL 24, 2018   I.  INTRODUCTION In this essay, Peter Hayes describes how below  the vast waters of Asia, new weapons of war and the methods of thwarting them are proliferating. Advances in submarines by the world’s great navies are being joined by an increasing number of states in the region that are […]