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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COVID 19 AND LABOR DEMAND, MIGRATION, AND MILITARY FORCE STRUCTURE IMPLICATIONS IN EAST ASIA

BRIAN NICHIPORUK OCTOBER 28, 2020 I.  INTRODUCTION In this essay, Brian Nichiporuk suggests that Covid19’s impact on demography and labor demand “could significantly affect nuclear weapons security protocols in the region, the manpower and personnel policies of certain militaries, and the frequency, scope, and size of major exercises.” The essay may be downloaded in PDF […]

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ASIA-PACIFIC PERSPECTIVE ON BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS AND NUCLEAR DETERRENCE IN THE PANDEMIC ERA

RICHARD PILCH AND MILES POMPER OCTOBER 27, 2020  I.  INTRODUCTION   In this essay, Richard Pilch and Miles Pomper explore potential intersections of biological and nuclear weapons in the pandemic context including bioweapons threats in Asia-Pacific, control options, and nuclear deterrence and escalation in the context of both natural and deliberate biological events. The essay […]

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AN ALTERNATIVE TO NUCLEAR DEADLOCK AND STALLED DIPLOMACY – PROPOSALS, PATHWAYS, AND PROSPECTS FOR THE NORTHEAST ASIA NUCLEAR WEAPON FREE ZONE

MICHAEL HAMEL-GREEN OCTOBER 20, 2020   I. INTRODUCTION In this essay, Michael Hamel-Green proposes that an alternative to continuing nuclear escalation, and the increasing threat of a nuclear catastrophe, does exist in the shape of a phased establishment of a regional Northeast Asian Nuclear Weapon Free Zone (NWFZ) negotiated in tandem with a regional comprehensive […]

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EXTENDED DETERRENCE AND EXTENDED NUCLEAR DETERRENCE IN A PANDEMIC WORLD

ALLAN BEHM OCTOBER 16, 2020   I. INTRODUCTION In this essay, Allan Behm argues that: “In recent decades, the credibility of extended deterrence, including extended nuclear deterrence, has continued to decline. The fragility of the deterrence doctrine was already evident before the appearance of the coronavirus. But President Trump’s mercurial approach to the coronavirus pandemic […]

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PANDEMICS

C G NICHOLAS MASCIE-TAYLOR AND KASUHIKO MOJI OCTOBER 12, 2020   I. INTRODUCTION In this essay, Nick Mascie-Taylor and Kazuhiko Moji explain the lessons learnt from the covid-19 pandemic include acting quickly, extensive testing, digital surveillance, public trust in government and leaders and cooperation between nations. The essay may be downloaded in PDF format here Nick […]

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NAGASAKI’S VOICE: 75 YEARS’ EXPERIENCE

MASAO TOMONAGA OCTOBER 9 2020   I.  INTRODUCTION In this essay, Masao Tomonaga concludes that: “Even now in 2020 hibakusha continue to suffer atomic bomb radiation- induced cancers and leukemia. This life-long health consequence prove genuine inhumane nature of nuclear weapons. We must challenge a new stage of nuclear abolition under dangerous divide between NPT […]

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THE EUROPEAN INTERCONNECTED NETWORK: CASE STUDY OF INSTITUTIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR A SUCCESSFUL INTERNATIONAL GRID INTERCONNECTION

NISHEETH SINGH OCTOBER 5, 2020   I. INTRODUCTION In this Special Report, Nisheeth Singh presents a case study of the European interconnected electricity grid network, including its origins, organization, current status, governing institutions and principles, and data exchanges between partners that allow the network and associated power markets that allow the network to function smoothly, […]

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RUSSIA’S PERSPECTIVE ON NORTHEAST ASIA ELECTRICITY INTERCONNECTIONS

VALENTIN VOLOSHCHAK OCTOBER 2, 2020 I.  INTRODUCTION In this Special Report, Valentin Voloshchak reviews Russian economic policy as it pertains to electricity sector interconnections in Northeast Asia, including a review of previous discussions of grid interconnections in the region, potential future relationships among grid interconnection participants, and challenges related to grid interconnection from a Russian […]

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DATA AND MODELING EXCHANGE REQUIREMENTS FOR DESIGN AND OPERATION OF ELECTRICITY GRID INTERCONNECTION

JAY GIRI SEPTEMBER 29, 2020   I.  INTRODUCTION In this Special Report, Jay Giri describes the technical aspects of integrating electrical grids across utility and national boundaries, including the data exchanges required between the utilities and transmission companies that operate the elements of the integrated grids.  Some of the potential short- and longer-term impacts of […]

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THE U.S. ELECTION AND NUCLEAR ORDER IN THE POST-PANDEMIC WORLD

LEON V. SIGAL SEPTEMBER 29 2020   I.  INTRODUCTION In this essay, Leon Sigal concludes that “Absent popular action…positive change to the global nuclear order will continue to be marginal and fitful. This makes the international milieu critical for the nuclear future – a milieu that a president can influence but not determine.” The essay […]

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