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

Assessing North Korea’s Nuclear Weapons Capability

by Lee Chun-keun 11 May 2015 For the Korean language version of this report click here. I. Introduction Lee Chun-keun writes that ‘North Korea, after decades of effort in its nuclear endeavor, has managed to develop its nuclear program using homegrown resources.’ He states that while North Korea’s ‘nuclear weapons program…lacks parts, resources and technology to […]

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동북아 핵안전 보장: 동북아 핵안전 장치에 대한 한국의 제안

박윤원 5 May 2015 English version (영어 버전) here http://www.kdjlibrary.org/ 요약 박윤원 교수는 한국, 중국, 일본에게 주어진 핵에너지 사용의 불가…

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Securing Nuclear Safety in Northeast Asia: ROK Proposal on Northeast Asia Nuclear Safety Mechanism

by Park Younwon 5 May 2015 For the Korean language version of this report click here. I. Introduction Professor Park Younwon writes that given their ‘inevitable expansion of nuclear energy use’, Japan, Korea and China ‘ultimately share a common fate in terms of nuclear power, which is why the need for cooperation remains large. But other […]

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Nuclear terrorism risks in Northeast Asia: Japan’s reactor restart and spent fuel

NAPSNet Special Report by Peter Hayes 23 March 2015 I. SUMMARY In this report Peter Hayes examines the risk of nuclear terrorism in Northeast Asia with particular reference to Japan. He states that Japan is no more immune to nuclear terrorism than it was to a catastrophic reactor accident. In this context, the combination of […]

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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 neith…

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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 Millennials 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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