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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SECURITY AT EXTREME SCALES

ERIC GROSSE MAY 30, 2019 I.  INTRODUCTION   In this paper, Eric Grosse argues: “Much of the security progress over the past decade has been at large-scale, finding and patching vulnerabilities in widely used applications or defending networks of millions of machines containing high-value data.  The lessons there may help military systems, but for the […]

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METHODS FOR REFINING ESTIMATES OF CUMULATIVE DPRK URANIUM PRODUCTION

DAVID VON HIPPEL May 27, 2019   I.  INTRODUCTION In this report, David von Hippel “provides a demonstration of the potential impact of remote sensing methods and testing in the DPRK in reducing uncertainties in cumulative historical uranium production, and thus in fissile materials inventories; and, offers conclusions, resulting from the potential impacts of uncertainty […]

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U.S. NUCLEAR COMMAND AND CONTROL FOR THE 21ST CENTURY

JOHN R. HARVEY MAY 24, 2019 I.  INTRODUCTION   In this essay, John Harvey asserts that the US NC3 system “must seek vastly improved senior leader conferencing capabilities to support decisions that go beyond what some of us call the Cold War’s “multiple choice test”—that is, which major attack option to execute.  To support consultations […]

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VERIFICATION OF DPRK NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT: THE PROS AND CONS OF NON-NUCLEAR-WEAPON STATES (SPECIFICALLY, THE ROK) PARTICIPATING IN THIS VERIFICATION PROGRAM

JOHN CARLSON MAY 19 2019 I.  INTRODUCTION   In this essay, John Carlson argues how a non-nuclear weapons state like the ROK may be involved in verification of nuclear disarmament by the DPRK in a manner consistent with non-proliferation principles. John Carlson was director general of the Australian Safeguards and Nonproliferation Office. He was appointed […]

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NC3 IN A MULTIPOLAR NUCLEAR WORLD: BIG STRUCTURES AND LARGE PROCESSES

PAUL BRACKEN MAY 14, 2019   I.   INTRODUCTION   In this essay, Paul Bracken analyzes the big structures and large processes of nuclear multipolarity.  The structures include the national command and control of at least eighteen countries, to include nine nuclear weapon states, “shared” weapons in NATO, missile defense, and key intelligence nodes in select […]

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DATA AND MODELING REQUIREMENTS FOR ELECTRICITY GRID INTERCONNECTIONS

JAY GIRI MAY 9, 2019  I. INTRODUCTION In this essay, Jay Giri “describes real-time grid management, control center EMS functions and inter-utility data exchange. It also describes the benefits and challenges of inter-utility grid management and examples of international utilities working together. It specifically addresses modeling requirements for international inter-utility operation. Finally, it describes an innovative […]

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SYNTHESIS REPORT–NC3 SYSTEMS AND STRATEGIC STABILITY: A GLOBAL OVERVIEW

PETER HAYES, BINOY KAMPMARK, PHILIP REINER, DEBORAH GORDON MAY 5 2019   I.   INTRODUCTION This essay is the Synthesis Report of a workshop of fifty NC3 experts held at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University on January 22 to 23, 2019.  Nine states have nuclear weapons and fourteen states have nuclear command, control, and communications […]

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REDUCING NUCLEAR DANGERS ON THE KOREAN PENINSULA:  BILATERAL VERSUS MULTILATERAL APPROACHES

THOMAS GRAHAM APRIL 8 2019   I.  INTRODUCTION In this essay, Thomas Graham concludes: “As the two Koreas and the great powers, especially the United States, consider their options of the best political and legal framework in which to realize a nuclear-free Korean peninsula, it is prudent to note the strengths and weaknesses of the […]

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RECENT ACTIVITIES IN THE DPRK MINERALS SECTOR

EDWARD YOON APRIL 3, 2019   I.  INTRODUCTION In this essay, Edward Yoon describes DPRK’s mineral resources with a special focus on the coal mining and iron ore industries, and their exports to China, focusing on where minerals are found and how they might be developed with financial input by overseas investors, and addresses the […]

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DPRK INVESTMENTS IN COAL GASIFICATION DRIVEN BY LONG-RUN JUCHE AND AND SANCTIONS PROOFING

DAVID VON HIPPEL AND PETER HAYES FEBRUARY 6, 2019 I.  INTRODUCTION   In this essay, David von Hippel and …

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