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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MONGOLIA’S PERSPECTIVE ON ONGOING AND FUTURE REGIONAL ENERGY INTERCONNECTIONS

TOVUUDORJ PUREVJAV SEPTEMBER 11, 2020    I.  INTRODUCTION In this Special Report, Tovuudorj summarizes the status of Mongolia’s energy resources and electricity and heat production sectors, then describes existing energy policies in Mongolia with a particular emphasis on policies related to international energy infrastructure interconnections between Mongolia and the other nations of Northeast Asia. Mongolia’s […]

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ENERGY SECTOR CURRENT STATUS, RECENT DEVELOPMENTS AND ENERGY POLICIES IN MONGOLIA

OYUNCHIMEG CH., TUYA N., ZORIGT D., SUKHBAATAR TS., BAYARKHUU CH. SEPTEMBER 8, 2020   I.  INTRODUCTION In this Special Report, Oyunchimeg, Tuya, Zorigt, Sukhbaatar and Bayarkhuu describe the current status and recent trends and challenges in Mongolia’s energy sector, and describe projections by other groups of Mongolia’s energy future with respect to both meeting its […]

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UPDATED ESTIMATES OF REFINED PRODUCT SUPPLY AND DEMAND IN THE DPRK, 2010 – 2020

 DAVID VON HIPPEL AND PETER HAYES SEPTEMBER 2, 2020    I.  INTRODUCTION In this Special Report, David von Hippel and Peter Hayes provide an update to their estimates, originally published in June 2019, of DPRK supply of and demand for petroleum products in recent years.  Demand (and thus balancing supply) for key oil products in […]

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ENERGY SECTOR CURRENT STATUS, RECENT CHANGES, AND ENERGY POLICIES IN THE RUSSIAN FAR EAST (RFE)

OLGA DYOMINA AND ALEXANDER IZHBULDIN AUGUST 28, 2020 I. INTRODUCTION In this Special Report, Olga Dyomina and Alexander Izhbuldin describe the current status and recent trends in energy supply and demand in the Russian Far East (RFE).  RFE energy policies are considered, and current and planned projects for exporting energy resources to the countries of […]

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ESTIMATE OF OIL STORAGE CAPACITY IN THE DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF KOREA

DAVID VON HIPPEL, PETER HAYES, AND LIAM TASA AUGUST 25, 2020 I.  INTRODUCTION   In this Special Report, David von Hippel, Peter Hayes, and Liam Tasa describe an estimate of oil storage volumes in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.  DPRK oil storage volumes are of interest to the international community for a number of […]

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SECURITY THROUGH SIMPLICITY PODCAST

ERIC GROSSE JULY 7 2020    I. INTRODUCTION In the podcast “Security Through Simplicity,” Eric Grosse, former Vice President of Security and Privacy Engineering at Google, explains the technical cryptographic choices for CATALINK “a system strong enough to resist well-resourced adversaries, yet simple enough to be reviewed and adopted by skeptical international competitors.” This podcast […]

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THE AES PROJECT: ANY LESSONS FOR NC3?

THOMAS A. BERSON JUNE 23, 2020 I.  INTRODUCTION In this report, Tom Berson details how lessons from the Advanced Encryption Standard Competition can aid the development of international NC3 components and even be mirrored in the creation of a CATALINK community. Tom Berson is a cryptologist and founder of Anagram Laboratories.  Contact: berson@anagram.com This paper […]

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HARDWARE THAT IS LESS UNTRUSTED: OPEN-SOURCE DOWN TO THE SILICON

RON MINNICH JUNE 9, 2020   I.  INTRODUCTION In this essay, Ron Minnich argues:  “We cannot build on a foundation that is compromised at all levels. There is no visibility into the system’s behavior. The existing model assumes perfect software: ‘Trust, but don’t verify.’ We need to start anew, from the gates, and work our […]

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COMMUNICATION DISRUPTION ATTACKS ON NC3

PAUL BRACKEN MAY 28, 2020      I.  INTRODUCTION In this essay, Paul Bracken argues “in a nuclear world we should be careful about attacking enemy communications because doing so leads to greater risks of uncontrolled escalation. The worst possible situation is the one the United States is now in, that is, to not be […]

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LAST CHANCE:  COMMUNICATING AT THE NUCLEAR BRINK, SCENARIOS AND SOLUTIONS WORKSHOP, SYNTHESIS REPORT

NAUTILUS INSTITUTE, STANLEY CENTER FOR PEACE AND SECURITY, AND TECHNOLOGY FOR GLOBAL SECURITY MAY 23 2020   I.   INTRODUCTION In this study, the authors describe CATALINK, a novel “hotline” system, to enable secure and verifiable communications between leaders during nuclear crises and other high-stakes scenarios. This unique, resilient system is designed for “radical simplicity” from […]

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