November 16, 2020
In an article for the The Herald, Ian Urbina revisits a murder that took place in the Indian Ocean in 2012. Beyond this specific incident, the article discusses the difficulty of making maritime crime data publically available. Jon Huggins, senior adviser to One Earth Future's Stable Seas program, shares in the article that available data includes a variety of crimes: robbers siphoning fuel, hijackings, human trafficking, piracy, but, when program officials tried to convince the groups that gathered the data to make it available to the public, Huggins said, they pushed back. Risk-management companies asked why they should share data they could sell instead. Coastal states worried it might scare away business. Flag registries were reluctant to release information that might oblige them to act, which they had little motivation or ability to do.
November 13, 2020
Katsuhisa Furukawa gives his expertise on DPRK response to the US new president and the current state of the DPRK domestic situation at a popular Japanese TV talk show.
November 11, 2020
In a recent article for the New York Times, Pulitzer Prize winning writer Andrew Higgins examines how by refusing to accept the results of last week’s U.S. election and working to delegitimize the vote, President Trump is following a similar strategy to that of dictators. Mr. Higgins article cites a recent article by One Earth Future that describes dictator behavior and what factors are typically considered when deciding to step down or not. “It is rare for dictators to step down, but when they do it is because, like Pinochet, they have a feasible alternative, such as rejoining the military, that allows them to avoid accountability for human rights abuses.”
October 27, 2020
Katsuhisa Furukawa gives his expertise on the movie “The Mole” on Miyaneya talk show, on the Japanese TV station Yomiuri.
October 25, 2020
2019 marked a series of diplomatic engagements between North Korea and South Korea as well as the US. Nonetheless, North Korea’s 75th Anniversary parade in 2020 showed off an abundance of new military hardware, including a new ICBM. In 2020, North Korea struggled with economic losses during sanctions and COVID-19 restrictions, as well as damage from multiple weather disasters. BBC World News interviews Melissa Hanham, Deputy Director of One Earth Future's Open Nuclear Network program on the way forward after the suspension of diplomatic talks and the appearance of new military capabilities on the streets of Pyongyang.
October 23, 2020
ONN Analyst Katsuhisa Furukawa provided his expertise on the movie “The Mole” during the Hiruobi Talk Show, a popular Japanese broadcast on the Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS). "The Mole" is a documentary about two ordinary men who embark on an outrageously dangerous ten-year mission to penetrate the world’s most secretive and brutal dictatorship: North Korea.
October 22, 2020
In an article for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Xu Tianran, an analyst for One Earth Future's Open Nuclear Network program focuses on the two important questions regarding the new ICBM the DPRK displayed during its parade: its practicality (survivability) and its payload options. Though the outside world cannot be sure about the survivability of such a large liquid-propellant missile, it represents an effort to deliver the heaviest possible payload while maintaining at least a certain degree of mobility. If realized, it could pose an unprecedented threat to the US homeland.
October 19, 2020
During the latest episode of the BBC's The Real Story entitled "How Dangerous is North Korea?" ONN Engagement Network members Dr. Zhao and Prof. Moon Chung-in join Melissa Hanham, Deputy Director of One Earth Future's Open Nuclear Network (ONN) programme, as well as journalist Jean Lee and Amb. Kathleen Stevens to talk about North Korea on the 75th Anniversary of the Korean Worker’s Party. They discuss the collapse of talks with the US, COVID-19, and the unveiling of new missile systems displayed by North Korea during their recent October 10th military parade. During the segment, Ms. Hanham shared her insight into what these new technologies might mean regarding DPRK's on-going nuclear capability. "They are experts at securing the materials that they need and rapidly producing the technology they want."
October 11, 2020
Deputy Director Melissa Hanham pens a piece for the BBC describing what we learned from the 75th Anniversary Parade in North Korea. Her top three takes: North Korea’s new strategic weapon is a giant ICBM, its increased payload means more trouble for US ballistic missile defense, and new heavy duty vehicles mean North Korea can launch more missiles simultaneously.
October 9, 2020
Arms Control Wonks Jeffrey Lewis and Scott Lafoy sit down with OEF's Open Nuclear Network Deputy Director Melissa Hanham to talk about the intersection of data analysis and peace. Datayo is a new software platform that allows regular folks to delve into the world of open source data analysis and contribute to a more peaceful world.