CCC-PASCC Research in Progress Ripsheets

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  • Publication
    Projecting the Future World of Illicit Nuclear Trade and Developing Countermeasures
    (Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School, 2012) Center on Contemporary Conflict; Center on Contemporary Conflict (CCC); Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS)
    The objective of the project is to produce a monograph evaluating the world of illicit nuclear trade 5-10 years from now. The project will advance this body of knowledge and improve the chances of detecting covert nuclear programs, potentially delaying the development of nuclear programs of proliferant states, and providing more time for counter-WMD activities to succeed.
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    2012 U.S. and Brazilian Perspectives on Global and Regional Security
    (Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School, 2012-05) Center on Contemporary Conflict; Center on Contemporary Conflict (CCC); Center on Contemporary Conflict; Performer: NPS
    The dialogue will discuss ways in which to diminish the threat of weapons of mass destruction, promote international non-proliferation, and address regional security in the Americas by informing the decision-making of defense and diplomatic policymakers in both countries. The two-day event will be held in Brasilia, Brazil, and will bring together approximately 15 academics, former military officers, former defense officials, and former diplomats that specialize in international security, US-Brazil relations, global non-proliferation, and nuclear issues.
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    U.S. Engagement in the Humanitarian Consequences of Nuclear Weapons Debate
    (Monterey, California: Naval Postgraduate School, 2016-10) Center on Contemporary Conflict; Sagan, Scott; Center on Contemporary Conflict (CCC)
    This research project seeks to encourage more extensive public understanding of and more effective U.S. engagement in debates about the humanitarian consequences of the use of nuclear weapons. There is a vibrant international debate about whether the use of a nuclear weapon could ever be legal under international humanitarian law as well as how to mitigate the environmental effects of nuclear weapons production and use. However, the U.S. public is largely unaware of this international debate. Thus, this project will investigate the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons in order to improve the engagement and interactions of the U.S. public and the government with international organizations and movements concerned with the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons.
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    Baltic States and Poland Track 2 Deterrence and Strategic Stability Dialogue and Study
    (Monterey, California: Naval Postgraduate School, 2015-05) Center on Contemporary Conflict; Sanok-Kostro, Stephanie; Center on Contemporary Conflict (CCC)
    Objective: New questions arise daily concerning overall NATO alliance cohesion and commitment in the face of Russian aggression. Understanding how deterrence and crisis stability operate within conflict and how crisis actions may affect overall strategic stability is vital to efforts to prevent or de-escalate future tensions, particularly in NATO frontline states. CSIS will examine deterrence challenges that face frontline states on NATO’s eastern border with Russia and the implications of military posture and security matters in that geography for overall strategic stability between the United States/NATO and Russia. This project will bring together U.S., Polish, and Baltic experts to review and discuss topics such as forwarddeployed, non-strategic nuclear weapons, “gray zone” conflicts, and the importance of energy and economic markets to crisis stability. This project will provide scholars with new knowledge on emerging deterrence challenges faced in light of the Ukrainian crisis.
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    Space and Nuclear Deterrence
    (Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School, 2012) Center on Contemporary Conflict; Center on Contemporary Conflict (CCC); Stimson Center
    The Stimson Center will lead an in-depth assessment comparing and contrasting space and nuclear deterrence. This project will enlist the participation of top-flight thinkers who have worked on space and deterrence issues within and outside of government, in think tanks, academia, and in military service. Stimson, a thought leader on space policy issues, will convene Distinguished Advisory Group of leading analysts in the field to help produce practical and policy-relevant analysis.
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    Assurance of U.S. Allies
    (Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School, 2013) Center on Contemporary Conflict; Center on Contemporary Conflict (CCC); CSIS Pacific Forum
    Japan and South Korea_s (ROK) concerns about the reliability of the U.S. deterrent are increased by Chinese nuclear modernization and the North Korea nuclear weapons development program. As the United States embraces defense realignment and moves to reduce its nuclear stockpile, Japanese and South Korean thinking about extended deterrence is profoundly affected. It is increasingly important for the United States to assure its alliance partners on the long-term role the United States intends to play in the region during a fiscally constrained time. The project objective is to provide a better understanding of allied thinking about the U.S. extended deterrent, the positions of Japan and the ROK, and joint policy on shared responsibilities. The project will also address each country_s specific questions surrounding U.S. extended deterrence and harmonize allied approaches to perceived WMD/WME threats emanating from elsewhere in the region. Initial reassurance and trilateral cooperation is important to deal with the North Korean contingency.
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    U.S.-China Strategic Dialogue
    (Monterey, California: Naval Postgraduate School, 2014) Center on Contemporary Conflict; Center on Contemporary Conflict (CCC)
    Objective: A significant weakness in U.S.-China deliberations is the sporadic nature of official dialogue on nuclear weapons and orelated strategic issues. While there is no substitute for official Track 1 dialogue, less official settings promote cooperation and transparency while increasing mutual understanding on sensitive issues in nonproliferation and nuclear security.
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    The Near-Miss Case of Taiwan’s Historical Nuclear Proliferation: Countering Proliferation via Diplomacy, Intelligence, and Verification
    (Monterey, California: Naval Postgraduate School, 2016-10) Center on Contemporary Conflict; Albright, David; Center on Contemporary Conflict (CCC)
    Taiwan’s covert push during the 1990s toward developing nuclear weapons is an important, but relatively unknown, near-miss case of historical nuclear weapons proliferation that was thwarted by strong diplomacy, intelligence gathering, and international verification. The Taiwan case is relatively unknown and its lessons are unexplored except in a very few published writings, none of which have had access to the collection of documents and materials that ISIS has. This project will contribute to scholarship on Taiwanese history and the dynamics of nuclear proliferation by making public a large body of significant, currently unpublished historical documents and data related to the Taiwan case. The project will investigate the historical case of Taiwan’s efforts at producing nuclear weapons in order to utilize time-sensitive sources to build a thoroughly documented case history for future scholars, as well as to develop a more comprehensive understanding of the motivations and constraints affecting countries’ pursuit of nuclear weapons.
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    Strengthening Strategic Stability in Central and Eastern Europe
    (Monterey, California: Naval Postgraduate School, 2016-10) Mitchell, A. Wess; Center on Contemporary Conflict; Center on Contemporary Conflict (CCC)
    The project investigates the interplay between new Russian warfare techniques and emerging counter-strategies of frontline Central and Eastern European (CEE) states in order to fulfill two objectives: (1) to organize and disseminate expert assessments of under-studied CEE security dynamics in the context of the emerging Russian threat in the region and explain what it means for regional and global strategic security; and (2) to stimulate public awareness and understanding of the implications of the erosion of U.S. extended deterrence and how emerging CEE deterrence strategies could counter new threats and support extended deterrence.
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    Rationality, Culture, and Deterrence
    (Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School, 2012-03) Center on Contemporary Conflict; Center on Contemporary Conflict (CCC); Center on Contemporary Conflict; Performer: NPS
    The project lead will explore alternative frameworks for understanding what drives the foreign policy decisions of states. The research will seek to identify and integrate different bodies of relevant existing scholarship and to assess the implications for deterrence planning and operations.