January 19, 2000

The Northeast Asia Peace and Security Network (NAPSNet) is a transnational information network that aims to provide a forum to exchange analyses, explore ideas and promote dialogue on issues of peace, security and nuclear non-proliferation in Northeast Asia. NAPSNet brings together a variety of interested individuals and organizations throughout the world.

NAPSNet includes a number of resources and services, including:

  • Daily Reports, which provide summaries of news items from Monday-Friday every week
  • Special Reports, offering primary documentation and analyses to supplement the Daily Report
  • NAPSNet Archive, a repository for previously issued Daily Reports and Special Reports, as well as other articles, speeches, and useful documents
  • Policy Forum Online, in which experts give opinion and analysis on vital issues, and solicit feedback from readers
  • NAPSNet Profile Directory, which provides biographical and contact information for NAPSNet participants who wish to be included

    All NAPSNet materials are available online, and are also distributed free via email to network members. To become a NAPSNet member, simply visit the Nautilus automated sign-up page. If you have any further questions, send email to

    More Details About NAPSNet

    NAPSNet was launched in November 1993 to provide a means for immediate and wide-ranging communication during the Korean Peninsula security crisis then at hand. The network has since developed into a transnational, nongovernmental community of non-proliferation specialists, regional security experts, and nongovernmental organizations from Northeast Asia and North America. NAPSNet enables its participants to explore ideas and exchange views on security and nuclear non-proliferation in the region.

    NAPSNet provides our electronic mail participants with a Daily Report comprising news summaries and analyses of peace and security issues in Northeast Asia. The report includes contributions from writers in six countries, including the US (Nautilus Institute), Republic of Korea (International Policy Studies Institute), People's Republic of China (Center for American Studies, Fudan University), Japan (Center for Global Communications), Russia (Institute of Contemporary International Problems, Russian Diplomatic Academy) and Australia (Asia Institute, Monash University). The Daily Report is produced each weekday; text versions are distributed free via email to all NAPSNet members, and html versions are posted on the Nautilus Institute web site (for links, visit the NAPSNet Daily Report page). NAPSNet also produces occasional Special Reports to give more expanded treatment to particularly relevant items of news and analysis. In addition, the NAPSNet Archive includes all previously issued Daily Reports, all occasionally issued Special Reports, and a variety of other resources, including papers from scholars around the world commissioned especially for NAPSNet.

    NAPSNet materials deal with numerous critical issues related to the implementation of the 1994 Agreed Framework between the United States and the DPRK, with a particular focus on the construction of light water reactors in North Korea. Materials also cover North Korean decision making and the nuclear issue, the impact of sanctions and of military escalation of the North Korean nuclear impasse, regional nuclear forces of great powers, and options for regional non-nuclear institutions.

    NAPSNet is advised by a group of international experts based in the United States, Europe, Japan, China, South Korea, and North Korea.

    Project Partners

    * Focus on the Global South Announcements and reports dealing with developmental policy research and practice, especially regional and global policy analysis, and micro-macro issues linking.

    * GLOCOM Center for Global Communications, Tokyo, Japan

    * International Policy Studies Institute, Seoul, Republic of Korea

    * Center for American Studies Fudan University, Shanghai, People's Republic of China

    * Monterey Institute Center for Nonproliferation Studies Covers nonproliferation issues, especially those related to the former USSR. Monitors nonproliferation of nuclear and conventional arms. Includes a database of nuclear and missile proliferation.

    * Global Beat: Resource Center for the Global Journalist Reports on international issues such as human rights, nuclear weapons, and regional security.

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