The KPAC is a platform developed to collect and communicate to the public open-source information and analysis regarding nuclear risks on the Korean Peninsula.
The purpose of the KPAC is two-fold:
In the Monitor section of the KPAC (available only to ONN analysts at the current time), relevant news sources are automatically collected for review. ONN analysts review all the new items and decide if they are relevant, and for which nuclear risk area they are relevant. The relevant items are then saved in the Library, where they are made available to the public via the Nuclear Risk Levels dashboard.
The Nuclear Risk Levels dashboard shows the 15 areas that impact the risk of nuclear use on the Korean Peninsula. It is here that the public can see the curated news items and assessed level of risk for each area. By clicking on each risk area, the user can see a brief summary of how ONN assesses that Nuclear Risk Level, and how that level has changed over time.
Parallel to the dashboard, and also publicly available, is the Knowledge Base. This is a repository of relevant information for assessing nuclear risks on the Korean Peninsula. Here the user can find accurate and reliable information ONN has produced on Korean Peninsula political issues, nuclear and military programmes on the peninsula, and on open-source analytical methods.
The third and final pillar of KPAC is the Sanctions Database. Here the user will find a repository of all DPRK-related sanctions legislation. The database classifies these sanctions by the reasons (objectives behind the sanctions), types, and sectors.
The KPAC helps reduce the risk of nuclear weapon use on the Korean Peninsula by: sharing accurate and reliable open-source information to balance out information asymmetry and counter dis- and mis-information; detailing different types and sectors of sanctions to provide systemic understanding of the interplay of sanctions policies; and collating different information and analysis sources into one, easy-to-use location to help decision makers make sound judgements.
There are three levels of audience for the KPAC:
The ONN Analyst Team is continuously working to upgrade and streamline the user experience to make the KPAC easier to use and more impactful. The Team is currently working to bring in more directly relevant information and expand and further automate the Knowledge Base.
In the longer-term, as ONN expands its areas of focus, follow-on systems that mirror the KPAC for more regions will be developed and made publicly available.
This is a continuously evolving platform, so please keep checking back to see updates, additional features, and newly added information and analyses. And we love hearing from users, so please send us your feedback and suggestions for improvement!
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