Update on the leadership of APLN
There has been a fundamental change of the APLN leadership since September, 2019. The old system of co-conveners (Ramesh Tahkur and Chung-in Moon) was dissolved and a new leadership structure was introduced as in the following:
- Chairman of APLN: Gareth Evans (original APLN convener, Chancellor of Australian National University and Former Foreign Minister of Australia)
- Vice-Chairman and Executive Director: Chung-in Moon (Special Advisor to the ROK President for National Security and Foreign Affairs and Distinguished University Professor, Yonsei University)
- Director of Research: Peter Hayes (The Nautilus)
- Board of Directors: Mely Caballero Anthony (Head of the Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies, the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore), Des Brown (Member of UK Parliament and Vice-Chair of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, UK ), Sung-hwan Kim (Former ROK Foreign Minister), Manpreet Sethi (Senior Fellow, Center for Air Power Studies, India), Tatsujiro Suzuki (Director and Professor of Research Center for Nuclear Weapons Abolition, Nagasaki University, Japan), Ramesh Thakur (Director of the Centre for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament, ANU), Nyamosor Tuya (Former Minister for External Relations, Mongolia) and Tong Zhao (Associate, Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy, China).
Under the new leadership of Chairman Gareth Evans, APLN has undertaken several important administrative measures. First, APLN has been established as a non-profit legal entity in the Republic of Korea. With the license for the non-profit status from the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and the certified copy of the register from the registry office of the Seoul District Court, APLN is a perfectly legal entity, eligible to apply for both governmental and non-governmental research funds. It can also undertake joint research with other Korean entities.
Second, APLN has now established a firm leadership under Gareth Evans. Chung-in Moon, as Vice-Chair and Executive Director, is assisting Chairman and conducts a daily operation of APLN. Peter Hayes, the founder of Nautilus, is also working as Director of Research. The board of directors, which is newly established, combines both eminent and expert persons and is balanced in functional orientation, gender, and geographic diversification.
Finally, APLN is trying to recruit new members of APLN, especially from functional experts and planning to recruit and activate young leadership members from the region.