APLN activities

WMD Projects

  • Dec 1, 2020

WMD Project

In December 2020, the APLN will be hosting a closed-door, high level international online workshop on weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in the AsiaPacific. Participants include senior APLN members, experts, and policy practitioners who have produced policy papers which assess an array of regional security issues including proliferation challenges and flash points in the Asia Pacific, DPRK denuclearization, missile and space weapons proliferation, the Indo-Pakistan nuclear confrontation, extended nuclear deterrence, risk reduction, non proliferation and disarmament strategies in Asia-Pacific. 

The expert analysis and recommendations generated from this workshop will be published in a book in spring 2021 with an overview of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in the Asia Pacific region, spanning from Central and South Asia to East and Northeast Asia. This will be used to educate policymakers and publics on the risks posed by various WMD, and the urgent need to create enduring frameworks to minimize these risks and manage the vulnerability of target populations to the effects of WMD should they be used—with particular reference to intra regional strategies and cooperation, and risk reduction measures. 

The project goal is to produce a systematic account of WMD that currently does not exist for reference and educational purposes; 

and ensure that key policymakers and influential publics have access to this account in a highly usable and accessible way.


Project Staff
Research Director, Dr Peter Hayes
Deputy Director, Dr Eun-ha Kwon
Research Fellow, Samuel Gardner