The Asia-Pacific Leadership Network for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (APLN) has over one hundred members from eighteen countries across Asia and the Pacific, consisting of former political, diplomatic and military leaders, senior government officials, and scholars and opinion leaders. APLN aims to inform and energize public opinion, especially high-level policymakers, to take seriously the very real threats posed by nuclear weapons, and to do everything possible to achieve a world in which they are contained, diminished and eventually eliminated.



Lt Gen Amit Sharma is a former Commander in Chief of India's Strategic Forces Command. He is presently a Fellow in the Office of The Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India.

Lt Gen Amit Sharma served in the Indian Army for forty years. His last appointment was the Commander in Chief, Strategic Forces Command (India's Nuclear Forces).  He has commanded a prestigious strike corps, an infantry division and an armoured brigade and has served in conflict zones in India's western and north-eastern regions. In addition to being an expert on nuclear policy, he has immense experience in defence diplomacy & international relations, having served as the Indian Defence Attaché in France, also responsible for Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg. He has also been part of peace negotiations between the Indian & Chinese Armies at the Line of Actual Control. Lt Gen Amit Sharma was awarded the Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal and the Vishisht Seva Medal, the former two by the President of India for distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

He is currently a Fellow at the office of the Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India, a Distinguished Fellow at the United Services Institute, India and the President of the Indian Cavalry Association.

Lt Gen Amit Sharma is a regular speaker in national and international forums on Nuclear Issues, Geo Strategy and International Relations. An alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Defence Services Staff College and Army War College, he has a Masters and M Phil in Management and Defence Studies.