Decolonising Disarmament
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Decolonising Disarmament



16 February 2024

This week, Brooke Takala explores the pivotal role of Pacific Islanders in global nuclear disarmament efforts and Adil Sultan writes for APLN’s Korea Times column arguing the need for regional arms control approaches.

This week’s activities from our network include analysis on nuclear deterrence and the future of warfare, China’s role as a conflict mediator, India-Australia cooperation on technology, and more. 

Keeping Nuclear Memories Alive

“From the beginning, Pacific Islanders led global disarmament efforts through the lens of decolonisation that centred on Indigenous rights.”

In this essay, Brooke Takala highlights how anti-nuclear activism in the Pacific Islands is a longstanding pillar of the global disarmament movement. She emphasises that while decolonisation and independence have always been at the core of the anti-nuclear movement in the Pacific region, the anti-colonial roots of the movement are being erased as the global disarmament regime becomes increasingly centered in the West.To counter this, Takala says, we must “weave decolonial theory and history directly into the fibres” of the disarmament movement and teach it to future generations of anti-nuclear activists.

Read the essay

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All the Way from Down Here

In this video, Brooke Takala and her two boys recount the ongoing, tangible impacts they still endure today in the Marshall Islands as a result of nuclear weapons use and testing, as well as their hopes for the future.

Arms control challenges in the Asia-Pacific

In this week’s Korea Times column, Adil Sultan discusses the limitations of existing global arms control treaties, such as the NPT and the TPNW, in eliminating nuclear weapons. Instead of crafting global arms control solutions, which can be difficult to negotiate and implement, he suggests that countries in the Asia-Pacific work on creating regional arms control approaches tailored to the region’s specific needs. 

Read the Korea Times


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Future Warfare and Critical Technologies: Evolving Tactics and Strategies

Tanvi Kulkarni, APLN Policy Fellow, contributed an essay on the role of nuclear deterrence in the future of military warfare to a special volume of the ORF Global Policy journal. The volume, titled “Future Warfare and Critical Technologies: Evolving Tactics and Strategies,” was edited by APLN member Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan and Sameer Patil. 

World needs China to take up diplomatic gauntlet in Middle East

C. Uday Bhaskar, Director of the Society for Policy Studies (SPS), New Delhi, wrote for the South China Morning Post this week, arguing that China should burnish its nascent credibility as an enabling power in conflict negotiations by contributing to the global good and exploring ways to “lower the temperature” in the Middle East. 

日本の言い訳 (Japan’s Excuses) [Written in Japanese]

Akira Kawasaki, member of the Executive Committee of Peace Boat, contributed to the February issue of Nihon Hidankyo, arguing that the Japanese government should not use the non-participation of nuclear weapon states in the Nuclear Weapons Convention as an excuse for Japan not to join it. 

India-Australia cooperation on technology

Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan, Director of the Centre for Security, Strategy & Technology (CSST) at the Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi, wrote for ASPI’s The Strategist about potential areas for technological cooperation between India and Australia. 

A Potential War Looms Over the Korean Peninsula

Rajaram Panda, former Senior Fellow at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi, wrote about North Korea’s increasingly provocative actions on the world stage and what it means for the potential for war on the Korean Peninsula. 

Even With Trump, Kim Jong Un May Spurn Talks, Analysts Warn

Chung-in Moon, APLN Vice Chair, was quoted in a Voice of America article about the future of diplomacy with North Korea. The article considers the likeliness of further engagement with Kim Jong Un, who many analysts argue is no longer interested in diplomacy. 

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