The Nuclear Legacy in the Pacific: Visual Data
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The Nuclear Legacy in the Pacific: Visual Data




22 March 2024




This week at APLN, we welcome Maria Rost Rublee and Tanya Ogilvie-White as our newest APLN network members, and we share our set of infographics on nuclear weapons in the Pacific Islands. 

Recent activities from our network include analysis on Japan-ROK relations, strategic risk reduction centers, and more. 





APLN is pleased to welcome two new senior network members:

  • Dr. Maria Rost Rublee (Australia), Professor of International Relations at the University of Melbourne
  • Dr. Tanya Ogilvie-White (Aotearoa New Zealand), Senior Research Adviser at the Asia-Pacific Leadership Network



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Infographics on Nuclear Weapons in the Pacific




The Pacific region has a long and painful history with being used for hundreds of nuclear weapons tests throughout the 20th century. For Pacific Island communities, however, nuclear weapons are not just a historical issue but a current and pressing concern that have immense environmental, social, and political ramifications. 

Our series of infographics delve into the relationship between the Pacific Islands and nuclear weapons, breaking down complex issues like the status of the TPNW in the Pacific, the history of nuclear testing, and what is to be done to bring forth nuclear justice in affected communities. 





The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) in the Pacific




The TPNW has seen great progress since entering into force in 2021, but still has a long way to go. This infographic explains which states in the Pacific have acceded to the treaty, which have not yet ratified, and which are opposed.



Nuclear Tests in the Pacific




We detail the countries and islands that were affected by nuclear testing with visual data on the number of nuclear weapons tested, timeline and scale of tests, and the testing countries responsible.



What is Nuclear Justice?




We explore the concept of nuclear justice and break down its three components: retributive justice, restorative/reparative justice, and procedural justice. This infographic provides concrete examples of actions that the international community can take to redress the harm done to affected communities. 
See more of our Pacific Islands work



APLN has over 150 members from 22 countries in the Asia-Pacific.
Each week we feature their latest contributions
to global and regional security debates.



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Relations Between Japan and South Korea Are Blossoming



Eunjung Lim, Associate Professor of the Division of International Studies at Kongju National University (KNU), was quoted in The Economist, where she highlighted that generational change and shifting geopolitical dynamics are leading to a gradual shift in South Korean attitudes towards Japan.



US and China Jostle for Influence in Southeast Asia



Rajaram Panda, former Senior Fellow at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, argues that ASEAN’s sole objective is to protect, defend, and further the economic and security interests of its member states by maintaining a delicate balance between the US and China. While China may attempt to sow division within the bloc by cozying up to certain members, he believes this strategy is unlikely to succeed.



Under New Leadership – U.S.-Indonesia Ties in 2024



Dewi Fortuna Anwar, Research Professor at the Research Centre for Politics-National Research and Innovation Agency (PRP-BRIN), discusses how Indonesia’s new president, Prabowo Subianto, will influence the country’s responses to the AUKUS pact, its recently-signed Comprehensive Strategic Partnership with the US, and its path amid the geopolitical competition between the US and China.



The Limits of India-US Strategic Partnership



Shyam Saran, former Indian Foreign Secretary, writes for The Tribune and analyses the unusual remarks made by India’s Defence Secretary, Giridhar Aramane, which openly solicit US support to assist India in coping with the continuing military standoff with China.



Developing QUAD Investors Network: Future of Critical & Emerging Tech | Raisina 2024



Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan, Director of the Centre for Security, Strategy & Technology (CSST) at the Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi, discusses the growing potential for collaboration in emerging technologies among the Quad countries. Other speakers at this panel include Michael Bareja, Vikram Singh, and Yuka Koshino.



Strategic Risk Reduction Centers



Feroz Hassan Khan, former Brigadier in the Pakistan Army and former Director Arms Control and Disarmament Affairs in the Strategic Plans Division at the Joint Services Headquarters in Pakistan, describes potential confidence-building measures (CBMs) to help mitigate the dual-use entanglement problem.



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