South Korea's Nuclear Challenge
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South Korea's Nuclear Challenge



6 May 2022




Dear Network Members and Colleagues,

This week, Susan Koch writes on mobilising political support for a Cooperative Threat Reduction Plus program with North Korea, Joel Petersson Ivre assesses the risk of nuclear weapons latency in South Korea, and our project partners at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace release a collection of papers as part of our joint Northeast Asia security project. We also welcome two new members to our network, and share member activities.





APLN is pleased to announce that two new members have joined our network:
  • Hon. Tessie Lambourne MP, leader of the opposition Boutokaan Kiribati Moa Party (BKM), former civil servant and former Ambassador to China.
  • Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Amit Sharma, former Commander in Chief of India’s Strategic Forces Command, current Fellow in the Office of The Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India.








Susan Koch, former senior official at the US National Security Council, Department of Defense, and State Department, applies the lessons from the US Cooperative Threat Reduction program (CTR) experience to improving the political prospects for a CTR Plus initiative with the DPRK, focusing on the participation and leadership of the US government.



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Joel Petersson Ivre, policy fellow at APLN, argues that South Korea’s incoming president, Yoon Suk-yeol, faces overt and subtle political pressures that could result in the country establishing a latent capability to manufacture nuclear weapons. Ivre makes the case for the new president to implement measures to decrease this risk.



Read the policy brief






Megan DuBois, Ankit Panda, and Toby Dalton (eds.)



Carnegie Endowment for International Peace published a collection of papers by four leading experts on Northeast Asian security on how to build a security eco-system for the region. S. Paul Choi, Vasily Kashin, Li Nan, and Yuki Tatsumi discuss how to manage competition, move beyond military security issues, and how to sequence a security eco-system whilst navigating existing institutions in the region.
Read the publication (PDF)

This volume is part of a joint project between the Royal United Services Institute, the Asia-Pacific Leadership Network, and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace on future steps toward a Northeast Asian security architecture. The project was sponsored by the United Kingdom Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.





The Folly of Pushing South Korea Toward a China Containment Strategy
On 5 May, APLN senior associate fellow Jessica Lee and Sarang Shidore, published a policy brief on the potential negative consequences for the United States if it brings South Korea into a China containment strategy.




Public Lecture: Nuclear Challenges to India’s Security
On 13 May, APLN member Manpreet Sethi, Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for Air Power Studies, will give a public lecture at India International Centre, New Delhi on nuclear challenges to India’s security.




How Ukraine is setting the stage for a nuclear domino effect in Northeast Asia
On 2 May, APLN vice-chair Chung-in Moon wrote his regular column in Hankyoreh where he argued that the war in Ukraine has legitimised nuclear weapons in national security discourse, which could have dire consequences also in Northeast Asia.




Environment of Peace
On 23 May, APLN member Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand will deliver a lecture on the theme “Environment of Peace” hosted by SIPRI in Stockholm. The lecture will also be available online.




Video: Emerging Voices Network: A Focus on Asia Pacific
On 30 March, BASIC launched its Emerging Voices Network capstone event, focusing on Asia-Pacific. APLN members Angela Woodward and Tong Zhao, together with APLN policy fellow Tanvi Kulkarni. A video of the online event is now available on the BASIC website.





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