A Closer Look at AUKUS
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A Closer Look at AUKUS



23 September 2022

This week, we mark the one-year anniversary of the Australia-United Kingdom-United States (AUKUS) partnership. Collin Koh assesses the relationship between submarine proliferation in the region and AUKUS. Trevor Findlay, Marianne Hanson, Tanya Ogilvie-White, Jingdong Yuan, Maria Rost Rublee, and Benjamin Zala discuss proliferation risks. And Marianne Hanson calls for a rethink in The Korea Times.

AUKUS and Risks of Submarine Proliferation:
A preliminary assessment

Collin Koh, Research Fellow at the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, argues that AUKUS isn’t responsible for submarine proliferation but says it’s time for the Asia-Pacific region to more seriously consider preventive measures in a new APLN Policy Brief.

Read the Policy Brief

Rethink Nuclear Subs Proposal

University of Melbourne Principal Fellow Trevor Findlay, University of Queensland Associate Professor  Marianne Hanson, APLN Senior Researcher Adviser Tanya Ogilvie-White, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute Associate Senior Fellow Jingdong Yuan, Monash University Associate Professor Maria Rost Rublee, and Australian National University Research Fellow Benjamin Zala ask policymakers to reconsider the implications of AUKUS for nuclear non-proliferation. The commentary was first published in the Canberra Times.

Read the Commentary

AUKUS comes at a cost

Marianne Hanson, APLN member and Associate Professor at the University of Queensland, worries that AUKUS will mark the first time that a non-nuclear weapon state will be given access to sensitive nuclear technology and materials for nuclear naval propulsion. She calls for the parties involved to step back and reconsider the agreement.

Read the Korea Times column

Fixing the Blind Spot in Nuclear Inspections

Trevor Findlay, Principal Fellow at the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne, explains how a blind spot in safeguards culture led to a ‘that’s the way we do things around here’ approach at the IAEA.

For India, a Complicated SCO Summit

Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan, Director of the Centre for Security, wrote on the 2022 Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit, pointing out that there is conflict at various levels that complicates India’s engagement, from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine to simmering Sino-Indian tensions.

A Network for Closer Regional Ties

Shyam Saran, former Indian Foreign Secretary and Ambassador to Myanmar, Indonesia, and Nepal, argues that India must look into harnessing Gati Shakti and the National Logistics Policy in the service of regional economic integration.

Ladakh Disengagement: Is India Losing Land in ‘Buffer-Zones’?

Nirupama Rao, former Indian Foreign Secretary, former Ambassador of India to China, and former Ambassador of India to the United States, was interviewed by NDTV on the uneasy disengagement agreement between India and China at their contested border.

日本のジレンマ 核廃絶を主張しながら核抑止力に依存 (Japan’s dilemma between nuclear deterrence and nuclear disarmament)[JPN]

Nobumasa Akiyama, Senior Associate Fellow at APLN, was interviewed by Mainichi Shimbun about Japan’s dilemma between nuclear deterrence and nuclear disarmament, based on the recent discussions at the NPT Review Conference.

Why Australia Should “Think Twice” about Nuclear Powered Submarines

Marianne Hanson, Associate Professor at the University of Queensland, appeared on ABC News questioning the value of nuclear-powered submarines for Australia.



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