A New Diplomatic Approach toward North Korea
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A New Diplomatic Approach toward North Korea



4 November 2022

This week, Sandip Mishra says it’s time for the United States, Japan, and South Korea to adopt a new diplomatic approach to negotiations with North Korea over its nuclear weapons programme, calling the current approach a failure. APLN’s Peter Hayes argues that going nuclear will not help South Korea deal with the threat posed by its northern neighbour. Meanwhile, C. Raja Mohan outlines the complex and intricate ways Europe is increasingly involving itself in Asia-Pacific security affairs.

We also highlight our members’ activities below.

Proliferation Risks on the Korean Peninsula and Strategic Risk Reduction in Northeast Asia

Sandip Mishra, Associate Professor at the Centre for East Asian Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, argues that the United States, Japan, and South Korea must abandon their ‘offer and wait’ policy with regard to North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme. There are few good options for dealing with the North’s proliferation activities, but more engaged diplomacy “appears to be the most reasonable among them” he says.

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Four Decades of Reckoning with North Korea’s Nuclear Threat–and Counting

Peter Hayes, APLN’s Senior Research Adviser, argues that South Korean nuclear proliferation proposals are fundamentally flawed as they fail to view the world through Kim Jong Un’s strategic prism, as well as from a U.S. perspective. They also embrace an unrealistic belief that nuclear war can be controlled, fought, and survived in Korea. 

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Europe and Asia: In the Same Boat?

C. Raja Mohan, Senior Fellow at the Asia Society Policy Institute,  says the rise of Asia and the conflicts within it and between it and the West have begun to reproduce a complex security interdependence between Europe and Asia. He says European nations’ commitment to Asia-Pacific security has not been shaken or set back by the war in Ukraine.

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Nuclear Disarmament and UN Reforms

Ramesh Thakur, Director of the Centre for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament at the Australian National University, wrote a policy brief for the Toda Peace Institute where he discusses the impact of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on nuclear disarmament and United Nations reform.

Putin Tones Down Bluster

Shyam Saran, Former India Foreign Secretary, writes in The Tribune that unless Russia gives up territorial acquisitions in Ukraine as part of a peace deal, the war is likely to rage on. Nevertheless, he notes how it appears Putin is softening his nuclear rhetoric, perhaps aware of the alarm he’s caused even among friendly nations, including India.

The Old but Relevant Script of the Cuban Missile Crisis

Rakesh Sood, former Indian Ambassador to the Conference on Disarmament, writes in The Hindu that the sobering lessons of the Cuban Missile Crisis still remain valid, as the Ukraine War grinds on with no ceasefire in sight. A breakdown of nuclear deterrence must be prevented, he says.

Could Semiconductors Tip the India-Taiwan Scale?

Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan, Director of the Centre for Security, Strategy, and Technology, writes for The Diplomat on Taiwan’s Deputy Minister of Economic Affairs Chen Chern-Chyi’s visit to India in the context of the Indian pursuit of semiconductors. 

The New Diplomacy

C. Raja Mohan, Senior Fellow at the Asia Society Policy Institute, argues in The Indian Express that Prime Minister Modi has reoriented Indian diplomacy. Delhi is now getting better at translating India’s objective new possibilities into tangible outcomes, he says.

Hun Sen Knows What is Going on Under His Watch

Kasit Piromya, former Thai Foreign Minister, argues in The Diplomat that donor countries mustn’t be fooled by the Cambodian leader’s claims that he knows nothing about the country’s rampant cyber-scams and human trafficking operations.



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