A Letter to the South Korean President
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A Letter to the South Korean President



13 May 2022




Dear Network Members and Colleagues,

This week’s newsletter features an open letter by Gareth Evans to the new South Korean president and a call for improving Northeast Asian regional security through risk reduction measures from our partners at Carnegie Endowment. We also welcome two new members to the APLN and share activities from our network.





The Asia-Pacific Leadership Network welcomes two new members this week:

  • H.E. Dell Higgie, Ambassador-at-Large for New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Chair of the Geneva-based Voluntary Trust Fund for the Arms Trade Treaty.
  • Ms. Saruta Sayo, Director of New Diplomacy Initiative (ND) and an Attorney at Law in Japan and the State of New York.








Gareth Evans, APLN member and former Australian foreign minister, publishes an open letter to Yoon Suk-yeol, the new president of South Korea, with five suggestions on how to approach major security challenges for South Korea, including the US-China competition and inter-Korean relations.



Read letter





Toby Dalton and Ankit Panda, of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, write in The Diplomat that South Korean, U.S., and regional security would be improved through risk reduction measures – such as reconnecting North Korea to regional security processes.
Read more

The article above is part of a joint project between APLN, the Royal United Services Institute, and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, on examining future steps toward a Northeast Asian security architecture.





Nuclear command & control
On May 11, APLN member C Uday Bhaskar, Director of the Society for Policy Studies, wrote for India Tribune on the lack of clarity around India’s nuclear command and control systems.




Xi Jinping’s Year of Instability
On 9 May, former Australian Prime Minister, APLN member Kevin Rudd gave prepared remarks to the Asia Society in New York, speaking on challenges to China’s economy in 2022 and the implications for Chinese domestic politics and foreign policy.




“There are two quite different stories about war and peace in Japan“
On May 6, APLN member Akira Kawasaki, sitting President and International Steering Group member of ICAN, was interviewed by the Heinrich Böll Foundation on Japanese views of the Russia-Ukraine war.





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