A Nuclear Trilemma in Southern Asia?
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A Nuclear Trilemma in Southern Asia?



29 July 2022

This week, Tanvi Kulkarni unpacks the China-India-Pakistan nuclear trilemma, and we highlight Asia-Pacific priorities for the upcoming Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference with the Nuclear Threat Initiative. We also announce a new Pacific Island project and competition, and feature member activities.

Managing the China, India, and Pakistan Nuclear Trilemma

A new report by APLN policy fellow Tanvi Kulkarni highlights the growing risk of a nuclear weapons accident or an uncalculated nuclear exchange in Southern Asia, and recommends how to avoid that risk through dialogue, bilateral agreements, confidence-building measures, low-alert status of nuclear forces, and a trilateral agreement on no first use.

The report is part of a joint project between APLN and Toda Peace Institute examining the nuclear and defence dynamics between China, India, and Pakistan. The report’s analysis is based on the expert discussions from a February 2022 workshop.

Read special report (PDF)

Nuclear Disarmament and the Anthropocene
Voices from Pacific Island Countries

We are delighted to launch a new project, “Nuclear Disarmament and the Anthropocene: voices from Pacific Island Countries,” supported by the Ploughshares Fund as part of their Equity Rises initiative.

The project aims to engage and promote the voices of civil society across the South Pacific and raise awareness of the impact that changes in the global climate, environment, and contemporary nuclear weapons policies and practices have had, and continue to have, on the region.

Read about the project

Nuclear Weapons and the Climate Crisis
Creative Competition

The Pacific Island project kicks off with a creative competition on “Nuclear Weapons and the Climate Crisis.” We invite Pacific Island nationals to enter and share their ideas, perspectives, and experiences of the impact of climate change and nuclear weapons policies and practices.For more information, please contact APLN policy fellow Elaine Natalie on nataliee@apln.network

Read about the competition

Strengthening the NPT Regime: Priorities for the Future

In a new joint workshop report with the Nuclear Threat Initiative, we highlight the concerns and perspectives from Asia-Pacific countries ahead of the upcoming NPT Review Conference.

The report identifies actions countries can take to strengthen nuclear risk reduction; increase transparency; improve fissile material management; and expand peaceful uses of nuclear technology.

Read workshop report (PDF)

The report is based on a closed Track 1.5 workshop convened by APLN and NTI in Jakarta on June 29-30, 2022 to discuss priority issues for strengthening the NPT. The meeting, sponsored by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, brought together over 30 participants from 15 countries across the Asia-Pacific region.

Regional Perspectives on Strengthening the NPT: Lessons from the NTI’s Global Enterprise Project

The Nuclear Threat Initiative will hold a side event at the Tenth NPT Review Conference on sharing regional perspectives on strengthening the NPT. The event will present findings from the NTI’s Global Enterprise project to develop concrete measures to advance the NPT’s goals.

APLN senior research adviser Tanya Ogilvie-White will speak at the event on 15 August 2022 which will be available on livestream on UN Web TV.

Read more about the event

2022 NEREC-Sejong Conference on Nuclear Nonproliferation

On 2-3 August, the 2022 NEREC-Sejong Conference on Nuclear Nonproliferation will be held with APLN members Chung-in Moon, Tong Zhao, Bong Geun Jun, Sang Hyun Lee, and Jina Kim

What can the world do to help Sri Lanka? | The Hindu Parley podcast

Nirupama Rao, former Indian foreign secretary spoke about what the world and India, in particular, should do to help Sri Lanka amidst the island nation’s economic crisis.

Assessing The Promise Of Small Modular Reactors From An Indian Perspective

Manpreet Sethi, Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for Air Power Studies, New Delhi, analyses the advantages and challenges of small modular reactors in the context of India’s energy mix.

Pompeo’s claims that China obstructed N. Korea’s denuclearization

Chung-in Moon, APLN vice-chair and Sejong Institute Chairman, argues that Mike Pompeo’s provocative claims of Chinese obstructionism hinder US-China cooperation on the DPRK nuclear issue.

The IAEA, Iraq, and the Future of Non-Proliferation

Trevor Findlay, Principal Fellow at the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne, shared his findings from a case study on Iraq’s nuclear proliferation efforts.



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