A nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought
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A nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought



19 November 2021




Dear Network Members and Colleagues,

This week the APLN urges the leaders of the Permanent Five members of the United Nations Security Council to #ReaffirmOurFuture by making a joint statement on the principle that a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought.

We also publish a Chinese translation of the recent APLN policy brief on Chinese fractional orbital bombardment, announce the winners of the 2021 Korea Times-APLN Essay Contest, and share the latest events and activities within our network.




To mark the anniversary of the 1985 Geneva Summit between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, the APLN joins experts and advocacy groups around the world in the campaign #ReaffirmOurFuture. We urge the Permanent Five members of the United Nations Security Council (P5) to use the Review Conference of Non-Proliferation Treaty in January 2022 to jointly affirm the principle first formulated by Reagan and Gorbachev that a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought. 

Join the campaign on Twitter and Instagram!











The APLN has previously published a joint statement together with the Nuclear Threat Initiative, the Elders, and our sister network, the European Leadership Network, to call for a reaffirmation of this vital principle.



Read the Joint Statement



Chinese Fractional Orbital Bombardment




The APLN Policy Brief on Chinese fractional orbital bombardment systems by Dr. Bleddyn Bowen and Dr. Cameron Hunter is now available in Chinese translation.APLN关于中国部分轨道轰击系统的政策报告现在有了中文翻译。






Winners of the 2021 Korea Times-APLN Essay Contest




The APLN is pleased to announce the winners of the Korea Times-APLN Essay Contest 2021 on “Youth, Disarmament, and Peace in the Asia-Pacific Region.” This contest, supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was held in cooperation with the Korea Times.Winners:

  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs Award (2M KRW): Philip Chennery, SOAS University of London.
  • The Korea Times Award (1M KRW): Lee Sang-ou, Korea National Open University. 
  • Asia-Pacific Leadership Network Award (1M KRW)Miriam Astrid Machado Rieback, Korea University

Three participants received honourable mentions: Lee Yoon-ki from Hanyang University, Jamie Withorne from University of Oslo, and Dustin Edward Hinkley from American University.

The award ceremony will be held at The Korea Times office in Seoul, Next Friday 26 November. All essays will be published in The Korea Times and on the APLN website.








Last Friday 12 November, the APLN held two panels at the 1st Asia-Pacific Young Leaders Forum (YLF) hosted by the Jeju Free International City Development Center (JDC) and organized by the East Asia Foundation (EAF). APLN Vice-Chair Professor Chung-in Moon, spoke on the panel “Promoting Peace and Security in the Asia-Pacific: Young Leaders’ Perspectives,” and APLN Senior Associate Fellow Jessica Lee spoke on the panel “Pathways to Peace on the Korean Peninsula.”YLF is a platform for young leaders to discuss common issues around the world such as peace, environment, youth and employment, and to create consensus, pursue peace, and realize sustainable development.

The event was streamed on YouTube. You can watch the recorded sessions here.





China’s silence on nuclear arms buildup fuels speculation on motives
On 12 November, APLN Board Member Dr. Tong Zhao, senior fellow in Carnegie’s Nuclear Policy Program in Beijing, wrote about the motivations for China’s nuclear arms buildup for The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Read more.




Intersection of Security, Geopolitics, and Gender
On 16 November, APLN Policy Fellow, Dr Tanvi Kulkarni spoke at a panel discussion on Intersection of Security, Geopolitics, and Gender organised as part of the Stimson Centre – Kubernein Initiative’s joint webinar on Gender Mainstreaming in South Asia: Country Perspectives. Read more.




Stick to the basics of nuclear deterrence
On 15 November, APLN Board Member Dr. Manpreet Sethi, Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for Air Power Studies, New Delhi, wrote for The Tribune on what new Chinese capabilities mean for India. Read more.


















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