January 15, 2020
Dear Network Members and Colleagues,
We would like to share with you the latest APLN column in The Korea Times by Dr Peter Hayes, APLN Research Director. A shorter Korean language version was published in The Hankook-Ilbo.
In Lessons from Pandemic-Nuclear Weapons Nexus for Survival in 2021, Dr Hayes highlights the future scenario assessments and recommendations from the APLN-RECNA-Nautilus Institute Nagasaki 75th Anniversary Pandemic-Nuclear Nexus Scenarios project.
In one future scenario, the pandemic is forcing a new distribution of geopolitical, geo-economic, and geo-ecological power. Effective governance of global problems arise from “first responder” cities, provinces, corporations, and civil society organizations, driven by sheer necessity to devise shared solutions.
In another, darker future, countries are struggling to manage the COVID-19 pandemic and degenerate into a new Cold War with more states and even non-state actors armed with nuclear weapons.
Dr Hayes argues that the challenge is for governments to consider better ways to prepare for an uncertain future created by the COVID-19 pandemic than relying on nuclear weapons.