APLN News and Activities
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APLN News and Activities


November 20, 2020

Dear network members and colleagues,

Over the next few weeks, the APLN will be hosting policy events, publishing new papers and expanding its partnerships. Below is a selection of our upcoming activities.

Student Essay Contest Awards Ceremony
“Youth, Disarmament, and Peace in the Asia-Pacific Region”

Earlier this year, the APLN and The Korea Times launched a student essay contest to foster new perspectives and engage with the next generation. 73 essays were submitted from across the world with eight winning essays selected by APLN members. The awards ceremony will be held next Friday 27 November with the winning essays published in a special edition of the Korea Times and on the APLN website. See the winners here.

APLN Expanding Partnerships
On 2 December, the APLN will sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Korea National Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Korea Institute of Nuclear Nonproliferation and Control. The MOU will facilitate mutual cooperation on research and public education on nuclear non-proliferation and security issues between our organisations.

WMD Workshop in the Asia Pacific
From 1-4 December, the APLN will host a closed-door international workshop on weapons of mass destruction (WMD) challenges in the Asia-Pacific. Senior APLN members, experts, and policy practitioners will assess various security issues with the analysis and recommendations published in 2021.





Network Member Activities

Experts Call for Mutual Cooperation to Implement IAEA Safeguards
APLN member John Carlson contributed to a Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) and the Center for Energy and Security Studies (CENESS) joint project on addressing political and technical challenges to implementing the IAEA’s safeguards mission for cooperation. Read more 

The 16th Hankyoreh – Busan International Symposium
On 12 November, APLN Vice-Chair, Prof. Chung-in Moon and APLN member and former Australian Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, participated in the 16th Hankyoreh-Busan International Symposium, discussing strategies and policies towards China and North Korea in a new Biden administration. Read more

How Middle Powers can Shape a Multilateral World Order without Relying Exclusively on the US and China
In a teleconference Professor Chung-in Moon and The Honorable Kevin Rudd assessed a post-pandemic international landscape and how middle powers can fill the gap in international leadership. Read more





APLN Policy Selections

Below is a curated selection of recent expert analysis chosen by APLN staff:

Elections, Nukes, and the Future of the South Korea–U.S. Alliance 
The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP) published an article by Toby Dalton and Ain Han exploring South Korea’s consistent public support for nuclear weapons protection, particularly among centrist and conservative political parties. Read more

India: Capable but Constrained
Ashley J. Tellis published a book chapter, available on CEIP, on the significant internal security challenges and major external dangers from China and Pakistan faced by the Indian Armed Forces. Read more

Four Principles to Guide U.S. Policy Toward China 
Ali Wyen presents four principles for Washington to consider in formulating a sustainable strategy toward Beijing in an article for CEIP. Underlining the importance of multilateralism, Wyen stresses the need for the U.S. to maintain a baseline of cooperation with China. Read more

Emerging Technologies Challenge International Humanitarian Law: Mapping the Issues
Toda Peace Institute published a policy brief by Kimiaki Kawai arguing that International Humanitarian Law (IHL) should be extended to address new technologies and strategies. Read more

China-Russia Military Cooperation and the Emergent U.S.-China Rivalry: Implications and Recommendations for U.S. National Security
Lyle J. Goldstein et al. published an article on the Journal of Peace and War Studies on Sino-Russian Cooperation and the implications for U.S. security, arguing that China and Russia have engaged in multi-channel cooperation to combine their economic and military strength. Read more


















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