APLN on Youth Engagement, CTBTO and the Moon-Biden Summit
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APLN on Youth Engagement, CTBTO and the Moon-Biden Summit



11 June 2021

Dear Network Members and Colleagues,

We would like to share with you the latest APLN activities including an APLN statement welcoming the appointment of Dr. Robert Floyd as CBTO Executive Secretary, this month’s APLN-The Korea Times article, the Pulse analysis on the Moon-Biden Summit, and recent member activities.





New CTBTO Head a Plus for the Asia-Pacific

APLN warmly congratulates Dr. Robert Floyd on his election as Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO). APLN’s Chair, Gareth Evans praises Dr. Floyd’s scientific, leadership, and diplomatic experience, noting that he is the first person from the Asia-Pacific to lead the organization. APLN deeply appreciates Dr. Lassino Zerbo’s role in building the CTBTO’s impressive technical capability, public profile, and for maintaining an energetic dialogue with relevant states, including in our region.



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APLN and The Korea Times
Youth and Disarmament: Together for a Better Future
In the latest APLN column for The Korea Times published on 2 June, Ambassador Cho Hyun, Korea’s Permanent Representative to the UN highlights the need to offer opportunities to the next generation to participate in disarmament discussions, not only as beneficiaries but as important stakeholders. He points to the ROK and UNODA co-sponsored Youth Forum on Disarmament and Non-proliferation in June as an opportunity for engagement.
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The Pulse is APLN’s new website series featuring short, timely, incisive analysis on policy developments in the Asia-Pacific region.

APLN members and experts offered their assessments on the recent Moon-Biden Summit and the Biden Administration’s North Korea Policy.

This week features Jean Lee, Co-Host of The Lazarus Heist podcast for BBC World Service; Mark Tokola, Vice President of the Korea Economic Institute of America; Tanya Ogilvie-White, Senior Research Advisor at APLN and Director of the New Zealand Centre for Global Studies (NZCGS); and Bong-geun Jun, Professor at the Department of National Security and Unification Studies in Korean National Diplomatic Academy.



The Pulse



APLN Member Briefing with Ambassador Gustavo Zlauvinen
Ahead of the 10th NPT Review Conference
Yesterday APLN hosted a private briefing for network members with Ambassador Gustavo Zlauvinen, NPT President-designate, on developments and challenges ahead of the 10th NPT Review Conference currently scheduled for August 2021. Please send your suggestions and requests for future briefings to Elaine Natalie at nataliee@apln.network.





Member Activities
Revitalizing Pursuit of Nuclear Disarmament
On 20 May, APLN member Rakesh Sood published a paper for the UNIDIR’s nuclear dialogue series. This paper examines the different ways in which efforts for nuclear disarmament can be revitalized in the current age, and explores how renewed cooperation between states is essential to pursue a nuclear-weapons free world. Read more
North Korea is Working to Normalize Its Government
On 3 June, APLN Vice Chair and Professor Chung-in Moon was featured by United Press International on recent changes to official government policy by North Korea. Professor Moon highlighted in a press briefing that North Korea is working to reform and normalize its governance as it deals with issues such as the coronavirus pandemic and severe economic difficulties.
Read moreNorth Korea Likely to Talk with South Korea Before the US
On 3 June, Professor Chung-in Moon was featured by NK News. Prof. Moon stated North Korea is monitoring talks regarding the Korean peninsula and the US. He urged Pyongyang not to “miscalculate” and dismiss the opportunity to talk to Sung Kim, Washington’s new special representative for North Korea Affairs. Read more





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