APLN Secures New Grant for Pacific Islands Project
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APLN Secures New Grant for Pacific Islands Project



3 August 2023

This week, five new members have joined the APLN senior network. We also published a special report by Maima Koro on the ethical dilemmas of geopolitics in the Pacific from our project “Voices from the Pacific Islands.” And we are happy to announce that we secured a new grant for our Pacific Islands work.

We also share the latest activities from our network, including views on China’s nuclear modernisation and India’s response, Japan’s nuclear disarmament agenda, the Washington Declaration, K-diplomacy, the upcoming US-ROK-Japan summit, and deepening divisions among ASEAN countries.

Experts Join the APLN

APLN warmly welcomes five new members to its network:

  • Professor Yim Man-Sung (South Korea), Professor at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST).
  • Ms. Charadine Pich (Cambodia), Deputy Executive Director of the Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace (CICP).
  • Professor Sarah Teo Li-Shan (Singapore), Assistant Professor at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
  • Professor Sandra Tarte (Fiji), Associate Professor and Acting Head, School of Law and Social Sciences, University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji.
  • Ms. Hoang Thi Ha (Vietnam), Senior Fellow and Co-coordinator of the Regional Strategic and Political Studies Programme at ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute.

Relational Security: Ethical Dilemmas of Geopolitics
in the Blue Pacific Continent

Maima Koro, Pacific Research Fellow for the Regional Perspectives Project at the University of Adelaide, argues for the importance of “relational security” and the need for Pacific people to be consulted as equal partners in decisions that impact their communities. She also highlights the ethical dilemmas faced by Pacific people in the face of intense global competition and the complex ethical considerations that arise due to different understandings of security and power.

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APLN has received a renewed grant from the Ploughshares Fund to continue our work to provide a platform for voices from Pacific Island Countries and drawing attention to the inequities and injustices arising from nuclear weapons policies and practices.

Through this project, we hope to raise global awareness of the shared responsibility to address human and environmental security challenges across the region.

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Pacific Islands session at the 2023 Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP) Study Group meeting

APLN staff and speakers in Bangkok. From left: Tanvi Kulkarni (APLN), Bedi Racule, Vijay Naidu, Henrietta McNeil, Elaine Natalie (APLN).

On July 28, we hosted a special Pacific Islands session at the 2023 Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP) Study Group meeting in Bangkok to raise awareness of nuclear legacies and environmental security challenges, as part of the project Voices from the Pacific Islands.

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As we approach the 78th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, APLN is proud to join a coalition of institutions and public figures around the world in sharing photos of paper cranes with the hashtag #CranesForOurFuture again this year. This campaign was launched by the Hiroshima Organization for Global Peace, the Hiroshima and Nagasaki Prefectures and the Nuclear Threat Initiative in the spirit of international cooperation and in honour of those who perished in the bombings in Japan 76 years ago.

From August 4-9, we will be folding paper cranes to remember the victims of the atomic bombings. We have also created special origami templates which you can download here. For instructions on how to fold a paper crane, you can watch the video here.

Click here to join us in folding a crane for peace

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2023 KINAC-NEREC Conference on Nuclear Nonproliferation

On August 2-3, APLN members Yim Man-sungHan Yong-supJun Bong-geunLee Sang-hyun, and Shen Dingli participated in the 2023 KINAC-NEREC Conference on Nuclear Nonproliferation. APLN Executive Director Shatabhisha Shetty spoke at the session on APLN’s joint project with the European Leadership Network on Asia-Pacific Strategic Risks.

APLN has over 130 members from 20 countries in the Asia-Pacific.
Each week we feature their latest contributions
to global and regional security debates.

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Yoon’s Talk of “Anti-State Forces” and an End-of-War Declaration for Korea

Chung-in Moon, APLN Vice Chair, published his monthly column in Hankyoreh on the 70th anniversary of the Korean armistice and argues that an end-of-war declaration could serve as a significant step towards achieving a peace regime and denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula.

Ballistic Missile Defence in Nuclear Strategy

Manpreet Sethi, APLN Senior Research Adviser, analysed the role ballistic missile defense (BMD) should play in supporting India’s nuclear strategy and how it can be deployed to provide domestic assurance without pushing adversaries towards actions that create security dilemmas.

What China’s Nuclear Advances Mean for India

Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan, Director of the Centre for Security, Strategy, and Technology, discussed China’s nuclear modernisation and India’s response in an interview with USIP. She explained that China’s recent nuclear advances alone haven’t raised alarm in New Delhi — but that Indian leaders should pay special attention to any shifts in Beijing’s no-first-use policy or developments of first-strike options.

Managing the Dilemma: Japan’s Nuclear Disarmament Agenda

Nobumasa Akiyama, APLN Senior Associate Fellow and Professor at Hitotsubashi University, wrote for RUSI on how Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida balances his commitment to nuclear disarmament with the imperative to strengthen his country’s alliance with the US.

The Washington Declaration Fails to Address Seoul’s Nuclear Concerns

Jina Kim, Dean of Language and Diplomacy Division at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, wrote for East Asia Forum on the Washington Declaration. She argues that for the Washington Declaration to be meaningful, it should address assurance issues, provide opportunities for more detailed discussions on nuclear deterrence scenarios and develop tailored extended deterrence measures.

Time for ‘K-diplomacy’

Kim Won-soo, Chair of the international advisory board of the Taejae Academy, published his monthly column in the Korea Times. He argued that South Korea could try to combine its universal appeal and regional maneuvers into a diplomatic brand of its own called K-diplomacy.

Seoul, Washington and Tokyo to Hold Trilateral Summit at Camp David on Aug. 18th

Eunjung Lim, Associate Professor at the Division of International Studies at Kongju National University, discussed the upcoming Korea-US-Japan summit at Camp David next month and triangular cooperation in an interview with Arirang News.

Deepening Divisions Across Southeast Asia Give China Leverage

Kasit Piromya, former Foreign Minister of Thailand, was quoted by The China Project, where he argued that Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen needs to be reprimanded for using ASEAN for his own benefit. He also urged the new Thai government to reset its foreign policy direction and assume a leading role in ASEAN.

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