As a part of an ongoing project that analyzes the implications of AUKUS
, APLN this week published a special report
on the AUKUS deal by APLN Senior Research Adviser Dr. Tanya Ogilvie-White
and Rear Admiral John Gower
(ret.) former Assistant Chief of Defence Staff (Nuclear & Chemical, Biological) in the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD).
In the report, the authors identify several risks related to AUKUS, including erosion of rules, arms racing and submarine proliferation, escalation dangers of cruise missiles, and exacerbation of power political dynamics in the region. They provide seven key recommendations to reduce these risks:
- Increasing international awareness of Australia’s existing non-proliferation-oriented legislation.
- An early decision to use lifetime reactor cores.
- Immediate initiation of work with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
- A US commitment to champion a voluntary moratorium on the deployment of new nuclear cruise missile capabilities.
- Steps to repair and recommit to the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR).
- Reinvigorating regional diplomacy.
- A strong joint statement on upholding the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT).