Avoiding Nuclear Catastrophe in Northeast Asia: Our Year 3 Report
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Avoiding Nuclear Catastrophe in Northeast Asia: Our Year 3 Report



29 March 2024

We are excited to share the latest report in our project on Nuclear Use in Northeast Asia, What Should Be Done? Practical Policies to Prevent Nuclear Catastrophe by Van Jackson. The report offers practical policy recommendations for avoiding nuclear escalation, aimed at the governments of Japan, South Korea, the United States, China, and North Korea.

In addition, Jun Bong-geun discusses nuclear risk reduction in this week’s APLN Korea Times column and we share our upcoming webinar with the Emerging Voices Network on The Search for Nuclear Justice.

Recent activities from our network include analysis on Indonesia’s foreign policy, the formation of safeguards culture, and more.

What Should Be Done?
Practical Policies to Prevent Nuclear Catastrophe

Image: Byungdug Jun, Image processing of aerial photographs taken by the U.S. military before and after the atomic bombing of Nagasaki (Part 1), Journal of the Japan Society for Digital Archive, Vol.6, No.s3, pp.s238-s241, 2022.

In the third-year report in APLN’s joint project on Reducing the Risk of Nuclear Use in Northeast Asia, Van Jackson determines that Northeast Asia is a site of “nuclear precarity” due to issues like nuclear expansion programs across the region, increasing reliance on coercive military signaling toward rivals, and evolving nuclear postures and doctrines.

Jackson makes a series of pragmatic policy proposals directed towards the governments of Japan, South Korea, the United States, China, and North Korea to help avert nuclear escalation in the region and work together to ensure that the world never sees another Nagasaki or Hiroshima.

This report is published jointly by the Nautilus Institute, the Research Center for Nuclear Weapons Abolition (RECNA) at Nagasaki University, and APLN.

See the executive summary
Read the Year 3 report

Reducing War and Nuclear Risks on the Korean Peninsula

In this week’s APLN Korea Times column, Jun Bong-geun, Professor Emeritus at the Korea National Diplomatic Academy, argues that the Korean Peninsula’s ongoing security competition heightens the risk of war and nuclear escalation, urging for resumed US-North Korea dialogue, reaffirmation of past agreements, politico-military talks, and renewed diplomatic efforts toward denuclearization.

Read the Korea Times column

APLN-EVN Webinar: The Search for Nuclear Justice

The concept of nuclear justice has long existed in communities affected by nuclear weapons, but only now is the global non-proliferation and disarmament discourse catching up. This webinar will explore policy priorities and recommendations that can bring us closer to realizing nuclear justice, especially concerning victim assistance and environmental remediation.

Join APLN and BASIC’s Emerging Voices Network (EVN) for this discussion on Wednesday, April 17th at 10am BST / 6pm KST.

Register for the event

APLN has over 150 members from 22 countries in the Asia-Pacific.
Each week we feature their latest contributions
to global and regional security debates.

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When Freedom Is Prioritized Over Peace in Korean Reunification

Chung-in Moon, APLN Vice Chair, writes in his opinion column for The Hankyoreh on how North and South Korea can move toward an amicable and friendly relationship, setting the stage for a peaceful reunification through consensus.

Undersea Cables are Increasingly Critical and Vulnerable

Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan, Director of the Centre for Security, Strategy & Technology (CSST) at the Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi, argues that undersea cables must be understood as critical infrastructure, and their vulnerability, both to intentional tampering and accidental damage, must be acknowledged.

Conceptualisation in the IAEA Safeguards System and the Formation of Safeguards Culture

John Carlson, APLN Senior Associate Fellow, co-authors a paper with Valeri Bytchkov on how the development of IAEA safeguards has been influenced by various concepts that have been applied at different times. They also explore how the resulting safeguards approaches and practices have influenced the ongoing safeguards culture. 

Post-2024 Election: What is the future of Indonesian Foreign Policy?

Lina Alexandra, Head of Department of International Relations and Senior Researcher at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), writes on the future of Indonesian foreign policy and analysed whether Indonesia will remain non-aligned amidst the fiercer great power’s rivalry between United States and China.

What Will It Take to Resume India-Pakistan Trade?

C. Raja Mohan, Senior Fellow at the Asia Society Policy Institute, writes for The Indian Express on the broad history of trade between India and Pakistan, the challenges to normalisation of India-Pakistan trade, and the necessary steps to resume commerce between the two countries.

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