Banning Nuclear Weapons and Reducing Nuclear Risk
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Banning Nuclear Weapons and Reducing Nuclear Risk



24 June 2022

This week, we focus on the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons as the First Meeting of States Parties in Vienna draws to a close, showcasing our nuclear use case risk reduction project. Our members share their views on the TPNW – and we would like to hear yours. We also welcome new staff and highlight recent member activities.

APLN associate fellow, Eva Lisowski, presents findings from the “Reducing the Risk of Nuclear Weapon Use in Northeast Asia” APLN-Nautilus-RECNA project at the Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons in Vienna, held before the First Meeting of the States Parties of the TPNW. (Photo:  Louis Reitmann, VCDNP)

REPORT: Reducing the Risk of Nuclear Weapon Use in Northeast Asia

The report assesses 25 hypothetical cases of nuclear weapons use in 2025-2030 during a conflict in Northeast Asia by developing use cases involving the DPRK, the United States, China, Russia, and non-state actors.

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The Nuclear Use Case Risk Reduction project is run jointly by APLN, Nautilus Institute, the Research Center for Nuclear Weapon Abolition, Nagasaki University (RECNA), and the Panel on Peace and Security of North East Asia (PSNA).

TPNW in a Challenging Security Environment

John Carlson, former Director General of the Australian Safeguards and Non-Proliferation Office, argues that nuclear disarmament is a moral and legal imperative, but as the global nuclear order is deteriorating, states must first work towards practical steps for reducing nuclear risks.

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Grappling with the TPNW: options for Japan

Abe Nobuyasu, former UN Under-Secretary-General for Disarmament Affairs, argues that Japan can still support the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons even if signing the treaty and renouncing US nuclear deterrence seems unlikely in the foreseeable future.

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Expectations for the TPNW

Six experts as well as former and serving officials from Australia, South Korea, Thailand, Philippines, and Japan share their expectations and concerns about the TPNW on the occasion of the Vienna conference.

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APLN welcomes Jaein Park as an associate fellow. Jaein is a senior associate at the University of Science and Technology in South Korea where she works on international cooperation strategies.

We also welcome Fang Liu as a research intern. Fang is pursuing her second Master’s degree in International Cooperation from Yonsei University’s Graduate School of International Studies.

China-India Relations: 2 Years After Galwan Clash

Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan writes that the prevailing tension on the China-India border is a symptom of the broader strategic competition between the two Asian neighbors. 

Hawks want you to think Kim Jong-un will unify Korea by force – why that’s bunk

Cheong Wooksik argues that the fears of North Korean nuclear weapons drives South Korea towards strengthening the US-ROK alliance, which puts South Korea in vulnerable position.



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