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14 July 2022

This week, Kawasaki Akira reflects on the lessons from the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) Vienna meeting and how these can be applied to the upcoming Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference in August. The APLN-sponsored KAIST-NEREC summer program begins this weeks, and we share recent publications as well as activities from our network. 

TPNW: Taking Action Together

APLN member Kawasaki Akira, argues that TPNW is promoting an open, inclusive and collaborative movement. From the Vienna meetings this is being pursued through victim assistance, supporting other treaties, and examining the risks of nuclear deterrence. He argues that States which should cease attacking or neglecting the TPNW and instead start to cooperate constructively, particularly ahead of the NPT Review Conference. 

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KAIST-NEREC Summer Fellows Program

APLN is delighted to cosponsor the 2022 Summer Fellows Program of Nuclear Nonproliferation Education and Research Center (NEREC) of Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), taking place this week, from 11 July to 12 August in Daejeon, Seoul and Gyeongju.

With 27 fellows from 14 countries, the program provides an intensive education and training course on nuclear nonproliferation for undergraduate and graduate students with the aim of nurturing the next generation of leaders and experts in nuclear issues.

APLN is proud to be a sponsor for the third year running of the KAIST-NEREC program. The program is part of APLN efforts to cultivate new voices and experts in the Asia-Pacific.

Read about the program

WMD in Asia-Pacific


WMD in Asia-Pacific offers a timely and comprehensive assessment of the WMD threats in the Asia-Pacific, including threats from nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. Twenty-one experts address critical issues and present assessments of the baseline status of, and trends in, vertical and horizontal proliferation of WMD across the region.

Possible Nuclear Use Cases in Northeast Asia


The report looks at nuclear weapons use in 2025-2030 as part of a conflict on the Korean Peninsula or Northeast Asia, developing use cases for (mostly) limited nuclear war involving the DPRK, United States, China, or Russia as the states to use nuclear weapons first. It also considers the possibility of the use of nuclear or other weapons by non-state actors as a triggering event.

Preparing for Peace: Political and Financing Considerations for Cooperative Threat Reduction Plus with the DPRK


As concerns grow of a new North Korean nuclear test, and US-ROK officials expand discussions of extended deterrence, this report warns of the dangers of short-term thinking, and proposes measures to improve relations through economic and diplomatic cooperation over the long-term. 

Abe Shinzo was the most important Japanese leader in the past 50 years, says Kevin Rudd

Kevin Rudd, former Australian Prime Minister, wrote a eulogy for Abe Shinzo in The Economist, considering the former Japanese Prime Minister’s legacy and impact on the region.

The Global Nuclear Landscape:
Energy, Non-proliferation and Disarmament

Manpreet Sethi, Distinguished Fellow of the Centre for Air Power Studies, has edited a book on the global nuclear landscape, with contributions from leading Indian experts, including APLN member Ramamurti Rajaraman

Challenging Nuclearism

Marianne Hanson, Associate Professor at the University of Queensland, published the book Challenging Nuclearism, which explores the deliberate ‘normalisation’ of nuclear weapons, how it came to be so pervasive, and why it is now being challenged.

Kiribati opposition’s call to Australia after shock Pacific forum withdrawal

Tessie Lambourne, member of the Kiribati House of Assembly, commented for SBS News on the decision by the Kiribati president to withdraw from the Pacific Islands Forum.

The Growing Tech Focus of the Quad

Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan, Director of the Centre for Security, wrote for The Diplomat, analysing the Quad’s focus on new and emerging technology.

Cynicism rears its head in the war in Ukraine

Chung-in Moon, APLN vice-chair and chairman of the Sejong Institute, stresses the need for diplomacy to end the war in Ukraine, as cynicism and war fatigue grows in Europe.

Ex-U.K. defense chief urges leaders to avoid Ukraine escalation

Masakatsu Ota, Senior and Editorial writer at Kyodo News, interviewed APLN board member and former British Secretary of State for Defence Des Browne on his views of the Russia-Ukraine war.



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