Curbing the Proliferation of Armed Drones
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Curbing the Proliferation of Armed Drones


9 April 2022

Dear Network Members and Colleagues,

This week, Lorenz Fernando discusses the challenges of curbing the proliferation of armed drones, Brad Babson assesses how to establish financial frameworks for a cooperative threat reduction program with the DPRK, and Dmitry Stefanovich gives a video preview of his chapter on great power risk reduction measures and lessons in the book, WMD in Asia-Pacific. We welcome Karla Mae Pabeliña as an APLN visiting fellow and announce our new association with the Hiroshima Organisation for Global Peace.

Lorenz Fernando, First Licensing Division Chief of the Philippine Strategic Trade Management Office, assesses the effectiveness of the regulation of armed drones. He argues that as the proliferation of military technologies keeps advancing and proliferation methods become more sophisticated, the international community must revisit existing arms and export control regimes.

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A new special report by former World Bank official Brad Babson considers potential institutional arrangements needed to mobilize funds and manage the planning, running, and oversight for a Cooperative Threat Reduction Plus (CTR Plus) program with the DPRK. He evaluates three potential arrangements: a new multilateral organization; a specially designed Trust Fund; and an expanded and strengthened Greater Tumen Initiative (GTI).

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In this video explainer, Russian military expert, Dmitry Stefanovich, discusses risk reduction measures and incident prevention mechanisms with a focus on opportunities for the Asia-Pacific region. The explainer draws on his chapter in the new book, WMD in Asia-Pacific, available by clicking the button below.

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APLN has joined the Global Alliance “Sustainable Peace and Prosperity for All”, founded on the initiative of the Hiroshima Organization for Global Peace (HOPe). Global Alliance will work for the abolition of nuclear weapons to be included as a goal among the next UN Sustainable Development Goals after 2030.
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APLN warmly welcomes Karla Mae G. Pabeliña, Senior Foreign Affairs Research Specialist at the Center for International Relations and Strategic Studies (CIRSS) of the Philippine Foreign Service Institute (FSI), as an APLN visiting fellow.

The war in Ukraine and its implications for our nuclear future
On 11 April, APLN board member Manpreet Sethi, will speak on a panel of experts hosted by Bulletin of Atomic Scientists to address questions about nuclear risk, the future of nuclear arms control, and more, in light of the war in Ukraine. Sign up here

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