End the War in Ukraine: Renewed APLN Call
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End the War in Ukraine: Renewed APLN Call


19 August 2022

This week, over 100 figures from the Asia-Pacific call for an end to the Ukraine war, Tanya Ogilvie-White discusses Asia-Pacific perspectives on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty at the United Nations. Meanwhile, we feature a new job opportunity, continue to invite submissions to our Pacific Islands creative competition, and highlight member activities.

Renewed call to end the war in Ukraine

Over 100 political, diplomatic, military, and expert figures from across the Asia-Pacific have now signed an APLN statement calling for an end to the war in Ukraine and highlighting the dangers of nuclear weapons use.

The statement, first published in March, is issued only in the names of the signatories and is available in English, Russian, Ukrainian, Chinese, Urdu, Japanese, Korean, Indonesian, and Hindi. To read the statement and see the full list of signatories, click below.

Read the APLN Statement

APLN at the United Nations
The Tenth Nuclear Non-Proliferation Review Conference

Earlier this week, APLN Senior Research Adviser Tanya Ogilvie-White spoke at an NPT Review Conference side event organised by the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) at the United Nations in New York.

The event featured findings from NTI’s Global Enterprise project and a joint NTI-APLN workshop report highlighting perspectives from the Asia Pacific and steps to strengthen nuclear risk reduction, increase transparency, improve fissile material management, and expand the uses of nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

Other speakers at the event included the President of the NPT Review Conference, Ambassador Gustavo Zlauvinen, Irma Arguello, Hubert Foy and Jørn Osmundsen. The event is available to watch on UN Web TV.

Watch the event

Job Opportunity: Graphic Designer

We are looking for a new part-time Graphic Designer to join the APLN team. The deadline is 30 August and we welcome all Asia-Pacific-based applicants.

To apply and for more information on the role please contact Yoon-soo Kim at kimys@apln.network.

Read the job description

Trends and the necessity of nonproliferation education

Yim Man-sung, Professor and Head of the Department of Nuclear and Quantum Engineering at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), argues that we need to amplify the perspectives of the young generation and their engagement with the policy community to bring about improvements in nuclear non-proliferation.

Read the Korea Times column

Nuclear Weapons and the Climate Crisis
Creative Competition

We are pleased to invite Pacific Island nationals to share their ideas and experiences of climate change and nuclear weapons policies and practices as part of our “Nuclear Weapons and the Climate Crisis” competition. Submissions in all creative formats are encouraged and prizes include $1000 and opportunities to showcase their work.

The competition is part of our new South Pacific project, Nuclear Disarmament and the Anthropocene: voices from Pacific Island Countries.

Read about the competition

Nations of Marvels and Missteps

Shyam Saran, former Indian Foreign Secretary and ambassador to Myanmar, Indonesia, and Nepal, writes on the 75th anniversary of Indian independence. 

India and Pakistan at 75

Nirupama Rao, former Indian foreign secretary, spoke at an event conducted by the Asia Program, discussing the India-Pakistan relationship and its complexities.

India at 75 : Much to be proud of amid some worrisome trends

C. Uday Bhaskar, Director of the Society for Policy Studies (SPS), writes: the ideological shift in politics towards prioritizing the majority religious denomination that has morphed into assertive political Hindutva goes against the fabric of the ‘Idea of India’ enshrined in the constitution.

Geopolitics, Pandemic, and the G20

Manpreet Sethi, Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for Air Power Studies, participated in the India Think Tank Forum and analysed how India needs to deal with the fallout of the Ukraine war on member states of the G20 and their respective positions.

The Ukraine invasion, half a year in, an ongoing war of attrition with no sign of Russia pulling back

Fujiwara Kiichi, Professor of International Politics and Director of the Institute for Future Initiatives, University of Tokyo, argues in the Asahi Shimbun that the war in Ukraine has become a war of attrition, deepening the crisis in international politics (in Japanese).

World Humanitarian Day a reminder gender equality should be at heart of disaster response

Natasha Stott Despoja, founding chair of Our Watch and former Senator for South Australia, writes that humanitarian relief efforts should strive for women-led disaster response in the Canberra Times, on the occasion of World Humanitarian Day.

Subcontinent Adrift: Strategic Futures of South Asia

Feroz Hassan Khan, former Brigadier in the Pakistan Army, published the book Subcontinent Adrift, which maps out and explains India and Pakistan’s respective interests, motivations, and long-term objectives from a contemporary perspective.

Pacific Power Paradox: American Statecraft and the Fate of the Asian Peace

Van Jackson, Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Victoria University of Wellington, published the book Pacific Power Paradox, which explores how regional stability has diminished because of U.S. choices, and why America’s margin for geopolitical error is less now than ever before.



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