Engaging with the DPRK as the World Pivots to the Asia-Pacific
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Engaging with the DPRK as the World Pivots to the Asia-Pacific


March 18, 2021

Dear Network Members and Colleagues,

We would like to share with you a new APLN special report by Dr. David Von Hippel, Nautilus Institute Senior Associate, and Dr. Peter Hayes, APLN Research Director and Nautilus Institute Director.

The authors argue that a modified and improved version of the Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) program can be applied to the DPRK. Created by the United States after the dissolution of the Soviet Union to provide financial assistance and technical expertise to secure or eliminate nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction (WMD), a program like this for the DPRK after the dismantling of WMD would be followed by additional measures to provide energy consortium, regional micro-gridification, and public health security.

This special report provides an extensive plan on the provision of humanitarian energy efficiency, renewable energy, and micro-grid measures to the DPRK, which are complementary to CTR activities.



Read Report



DPRK Nuclear Engagement
While multiple regions of the world pivot toward the Asia-Pacific, the DPRK continues to represent a volatile nuclear flashpoint. Important APLN contributions were made to assess the regime’s capabilities, desires, strategy, and pragmatic steps toward denuclearization, and include the following:





Network Members’ Activities
Interview with Professor Moon on US-DPRK Relations
On 10 March, APLN Vice-Chair and Professor Chung-in Moon discussed priorities for the United States as it is currently reviewing its North Korea policy. He advised that the US focus on human rights issues can propel the DPRK to reject dialogue, and emphasized the need to resolve the nuclear issue with the DPRK first. He stressed the importance of maintaining strong alliances during the Biden administration. Read more.



















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