Ensuring Nuclear Stability in the New Nuclear Age
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Ensuring Nuclear Stability in the New Nuclear Age



21 December 2022

As the year draws to a close, experts look at the multiple challenges that confronted the nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament community this year.

Manpreet Sethi offers recommendations for policymakers in Southern Asia to better manage risks and challenges. And Rakesh Sood shows why new advanced technologies require a new approach to maintaining nuclear stability in that region.

Meanwhile, John Tilemann discusses the multiple threats emerging in 2022 weakening security norms and the nuclear taboo, and how to restore them. We also highlight our members’ activities.

We wish all of our members, partners, and friends a wonderful holiday season.

Understanding the Nuclear Landscape in Southern Asia

Manpreet Sethi, Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for Air Power Studies, in New Delhi, offers recommendations for policymakers in southern Asia to better manage the risks and challenges inherent in nuclear deterrence in a new special report published in the Journal for Peace and Nuclear Disarmament. She argues that consequent nuclear dynamics in the region have fair potential for crisis and arms race instability. As a way to address the regional nuclear challenges, Sethi explores the character of Pakistan–India and China–India nuclear dyads along three specific axes.

Read the Special Report

Ensuring Nuclear Stability in the New Nuclear Age

Rakesh Sood, a former Indian ambassador and Distinguished Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation, argues that new advanced technologies require a new look at maintaining nuclear stability in Southern Asia in a new special report published in the Journal for Peace and Nuclear Disarmament. He says that in the China-India-Pakistan trilemma, policy proposals must be cognizant of new technological and political realities to break out of the cycle of mistrust and reduce risks of both misperceptions and miscalculation that could lead to inadvertent escalation.

Read the Special Report

These reports were produced under the China-India-Pakistan Nuclear Trilemma project, a collaboration between the Asia-Pacific Leadership Network and the Toda Peace Institute. The initiative is an effort at mapping the contours of China, India, and Pakistan’s nuclear relationship, identifying the key drivers of conflict, and exploring practical measures for nuclear risk reduction, crisis stability, and confidence building amongst the three countries.

Nuclear Norms Under Attack

John Tilemann, Senior Associate Fellow at APLN, shows how emerging threats to the global nuclear norms underscore the importance of the IAEA’s work in a new column published in the Korea Times. Despite increasing demands for its safety, security, and safeguards services, the IAEA remains under political pressure from some quarters and faces a significant funding shortfall. Though support for individual multilateral institutions waxes and wanes over time, Tilemann argues that the IAEA deserves continuing backing from the Asia-Pacific, a region of growing global influence and of immense expertise in nuclear energy and science.

Read the Korea Times column

Kevin Rudd Appointed as the Next Australian Ambassador to the United States

Kevin Rudd, former Prime Minister of Australia, will be sent to Washington DC as Australia’s new ambassador to the United States. Announcing the appointment, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said Rudd would be a “major asset” and bring “unmatched experience” in the role.

Revitalizing the Struggle for Human Rights

Gareth Evans, former APLN Chair and former Foreign Minister of Australia, published an article in Project Syndicate. He emphasized the need for a refocused human-rights narrative and proposed eight core principles of action. 

Explaining the Latest Clashes on the Sino-Indian Border

Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan, Director of the Centre for Security, Strategy, and Technology, writes for The Diplomat on the latest clashes on the Sino-Indian Border and argues that a lack of clarity on where the border lies foments continued trouble.

North Korean Riddle: What Next after Nuclear Test?

Kim Won-soo, Chair of the international advisory board of the Taejae Academy, writes for The Korea Times. He compares the situation in the Korean Peninsula to six horses pulling a loaded wagon and argues that South Korea must build a consensus on how to augment deterrence. 

India’s G20 Presidency: Championing the Global South

C. Raja Mohan, Senior Fellow at the Asia Society Policy Institute, writes for The Indian Express on India’s new ambition to become the voice of the ‘Global South’. A tailored Indian policy is needed to address concerns of different regions and the messy regional politics within the developing world.



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