Five years after the Singapore Summit
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Five years after the Singapore Summit



30 June 2023

This week, Lee Sang Hyun shares his reflections on the state of US-DPRK relations five years after the Singapore Summit and we welcome Lucy Stevenson-Yang as our new Policy Fellow.

We also share the latest activities from our network, analysis on India’s relationships with China, the United States, and regional actors, Japanese disarmament policy, South Korea’s relations with China, challenges to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, and NATO involvement in the Asia-Pacific.

APLN warmly welcomes Lucy Stevenson-Yang as a new Policy Fellow. Previously, she was a Program Specialist for China and Northeast Asia at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). At USIP, Lucy did research on China’s impact on international peace and security, with a particular focus on China’s engagements in the Global South. Her work also focused on how to strengthen diplomacy and support peace and security on the Korean Peninsula.

Lucy was a 2021-2022 Climate Security Fellow with the Climate Security Advisory Group. In 2020, she was a US-ROK Next Generation Leader in the Security Delegation with the National Bureau of Asian Research. She was born and raised in Beijing, China.

5th Anniversary of the Singapore Summit:
What’s been achieved and what’s failed

Lee Sang Hyun, APLN member and President of the Sejong Institute, writes in the Korea Times highlighting the ways in which US-DPRK relations have deteriorated since the Singapore Summit in 2018. He stresses the importance of avoiding further escalation through a comprehensive strategy that involves crisis management, deterrence, and denuclearisation talks.

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China’s Challenge to India

Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan, Director of the Centre for Security, Strategy, and Technology, joined the podcast Independent Thinking to discuss India-China relations and the broader trends in India’s foreign policy, including its relations with the United States and Russia. 

NATO and European-ROK global cooperation on security

Jina Kim, Dean of Language and Diplomacy Division at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, discussed the benefits of enhancing like-minded cooperation on security between European members of NATO and its Asia-Pacific partners (AP4) in a seminar hosted by the Elcano Royal Institute and the Korea Foundation.

An Interview with Dr. Manpreet Sethi

Manpreet Sethi, APLN Senior Research Adviser, was interviewed by Seikyo Shimbun. During the interview, she highlighted the challenges of balancing non-proliferation and disarmament within the NPT, emphasizing the necessity of implementing concrete measures to reduce nuclear risks and promote strategic restraint among countries.

The Road Not Taken Before

C. Raja Mohan, Senior Fellow at the Asia Society Policy Institute, argued in Indian Express that the India-US defence compact is an attempt to build a multipolar Asia with sufficient deterrent capabilities and ensure the respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all states in the region. 

More HIT Than Miss in India-Nepal Ties

Rakesh Sood, former Indian Ambassador to Nepal wrote about Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s recent visit to India. He argued that the process of repairing the relationship between India and Nepal has been slow, but the results are now quite visible with a rebuilding of trust between the two countries.

How Does Embracing MBS Square With Yoon’s Values Diplomacy?

Chung-in Moon, APLN Vice Chair, was interviewed by Hankyoreh after delivering a lecture in Berlin. He highlighted how, despite its emphasis on freedom, human rights, and democracy, and its subsequent hard-line statements against countries like North Korea and China, the Yoon administration has proved itself inconsistent in applying its own standards.

How a Mature Democracy Formulates Its Security Strategy

Chung-in Moon, APLN Vice Chair, wrote about lessons South Korea can take from German diplomacy and its relationship with China. He pointed out that amidst the multiplicity of shifting opinions, German leaders are patiently working to build a political consensus, which seems to constitute mature democracy in its true form and has a number of implications for Koreans as they handle the same issue in a completely different way.

Kishida’s Realism Diplomacy: Nuclear Disarmament

Nobumasa Akiyama, APLN Senior Associate Fellow and Professor at Hitotsubashi University, discussed Japan’s nuclear policy and presented three proposals to further effectuate Japan’s disarmament diplomacy in the context of improving its security and maintaining the international order. 

[JPN] The End of Liberal Order

Fujiwara Kiichi, Professor of International Politics at the University of Tokyo, argued in Asahi Shimbun that the war in Ukraine marks the beginning of the post-liberalism era.

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