How Education Can Save Us From Nuclear Devastation
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How Education Can Save Us From Nuclear Devastation



17 August 2023

This week, we welcome four new members to APLN senior network, Manpreet Sethi makes the case for nuclear education, and we revisit APLN’s publications examining the consequences of nuclear use and WMD risks in the Asia-Pacific.

We also share member activities, including Melissa Parke‘s appointment as the new Director of ICAN, Trevor Findlay‘s book on transforming safeguards culture, Cheng-Chwee Kuik‘s analysis on ASEAN’s hedging, an interview with Chungin MoonRabia Akthar‘s speech on security challenges in South and Southeast Asia, and Kim Won-soo‘s call for Korea to overhaul its climate policy.

New Members Join APLN

APLN warmly welcomes four new members to our senior network:

  • Amb. Lucky Sherpa (Nepal), Former Nepali Ambassador to Australia and New Zealand (2017-2019).
  • Prof. Cheng-Chwee Kuik (Malaysia), Professor of International Relations and Head of Asian Studies at the Institute of Malaysian and International Studies (IKMAS), National University of Malaysia (UKM).
  • Dr. Lina Gong (China), Research Fellow at the Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University (NTU).
  • Amb. Kitti Wasinondh (Thailand), former Thai Ambassador to the UK.

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Nuclear Education as a Way to Prevent Another Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Manpreet Sethi draws on APLN members’ feedback on how to prevent another atomic bombing. She argues that there is an urgent need to raise public awareness of nuclear risks and calls for more initiatives to educate the public on growing nuclear dangers and the importance of working towards nuclear disarmament.

Read the commentary

WMD in Asia-Pacific


WMD in Asia-Pacific offers a comprehensive assessment of threats from weapons of mass destruction in the Asia-Pacific, including threats from nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, and presents possible ways and strategies for reducing the risk. It focuses on three locations where wars involving WMD might begin – Southern Asia, the Taiwan Strait, and the Korean Peninsula – while examining how asymmetric force structures and future proliferation may increase the risk of using WMD. 
Read the book

Humanitarian Impacts of Nuclear Weapons Use in Northeast Asia: Implications for Reducing Nuclear Risk

What would happen if nuclear weapons use were used in Northeast Asia today?

The project “Reducing the Risk of Nuclear Weapon Use in Northeast Asia”  aims to identify plausible use cases for nuclear weapons in a limited nuclear war in Northeast Asia, to help prevent a nuclear conflict. The year two report estimated the number of direct deaths and delayed deaths by analysing five plausible use case scenarios, ranging from a single detonation to a limited global nuclear war, involving various nuclear actors and targets in Northeast Asia and beyond.

This report was published jointly by the Research Center for Nuclear Weapons Abolition, Nagasaki University (RECNA), the Nautilus Institute, and APLN.

Read the full report

APLN has over 140 members from 22 countries in the Asia-Pacific.
Each week we feature their latest contributions
to global and regional security debates.

See all member activities





Melissa Parke Appointed New Executive Director for ICAN

Melissa Parke, former Australian Minister for International Development and former federal member for Fremantle, has been appointed as the new Executive Director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN International).

CGSR | Transforming Nuclear Safeguards Culture by Trevor Findlay

Trevor Findlay, Principal Fellow at the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne, gave a presentation at an online seminar at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Center for Global Security Research (CGSR) on his book Transforming Safeguards: Culture: The IAEA, Iraq and the Future of Non-Proliferation, published by MIT Press in June 2022.

Binary Trap Threatens ASEAN’s Hedging Role

Cheng-Chwee Kuik, Professor of International Relations at the National University of Malaysia (UKM), wrote for the East Asia Forum and argues that China’s assertive actions and an increasingly unpredictable United States may weaken ASEAN’s ability to hedge.

‘Hardliners Argue That South Korea Should Have Its Own Nuclear Weapons’

Chung-in Moon, APLN Vice Chair, was interviewed by IPS Journal on South Korea’s nuclear debate and its relations with the US and Japan. He emphasised the delicate balancing act of managing economic ties with China while concurrently engaging in regional security initiatives.

Speech at the First Symposium by SSEASRC, University of Buckingham

Rabia Akhtar, Founding Director of the Centre for Security, Strategy and Policy Research at the University of Lahore, participated in the First Symposium, which also marked the launch event of the South and South East Asia Security Research Centre (SSEASRC) on 8 August 2023, organised by the Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies (BUCSIS) at Buckingham University.

Specter of Climate Suicide

Kim Won-soo, Chair of the international advisory board of the Taejae Academy, wrote for The Korea Times and argued that the time has come for South Korea to make decisive changes to its climate policy, driven not only by its self-interest in mitigating rapidly rising climate risks but also by the need to uphold its international reputation.

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