How to Make the Most of the NPT PrepCom
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How to Make the Most of the NPT PrepCom



27 July 2023

This week, Manpreet Sethi provides recommendations for the upcoming PrepCom, Lami Kim writes about China’s nuclear weapons build-up and its implications for Northeast Asian security, and APLN co-hosted a workshop in Bangkok with VERTIC as a part of a joint project on reducing the risk of maritime incidents in the Asia-Pacific.

We also share the latest activities from our network, including views on India’s Prime Minister’s visit to France, India-China relations, and thoughts on current geopolitical and geo-economic trends and their impact on the Korean Peninsula.

Lending a Helping Hand to the First NPT PrepCom
for the Eleventh Review Cycle

As the new review cycle of the NPT starts with the first preparatory meeting, Manpreet Sethi, APLN Senior Research Adviser, highlights the recommendations made by the International Group of Eminent Persons for a World without Nuclear Weapons (IGEP) to reinforce norms, reduce nuclear risks, and revitalize the review process, with the aim of strengthening the NPT.

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China’s Nuclear Weapons Build-up and Its Implications
for Northeast Asian Security

Lami Kim, Professor of Security Studies at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, argues that China’s nuclear modernisation should concern the United States less because it poses a nuclear threat to the US homeland, and more because it poses a risk to vital US interests in Northeast Asia.

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Preventing Dangerous Maritime Incidents and Escalation in the Asia-Pacific

On July 24-25, APLN and VERTIC (the Verification Research, Training and Information Centre) co-hosted a workshop on Preventing Dangerous Maritime Incidents and Escalation in the Asia-Pacific. 

The workshop brought together over twenty regional security experts in Bangkok to discuss current challenges and explore opportunities to facilitate greater collaboration, devise new measures, and strengthen existing instruments and norms to better manage military and civil interactions at sea.

The workshop is part of a joint APLN-Vertic project focused on managing and mitigating incidents at sea in the Asia-Pacific.

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APLN has over 130 members from 20 countries in the Asia-Pacific.
Each week we feature their latest contributions
to global and regional security debates.

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Nuclear weapons: “Oppenheimer” won’t make a difference, but Australia can

Gareth Evans, former Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia, argued for The Interpreter that the blockbuster movie Oppenheimer missed a chance to galvanise a renewed campaign against nuclear weapons, and highlighted how Australia has the potential to advance badly needed nuclear risk reduction initiatives.

Modi’s France Visit Strengthens Defense Cooperation

Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan, Director of the Centre for Security, Strategy, and Technology, wrote about Modi’s France visit and the defence deals. She pointed out that New Delhi has ambitious plans to bolster its armed forces with French procurements, but it is unclear how close these deals are to happening.

Geopolitical and Geoeconomic Trends and the Impact on the Korean Peninsula

Chung-in Moon, APLN Vice Chair, was interviewed by FES Asia. He shared his thoughts on how the rivalry between China and the United States and its repercussions will shape the future international order in an increasingly multipolar world.

India-China Ties at a Crossroads

Shyam Saran, former Indian Foreign Secretary, commented on India-China relations based on his conversations with Chinese officials and analysts during his recent trip to Beijing. 

The Future Trajectory of India’s Oldest Partnership

Rakesh Sood, former Indian Ambassador to Nepal wrote about India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to France and the India-France strategic partnership.

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