Japan and the Nuclear Ban Treaty
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Japan and the Nuclear Ban Treaty



17 June 2022

This week, Abe Nobuyasu discusses how Japan can engage with the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) ahead of the upcoming First Meeting of the State Parties in Vienna. We also welcome three new APLN members, feature a newly published Korean version of our DPRK Cooperative Threat Reduction Plus report, and share recent activities from our network.

We are delighted to welcome our three newest members: Dr. Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan, Director of the Centre for Security, Strategy and Technology (CSST) at the Observer Research Foundation in New Delhi, India; John Borrie, Principal Adviser on Disarmament to the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade; and our first member from Timor-Leste, former Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dr. Dionisio Da Costa Babo Soares.

Grappling with the TPNW: options for Japan

Abe Nobuyasu, former Foreign Minister of Japan and former UN Under-Secretary-General for Disarmament Affairs, argues that Japan can still support the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons even if signing the treaty and renouncing US nuclear deterrence seems unlikely in the foreseeable future.

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평화를 위한 준비: 북한과의 협력적 위협 감소 플러스에
대한 정치적 및 재정적 고려 사항

APLN의 북한과의 협력적 위협 감소 플러스(CTR+)에 대한 보고서가 국문 출간되었습니다.

The report Preparing for Peace: Political and Financing Considerations for Cooperative Threat Reduction Plus with the DPRK by APLN policy fellows Elaine Natalie and Joel Petersson-Ivre is now available in Korean.

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Talking ASEAN on “Joe Biden’s One-Year Presidency and ASEAN-US Special Summit”

Dewi Fortuna Adwar discussed ASEAN expectations and perceptions of the United States under the first year of the Biden administration.

Women play a key role in preventing geopolitical conflict and the success of peacekeeping initiatives

Natasha Stott Despoja was interviewed by Melbourne Asia Review, where she spoke about the impact of great power competition on women, and how women and marginalised communities can contribute to peace.

USINDO & ASPI Special Open Forum with Dr. Marty Natalegawa

Marty Natalegawa spoke at the 31st Special Open Forum of the U.S.-Indonesia Society and the Asia Society Policy Institute on Indonesia’s role in ASEAN and the G20.

America’s Strategy: Unite to Divide

Fan Jishe wrote for China-US Focus on the US strategy for the Asia-Pacific, which he argues will divide the region.

Resurgence of N-dilemma

Shyam Saran wrote his regular column for The Tribune, asking how to manage deterrence when non-state actors are involved.

The Avoidable War: The dangers of a catastrophic conflict between the US and Xi Jinping’s China

On 24 June, Kevin Rudd will hold an event introducing his new book at London School of Economics and Political Science, School of Public Policy.

The Ukraine Stalemate: Dangers of Sleepwalking into Nuclear Armageddon

Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury cautioned how the war in Ukraine is slowly escalating towards the possible use of nuclear weapons.

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