KT-APLN Essay Winners and Other Developments
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KT-APLN Essay Winners and Other Developments



26 November 2021




Dear Network Members and Colleagues,

This week, the APLN publishes a commentary by Emmanuelle Maître on how to regulate missile proliferation in the Asia-Pacific, and Angela Woodward writes for the KT-APLN Column about UN disarmament debates. We also share the winning essays of the 2021 Korea Times-APLN Essay Contest and the latest activities from our network.





We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 Korea Times-APLN Essay Contest for graduate and undergraduate students, supported by the ROK Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Based on the theme of “Youth, Disarmament, and Peace in the Asia-Pacific Region,” contestants were asked to write on international nuclear governance and emerging nuclear trends.

On 26 November, the winners attended an award ceremony both online and offline at The Korea Times office in Seoul. APLN Vice-Chair Chung-in Moon delivered congratulatory remarks and presented the awards, and APLN Senior Research Adviser Tanya Ogilvie-White delivered remarks on behalf of the judging committee.

Read the winning essays here:

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Award:
“Communicating peace – how a reengagement with the Cold War’s first confidence building measure can pave the way for a denuclearised Asia-Pacific”
Philip Chennery, graduate student at the SOAS University of London

The Korea Times Award:
“The AUKUS nuclear submarine deal: evident harms and future-proof solutions”
Lee Sang-ou, undergraduate student at the Korea National Open University

The Asia-Pacific Leadership Network Award:
“The Ethical Dilemma of Nuclear Weapons: Hegemony, Security Dilemma and continued Stalemate”
Miriam Astrid Machado Rieback, graduate student at the Korea University

Honorable mentions:
Lee Yoon-ki from Hanyang University
Jamie Withorne from University of Oslo
Dustin Edward Hinkley from American University





Regulating Missile Competition in the Asia-Pacific




On 25 November, Emmanuelle Maître, Research Fellow at the Foundation for Strategic Research, wrote on the need for implementing the Hague Code of Conduct in order to regulate missile competition in the Asia-Pacific through confidence-building measures.



Read the Commentary



Debating nuclear disarmament at UN First Committee




On 24 November, APLN Board Member Angela Woodward wrote for the Korea Times-APLN column about the annual meeting of the UN General Assembly First Committee and the debates about nuclear disarmament that took place there.



Read the Korea Times-APLN Column



Border Openings Could Signal an Indian-Pakistani Thaw
On 17 November, APLN Member C. Raja Mohan, director of the National University of Singapore’s Institute of South Asian Studies, discussed Indian-Pakistani relations and the easing of border restrictions between the two countries in a column with the Foreign PolicyRead more (paywall).




Nuclear weapons back ‘in’ as countries up stakes in complex global tussle
On 22 November, APLN Senior Research Adviser Tanya Ogilvie-White and APLN Board Member Angela Woodward,​ who is deputy executive director of non-profit Verification Research, Training and Information Centre (Vertic)​, were quoted in a special report by Stuff National correspondent Lucy Craymer. Read more.




Press the Button: Why is China expanding its nuclear arsenal?
On 24 November, APLN Board Member Tong Zhao, senior fellow at the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center for Global Policy, appeared on Ploughshares podcast Press the Button, where he spoke about the drivers of China’s nuclear arms build-up. Read more


















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