January 29, 2020
Dear Network Members and Colleagues,
We would like to share with you the latest APLN column in The Korea Times by APLN Chair and former Australian Foreign Minister Gareth Evans’s “Restoring US Credibility, Soft Power.”
In his letter to President Biden, Chair Evans addresses the challenges that the international community faces and the role that American leadership will play in providing practical solutions to global public goods problems such as climate change, pandemics, and nuclear war.
He highlights the biggest single foreign policy challenge that President Biden will face “will be navigating a modus vivendi with China” and offers advice on how to moderate China’s behavior and to focus on areas where China can play a constructive and potentially cooperative role.
On nuclear weapons, he calls on the President to set his sights higher and get serious about nuclear disarmament. Important steps include adopting nuclear risk reduction measures such as de-alerting nuclear weapons and the “no first use” doctrinal policy.