Mitigating Nuclear Risks: Deterrence, Disarmament, and Hotlines
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Mitigating Nuclear Risks: Deterrence, Disarmament, and Hotlines


March 11, 2021

Dear Network Members and Colleagues,

We would like to share with you APLN interim Executive Director Shata Shetty’sDeterrence and Disarmament” commentary published in The Korea Times. Ms. Shetty discusses the concept of nuclear risk across the spectrum of deterrence and disarmament.

She argues that a fact-based humanitarian discourse is necessary in tackling nuclear risks and eliminate nuclear weapons and that more can be done to mitigate and build a shared understanding of risk between disarmament and deterrence advocates.



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Hotline Between Two Koreas: Status, Limitations and Future Task

On 8 March, a new special report was published written by APLN Vice-Chair, Professor Chung-in Moon and Institute for North Korean Studies Research Fellow Seung-Chan Boo on the hotline between the DPRK and ROK.

The authors provide a historical overview of the inter-Korean hotline and assess its present status. They argue that the hotline is an important confidence-building measure and has played a key role in not only preventing accidental military clashes and unintended conflict escalation but in facilitating exchange and cooperation between the two Koreas. They recommend that:

  • The issue of the hotline should be incorporated as an integral part of nuclear negotiations.
  • Every effort must be made to restore broken communication lines between Seoul and Pyongyang.
  • The DPRK’s communications infrastructure must be modernized and upgraded with the adoption of the CATALINK hotline considered.



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The DPRK’s COVID-19 Outbreak and its Response

On 3 March, APLN co-published a special report by Professor Shin Young-jeon of the Hanyang University School of Medicine on the impacts of COVID-19 on DPRK. Professor Shin assesses the DPRK’s response to the pandemic and offers a range of policy recommendations for the two Koreas and the international community including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Maintaining stable management of the COVID-19 epidemic by establishing more open and cooperative relationships with the international community;
  • Strengthening the system in place for quarantine to resume international trade and tourism;
  • Improving inter-Korean relations and expansion of exchanges; and
  • Expanding transparency and accuracy of information related to COVID-19 and international exchange.



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Celebrating Women in International Security
The APLN celebrates International Women’s Day by recognizing the significant contribution of our female network members, affiliates, and staff. Important APLN contributions to the nuclear disarmament discourse include the following.





Network Members’ Activities
Moon Chung-in’s Future Scenario
On 8 March, APLN Vice-Chair and Professor Chung-in Moon published a new book titled, Moon Chung-in’s Future Scenario: Covid-19, U.S.-China New Cold War and South Korea’s Options. Professor Moon discusses the unprecedented challenges of Covid-19 that augments the U.S.-China confrontations on the world order. His analyses of global order and security provides an outlook on paths that Korea should choose amidst uncertainty. The book is available in Korean here.



















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