Multilateral Mechanisms, Chinese Missile Silos and Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki
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Multilateral Mechanisms, Chinese Missile Silos and Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki



13 August 2021




Dear Network Members and Colleagues,

This week’s newsletter features a commentary on multilateral mechanisms to address security challenges in Northeast Asia, Pulse analyses on Chinese missile silos and the 76th anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings, information about upcoming events with UNIDIR and Wilton Park, and member activities.





In a recent APLN commentary, Professor James Goodby, former US diplomat, and Mr. Markku Heiskanen, former Finnish diplomat, discuss the need to build multilateral mechanisms to mitigate tensions in Northeast Asia. They assess historical agreements that have been used to remove distrust between the DPRK, South Korea, and the US, and argue that more dialogue can address current security challenges. Read more





APLN members and experts offer timely and incisive analyses on new policy developments in the Asia-Pacific. This week features two commentaries: the first on recent revelations that China has been constructing new missile silo fields, and the second marking the 76th Anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Bombings.




Mr. Andrey Baklitskiy, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of International Studies of MGIMO University; Dr. David Santoro, President of the Pacific Forum; Dr. Ta Mihn Tuan, Associate Professor at the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam; and Dr. Tanya Ogilvie-White, Senior Research Adviser at the Asia-Pacific Leadership Network and Senior Fellow at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Australian National University, assess the strategic implications of China’s recent construction of missile silo fields. Read more




Dr. Masao Tomonaga, Honorary Director of the Japanese Red Cross Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Hospital; Mr. Max McCoy, an Award-winning author, journalist, and investigative biographer; Ms. Masako Toki, Senior Project Manager and Research Associate at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies; and Ms. Lucy Stewart, Programme Manager at the Disarmament and Security Centre in Christchurch, Aotearoa, New Zealand, share their thoughts on the anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings. Read more





On 25 August, UNIDIR’s Innovations Dialogue event will take place, focusing on “Deepfakes, Trust, and International Security.” Through moderated panels, this one day event will explore how algorithmically generated synthetic visual and textual media is created and disseminated, and examine how it could erode trust and present novel risks for international security and stability. More information can be found here.





In Cased You Missed It:
Virtual Conference on Pathways for Expanding Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy and Nuclear Technology in Southeast Asia

Earlier this month between 3-5 August, Wilton Park, convened virtual meetings on the issue of peaceful uses of nuclear technology in the context of the UNS SDGs with experts across industries from the Southeast Asian region. This conference emphasized the link between the NPT and peaceful uses assistance to understand how NPT States Parties can safely use nuclear technologies.





What is Driving China’s Nuclear Buildup?
On 5 August, Dr. Tong Zhao, APLN Board Member and Senior Fellow at Nuclear Policy Program, wrote a commentary for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He elaborates on China’s nuclear arsenal, and argues that geopolitics is the driving factor behind China’s nuclear modernization.  Read moreReprioritizing Counterterrorism in BRICS Agenda
On 5 August, an essay by APLN Policy Fellow, Dr. Tanvi Kulkarni, was published in The Future of BRICS, produced by the BRICS Think Tank Council and Observer Research Foundation. She explores how the BRICS can strengthen its cooperation, especially in the areas of counterterrorism and combatting violent extremism. Read more


















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