New Grants Boost APLN Work on Strategic Risks
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New Grants Boost APLN Work on Strategic Risks



16 June 2023

This week, we are happy to share that APLN has successfully secured two new grants for the China-US-Asia Dialogue, and our project on Strategic Risks in the Asia-Pacific. These two projects represent complementary efforts by APLN to address strategic security issues in the Asia-Pacific from a wide array of perspectives, including by drawing on the knowledge and expertise of our senior network.

Also, in case you missed it, we share a report and a video-poem from our ongoing project Voices from the Pacific Islands, as well as activities from our network.

APLN receives grant to continue the China-US-Asia Dialogue

The Asia-Pacific Leadership Network has received a two-year grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, to continue our work on building an inclusive dialogue platform for Chinese, US, and Asia-Pacific experts to discuss the US-China security dilemma.

The second year of the project will explore the US-China relationship in the context of wider Asia-Pacific security dynamics. Through constructive engagement with APLN’s senior network, the project will strengthen the understanding among regional stakeholders of how regional dynamics impact and are impacted by China-US relations.

Read more about the project

APLN and ELN receive continued funding to explore
Asia-Pacific Strategic Risks

In cooperation with the European Leadership Network, APLN has successfully secured a grant from the UK Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office to continue our work on strategic risks in the Asia-Pacific.

The project will address regional perceptions of potential escalation scenarios in the Taiwan Strait and on the Korean Peninsula. The project will build on a forthcoming report that details Australian, Japanese, South Korean and UK perspectives on strategic risks in the Asia-Pacific.

Read more about the project

The APLN project “Nuclear Disarmament and the Anthropocene” amplifies voices from Pacific Island Countries that highlight the inequities and injustices of nuclear weapons policies and practices that exacerbate existential risks, including climate change.

The Pacific’s Nuclear Legacy in the Context of the Climate Crisis

Milla Vaha, Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Affairs at the University of the South Pacific, maps consequences of atomic testing in the Pacific and its relationship to climate change.

By seeking recognition for nuclear and climatic existential threats, the Pacific Island Countries and Territories can claim the compensation owed to them by the powers that chose their territories as their nuclear playground.

Read the special report

The video poem Blood in the Water by Dorell Ben is a part of APLN’s project to promote Pacific Island perspectives on nuclear disarmament.

APLN has more than 130 members from 20 countries in the Asia-Pacific. Below we feature some of their contributions to security debates in the region and beyond.

The latest APLN member activities can be found on the APLN website.

See all member activities



Can Germany Help India Overcome Its Submarine Troubles?

Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan, Director of the Centre for Security, Strategy, and Technology, analyses the newly announced submarine deal between India and Germany, and the implications for naval balance of power in the Indian Ocean. 

Gareth Evans: the case for recognising Palestine

Gareth Evans, former Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Distinguished Honorary Professor, Australian National University, argues that Australia should recognise Palestine’s statehood.

Reclaiming ASEAN’s comprehensive and cooperative security

Mely Caballero-Anthony, Professor of International Relations at S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies argues that for analysts and policymakers in Southeast Asia who try to navigate the infected US-China relationship, development imperatives trump bandwagoning and containment.

What kind of dialogue?

Tong Zhao, Senior Fellow at the Nuclear Policy Program of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, urges scholars in China, the United States and other countries to pursue dialogue on their different interpretations of international law.

India’s call for reformed multilateralism in G20

C Uday Bhaskar, Director of the Society for Policy Studies (SPS), New Delhi, argues that India’s time as president of the G20 gives Delhi a chance to bolster the credibility of multilateralism.

Appeal to new approaches to the North Korea problem in the current threatening international constellation

Chung-in Moon, APLN vice-chair, spoke at the Korea Europe Center (KEC)  Human Security Forum, underlining the urgency of finding a new way to approach the North Korea problems, not to enhance the threat, and to come back to the course towards peace on the Korean peninsula.

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