New Members, China-Russia Relations, and Missile Controls in East Asia
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New Members, China-Russia Relations, and Missile Controls in East Asia



30 July 2021




Dear Network Members and Colleagues,

This week we welcome new network members and feature a commentary on Russia-China relations by Dr. Igor Istomin, an APLN-Korea Times column by Dr. Tanya Ogilvie-White and Dr. Tanvi Kulkarni on the risks of a missiles race in East Asia, an upcoming conference supported by APLN on nuclear non-proliferation, a recent APLN webinar on Japan’s responses to nuclear threats in the region, plus member activities.





APLN Welcomes New Members

APLN is delighted to welcome our newest network members: Australia’s former Prime Minister and Chair of Beyond Blue, Julia Gillard; and former Senator for South Australia and Leader of the Australian Democrats and founding Chair of Our Watch, Natasha Stott Despoja.





In an APLN commentary published on 26 July, Dr. Igor Istomin, Associate Professor of Moscow State Institute of International Relations, discusses the recent extension of the Treaty of Good-Neighbourliness and Friendly Cooperation between China and Russia. He argues that both countries have strong incentives in deepening their cooperation without resorting to a formal, military alliance. Read more





Missile Controls in East Asia
In the latest APLN column for The Korea Times published on 28 July, APLN Senior Research Advisor, Dr. Tanya Ogilvie-White, and APLN Policy Fellow, Dr. Tanvi Kulkarni, examine the burgeoning missiles race in East Asia. As tensions rise, they argue that there is greater need for a robust and collaborative security-building approach to mitigate future risks and conflict. Read more





This week APLN policy fellows participated in the 2021 KAIST-NEREC Summer Fellows Program, an intensive short-term education and training course on nuclear non-proliferation to train and nurture next generation of experts and leaders. Sponsored by APLN and partners, the upcoming 2021 KAIST-NEREC Conference on Nuclear Nonproliferation will take place online from 3-5 August. APLN members will speak and APLN policy fellows and interns will take part. Read more





In Cased You Missed It:
Webinar on Assessing Northeast Asia Nuclear Domino: Japanese Responses

Earlier this month, APLN co-hosted a webinar on Japan’s response to nuclear threats in Northeast Asia, including threat assessments of China and the DPRK. APLN members discussed the perception of nuclear weapons use in Japan, the prospects of a Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zones, and the need for confidence building measures in Northeast Asia. Summaries of the discussions can be found here.





Why the Renewed Hotline between South and North Korea is a Big Deal
On 27 July, analyses on the renewed hotline between the ROK and DPRK by APLN Senior Associate Fellow, Jessica Lee, was published in Responsible Statecraft. She explains why the recent resumption of the communication hotline is important, and argues that improved inter-Korean relations could have implications for US-DPRK diplomacy. Read more68th Anniversary of the Korean War Armistice Agreement
On 27 July, APLN Senior Associate Fellow, Jessica Lee, was featured in a Quincy Institute produced video on the Korean Armistice Agreement and ending the Korean War. Remarks are made by Quincy Institute’s President, Andrew Bacevich; US Representative Ro Khanna; US Representative Andy Kim; and ROK Minister of Unification, Lee In-Young. Watch videoMoon Jae-In’s Stalled Odyssey to Peace in Korea
On 28 July, APLN Vice Chair and Professor Moon Chung-in was featured in The Diplomat. He discusses the challenges faced by the Moon Jae-in administration and its Korea Peace Initiative (KPI). Despite recent restoration of communication channels between the North and South, remaining uncertainties call for more creative diplomacy to improve inter-Korean relations. Read more


















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