New Members, NFU Policy, DPRK Challenges, and NEA-NWFZ
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New Members, NFU Policy, DPRK Challenges, and NEA-NWFZ



16 July 2021




Dear Network Members and Colleagues,

This week we welcome new network members, and feature two commentaries by former Italian Ambassador Carlos Trezza and Professor Eunjung Lim of Kongju National University, an APLN-Korea Times column by former Mongolian Ambassador Enkhsaikhan Jargalsaikhan, plus member activities.





Leaders and Experts Join the APLN 

APLN warmly welcomes four new members to its network: UPSC Member and former Indian Ambassador Sujata Mehta; former Indian Foreign Secretary and Ambassador Shyam Saran; former Indian Foreign Secretary and Ambassador Nirupama Rao; and APLN Senior Associate Fellow and Professor at Hitotsubashi University, Dr. Nobumasa Akiyama.





On 12 July, former Ambassador for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation in Geneva, Carlos Trezza, addresses the significance of the Joint Statement on Strategic Stability made by the US and Russia. He provides a historical overview of Asia’s commitments to the No-First-Use policy, and suggests that renewed interest can lay the foundations for future arms control and risk reduction measures. Read more

On 14 July, Professor Eunjung Lim of Kongju National University’s commentary on DPRK nuclear challenges was published. She analyzes the Biden Administration’s “calibrated practical approach” to the DPRK, and assesses its reluctance to engage with the US. She recommends that world leaders meet to narrow down policy gaps, and implement an incremental approach. Read more





Need for Nuclear-Weapon-Free Northeast Asia

In the latest APLN column for The Korea Times published on 8 July, APLN member and former Ambassador of Mongolia, Enkhsaikhan Jargalsaikhan, discusses the possibility of a Northeast Asian Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone through the “3+3 formula” and Mongolia’s potential leading role. He argues that it is important to work with peer civil society organizations in working to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula. Read more








Why Pyongyang Won’t Pursue Dialogue with US
On 12 July, APLN Vice Chair and Professor Moon Chung-in wrote for The Hankyoreh. He addresses the complexities of strained DPRK-US relations. He emphasizes that a more flexible and pragmatic approach from the US, a willingness to compromise from the DPRK, and creative diplomacy from the ROK is needed for greater dialogue and to mitigate future crises. Read moreNuclear Deterrence and Stability in South Asia
On 12 July, APLN Board Member and Dr. Manpreet Sethi wrote for the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies on a recent report published by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS). She argues that nuclear deterrence and stability in South Asia cannot be perceived through a sub-regional lens alone, given that lack of dialogue, risks of misperceptions, and unregulated technological advancements afflict all nuclear dyads. Read moreAPLN Advisors to the “Coalition for 3 + 3”
APLN congratulates the launch of “Coalition for 3 + 3,” a proposed treaty between Japan and the Korean Peninsula to create a nuclear-weapon-free zone with negative security assurances guaranteed by the US, China, and Russia. APLN Vice Chair Moon Chung-in, Executive Director Shata Shetty, Research Director Peter Hayes, and Board Member Tatsujiro Suzuki are advisors to the C3+3. Read more


















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