North Korea's Lessons from the War in Ukraine
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North Korea's Lessons from the War in Ukraine



7 October 2022

This week, Alexandre Mansourov discusses the real lessons North Korea’s leaders have taken from the war in Ukraine and Russia’s setbacks, explaining what those lessons entail for North Korea’s nuclear weapons posture and the Korean Peninsula. Andhika Prawira analyses the unique proliferation risks of small modular reactor technology. We’re looking for a graphic designer to join APLN’s team, and we highlight some of our members’ activities.

Birds of a Feather:
Thoughts on Pyongyang’s Lessons from the War in Ukraine

Alexandre Mansourov, Adjunct Associate Professor with the Center for Security Studies at Georgetown University, discusses the real lessons North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and his generals have taken from the Ukraine war as it unfolds (and not to Russia’s advantage). Among other likely responses, his brief argues that the war may see Pyongyang prioritizing tactical nuclear weapons development while further complicating talks to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.

The brief is published under the “Reducing the Risk of Nuclear Weapons Use in Northeast Asia” (NU-NEA) project, a collaboration between APLN, the Research Center for Nuclear Weapons Abolition, Nagasaki University (RECNA), and Nautilus Institute.

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Small Modular Reactors:
Addressing Security and Safeguards Challenges

Andhika Yudha Prawira, a scholar at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), assesses the various unique security and nuclear safeguards challenges inherent to an emerging field of nuclear energy technology: small modular reactors (SMRs).

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APLN is now accepting applications for the position of Graphic Designer. This person will be a critical part of our team, responsible for helping to drive the creative direction of APLN campaigns. Candidates should have a flair for typography, layout, and art direction to produce the best work possible. Applications can be forwarded to

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Shifting Sands of Geopolitics: Competition and Cooperation in South Asia

Nirupama Rao, former Indian Foreign Secretary, is featured on ‘The Mansarovar Podcast’ discussing how the shifting sands of geopolitics in the Southern Asia region can be better navigated to promote the shared interests of India, Nepal, Bhutan, and Bangladesh.

Today’s balance of terror between US, NK more unstable than Cold War

Cheong Wook-Sik, Director of the Hankyoreh Peace Institute, points out that the balance of terror on the Korean Peninsula is very unstable due to a lack of suitable communication channels and an abundance of bluster. 

At IAEA, India Supports AUKUS

Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan, Director of the Centre for Security, Strategy, and Technology, writes in The Diplomat of India’s proactive engagement at the IAEA’s general conference on the Australia-United Kingdom-United States (AUKUS) agreement in the face of Russian and Chinese opposition.

Deeper into the mire

Shyam Saran, former Foreign Secretary of India, writes “The decree signed by President Putin a few days ago — to annex Donbas — looks more like a desperate gambit rather than a celebration of success” in The Tribune.

China’s Future: What it Means for Asia and the World

Kevin Rudd, former Australian Prime Minister, delivered a keynote address and joined former US Secretary of State and National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger in a conversation at the Asia Society.

With reverses in Ukraine, Putin’s options are shrinking

C. Raja Mohan, Senior Fellow at the Asia Society Policy Institute, argues in The Indian Express that Moscow’s options in its war on Ukraine boil down to escalation, and warns that the prospect of Russia using nuclear weapons in Ukraine is high.



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