NPT RevCon and the Way Forward
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NPT RevCon and the Way Forward



2 September 2022

This week, Carlos Sorreta assesses the implications of the failed NPT RevCon for the Asia-Pacific, our colleagues at the Nuclear Threat Initiative argue for strengthening biosecurity through a joint assessment mechanism, and we share member activities.

NPT Review Conference Failed to Reach Agreement:
Implications for our region

Carlos Sorreta discusses the implications for the Asia-Pacific of the NPT RevCon’s failure to produce a final agreement and outlines several actions that must be taken to not repeat the failure at the next RevCon.

Read the Korea Times Column

Establishing a Joint Assessment Mechanism for Enhanced Biosafety and Security

Angela Kane, Dr. Jaime Yassif, and Shayna Korol at the Nuclear Threat Initiative discuss the possibility of enhancing biosecurity and the Biological Weapons Convention through a new UN-centered Joint Assessment Mechanism.

Read the Commentary

Ten days left!
Nuclear Weapons and the Climate Crisis
Creative Competition

There are ten days left until the submission deadline closes for the Pacific Islands Creative Competition: “Nuclear Weapons and the Climate Crisis” (12 September 2022).

Submissions in all creative formats are encouraged and prizes include $1000 and opportunities for the winners to showcase their work.

The competition is part of APLN’s project Nuclear Disarmament and the Anthropocene: Voices from Pacific Island Countries.

Read about the competition

APLN at the 2022 Jeju Forum for Peace & Prosperity

On 13-14 September, the 2022 Jeju Forum for Peace & Prosperity will be held in Jeju, South Korea.For the third year in a row, the event will feature a joint APLN-Jeju Peace Institute session titled “Preventing Nuclear War Through Crisis Management: What We Can Learn From the Cuban Missile Crisis Today.” Moderated by Ambassador Sook Kim, panel speakers include APLN Executive Director Shata Shetty, Mariana Budjeryn, Geun-wook Lee, Jon Wolfsthal, and Susan Koch.

View the Jeju Forum program

Is Russia Responsible for No Consensus at Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Meet?

C Uday Bhaskar, Director of the Society for Policy Studies (SPS), discusses the factors that led to the divisions between States at the NPT RevCon, and the eventual failure to reach a final consensus.

India’s G20 Presidency in a Time of Global Political Fracture

Manpreet Sethi, Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for Air Power Studies, identifies two domains in which New Delhi can use its leadership to introduce its own ‘middle path’ philosophy and values, as India assumes the G20 presidency.

The Status Quo Won’t Save Us From the Next Pandemic

Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand, summarises five interlinked lines of action that the global community needs to take to prevent the next pandemic threat from devastating the planet once again.

The Non-proliferation Regime in Crisis

Han Yong-sup, Professor of Korea National Defense University, writes about the impact of the war in Ukraine and North Korea’s nuclear test on the NPT Review Conference, arguing that the future of the non-proliferation regime does not look bright.

Kevin Rudd and C. Raja Mohan on the Future of U.S.-China Relations

Kevin Rudd, former Australian Prime Minister, discussed the broader implications of current and future relations between the U.S. and China with C. Raja Mohan, Senior Fellow at the Asia Society Policy Institute.



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