Nuclear Legacies in the Marshall Islands
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Nuclear Legacies in the Marshall Islands



7 July 2023

This week, we publish the second video in our Pacific Islands Creative Competition, a documentary on the impact of nuclear testing in the Marshall Islands by Luisa Tuilau, based on her award-winning poem. The competition is part of APLN’s commitment to a more equal nuclear policy field, a commitment which we emphasise this week through releasing our official statement on diversity, equality and inclusion.

We also share the latest activities from our network, including Chinese views on recent developments in Russia, analysis of Thai politics, examination of tactical nuclear weapons, Australia-Indonesia relations, and emerging bloc dynamics.

Pacific Islands Creative Competition:
All the Way from Down Here


Through this video, Luisa Tuilau aims to strengthen advocacy action on victim assistance and environmental remediation for individuals and areas affected by nuclear weapons testing.

She shares the story of a family from the Marshall Islands, a country that have been used as a testing ground by nuclear-armed states, most notably the United States, from the 1940s to the 1990s. The mother, Brooke, and her two boys, recount the ongoing, tangible impacts they still endure till date as a result of nuclear weapons testing, as well as their hopes for the future.

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Pacific Islands Creative Competition:
Blood in the Water


Dorell Ben, a Gujarati-Rotuman artist and researcher from Fiji, explores themes of legacy, ancestry, and the ocean in “Blood in the Water,” the first in a series of videos produced by the winners of the APLN 2022 Pacific Islands Creative Competition on “Nuclear Weapons and the Climate Crisis.”  This powerful video complements her award-winning poem and art series titled “Blood in the Water.”

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At APLN, we continuously strive to improve diversity, equality, and inclusion (DEI) within our organisation, throughout our network, and in our research.

Our ambition is not only to address nuclear weapons risks but also to challenge structural and systemic biases in traditional security debates across the Asia-Pacific and in the wider nuclear policy community.

By serving as a platform for diverse analysis and perspectives, expanding our reach to new audiences, and injecting fresh ideas into stagnant policy discussions, we endeavor to combat discrimination and promote inclusivity in the policy community.

We remain committed to treating our staff, network members, and partners fairly, while opposing all forms of discrimination.

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APLN has over 130 members from 20 countries in the Asia-Pacific.
Each week we feature their latest contributions
to global and regional security debates.

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The Fatal Attraction of ‘Tactical’ Nuclear Weapons

Manpreet Sethi, APLN Senior Research Adviser, examines the appeal of tactical nuclear weapons and argues that there is nothing inherently tactical about nuclear weapons, as their potential for catastrophic consequences transcends considerations of yield, range, or target. The artificial distinction is a case of fatal attraction.

Near-neighbours: Australia-Indonesia Relations 25 years on from Suharto

Dewi Fortuna Anwar, Research Professor at the Research Centre for Politics-National Research and Innovation Agency (PRP-BRIN), has published a paper on Australia-Indonesia relations in the latest report titled ‘Indian Ocean Futures’ by the UWA Public Policy Institute.

Xi Weighs Up Support for Putin After Rebellion

Shen Dingli, Professor at the Institute of International Studies at Fudan University, was quoted in The Guardian, where he commented on how the Wagner incident was interpreted in China. He argues that it will increase Russia’s dependence on China, while Beijing will adopt a more cautious stance towards Russia.

Thailand Rejected the Old Ways

Kasit Piromya, former Foreign Minister of Thailand, writes on the result of Thailand’s election. He highlights that a significant majority of Thais rejected traditional conservative ideologies and embraced a new generation of politicians, arguing that now is the time for the establishment to allow the forces of change to take hold.

Emerging Bloc Dynamics 

Kim Won-soo, Chair of the international advisory board of the Taejae Academy, writes about how the evolving geopolitical dynamics among the world’s emerging blocs resemble but differ from those of the Cold War era. 

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