Rebuild Arms Control and Disarmament
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Rebuild Arms Control and Disarmament


1 July 2022

This week, Abe Nobuyasu provides a Japanese perspective on the impact of the war in Ukraine on arms control, disarmament, and non-proliferation, Ramesh Thakur discusses how the nuclear ban treaty supports the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty’s disarmament agenda. Eva Lisowski highlights hypothetical cases of nuclear weapons use in Northeast Asia, and Kasit Piromya comments on lost opportunities to call for peace in Ukraine at the First Meeting of the States Parties of the TPNW. Finally, Anum A Khan analyses the concerning context of the accidental Indian missile launch in March.

Whither Nuclear Arms Control and Disarmament After Ukraine? A Japanese Perspective

Abe Nobuyasu, offers a Japanese perspective on the harmful impact of the war in Ukraine on arms control, disarmament and nonproliferation and how to  rebuild these efforts.
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Preventing Nuclear Weapons Use in Northeast Asia:
What Lessons Can We Learn?

Eva Lisowski, APLN associate fellow, discusses scenarios of nuclear weapons use in Northeast Asia at the Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons.
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The Journey from Nuclear Non-Proliferation to Prohibition and Disarmament

Ramesh Thakur asks whether the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) has exhausted its potential for advancing the cause of nuclear disarmament, and how the TPNW is a means to redress this limitation, strengthen the NPT and complete its disarmament agenda.

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The commentary is an edited version of Ramesh Thakur’s remarks at the launch event of The Nuclear Ban Treaty: A Transformational Reframing of the Global Nuclear Order (Routledge, 2022) hosted by the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation on Friday 24 June 2022.

War in Ukraine: Lesson on Why the World Should Ban Nuclear Arms

Kasit Piromya, former Foreign Minister of Thailand, writes for the APLN-Korea Times column, and regrets that the First Meeting of the States Parties did not call for a ceasefire in the Russia-Ukraine war.

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Indian missile crisis: from Pakistan

Anum A Khan, Associate Director at Centre for International Strategic Studies (CISS) Islamabad, assesses India’s accidental launch of a Brahmos cruise missile into Pakistan in March, arguing that deterrence instability in South Asia will not only endanger the US Indo-Pacific strategy but global peace and security if not urgently addressed.

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35th Asia-Pacific Roundtable: Nuclear rearmament rerun of the arms race?

APLN members Dell Higgie, Tong Zhao, and Manpreet Sethi will join the 35th Asia-Pacific Roundtable, organised by ISIS Malaysia, to discuss how recent unilateral decisions by nuclear-weapon states in Asia-Pacific to modernise and rearm their deterrence capabilities have reignited concerns of a new nuclear arms race.

Former foreign secretary Shyam Saran elected new president of India International Centre

Shyam Saran, former foreign secretary of India was unanimously elected as the new president of the India International Centre.



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