Reducing Risks in the China-India-Pakistan Nuclear Dynamic
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Reducing Risks in the China-India-Pakistan Nuclear Dynamic



26 August 2022

This week, we welcome Rhea Moss-Christian as a new member, Manpreet Sethi explores the nuclear chain dynamic in Southern Asia, Jingdong Yuan writes on the thirty years of relations between China and South Korea, and APLN prepares for the 2022 Jeju Forum.

We are honored to welcome Rhea Moss-Christian as our latest member, and the first APLN member from the Marshall Islands.

Ms Moss-Christian is a former Chair of the Marshall Islands National Nuclear Commission, a government entity established in 2017 to address the outstanding impacts of the US nuclear weapons testing program in the Marshall Islands.

Read Moss-Christian’s Bio

Contemporary Nuclear Dynamics in Southern Asia:
Many Challenges, Few Possibilities 

Manpreet Sethi explores the nuclear chain dynamic in Southern Asia and explains how to strengthen strategic stability in the region through confidence-building, transparency measures, and joint initiatives between China, India, and Pakistan.

Read the Policy Brief

Mutual Respect? China-South Korea Relations at 30

Jingdong Yuan assesses the state of the bilateral relationship between China and South Korea on the 30th anniversary of their diplomatic relations. Yuan explains how both countries can manage their bilateral relationship in an increasingly fraught geopolitical environment.

Read the Commentary

Job Opportunity: Graphic Designer

We are looking for a new part-time Graphic Designer to join the APLN team. The deadline is 30 August and we welcome all Asia-Pacific-based applicants.

To apply and for more information on the role please contact Yoon-soo Kim at

Read the job description

Extended deadline:
Nuclear Weapons and the Climate Crisis
Creative Competition

Good news! We are extending the submission deadline for our Pacific Islands Creative Competition: “Nuclear Weapons and the Climate Crisis” to 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 our new 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.

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. This will be the third year in a row for APLN and the Jeju Peace Institute to host a joint session.

Panelists will discuss the Cuban Missile Crisis in general, reasons for avoiding a nuclear war between the U.S. and China, and the situation in the Taiwan Strait. The experts will also reflect on the situation in the Korean Peninsula, the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and inter-state crisis management measures with the aim of avoiding nuclear wars.

View the Jeju Forum program

On 24 August, the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research published a report by former US Ambassador Lewis Dunn, titled “The Disarmament, Arms Control, and Non-Proliferation Implications of the Invasion of Ukraine”.

APLN Senior Research Adviser Tanya Ogilvie-White contributed her comments to the report.

Read the UNIDIR report

New Delhi’s Balancing Act

C Raja Mohan, Senior Fellow at the Asia Society Policy Institute, explains how India must find a balance in managing its relationship with China, Russia, and the United States.

Will Nagasaki be the last city ever to experience a nuclear attack?

Moon Chung-in, Chairman of the Sejong Institute, recounts his experiences at the 77th anniversary ceremony commemorating the atomic bombing of Nagasaki in a column published by Hankyoreh.

Khan, the Bomb, and the Struggle for Democracy in Pakistan

Sadia Tasleem, writes for South Asian Voices on the state of nuclear discourse in Pakistan after the recent vote of no confidence against Prime Minister Khan.

Wake-up Call For ‘Nuke Five’

Kim Won-soo, former Under Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, argues that the nuclear states must work together to come up with a collective plan to keep non-nuclear states from developing their own nuclear deterrents.

India Sending Troops to Russian Vostok 2022 Exercise

Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan, Director of the Centre for Security, points out that ongoing participation in Russian military exercises puts India in a unique position, as its relations with the U.S. and the Quad also continue to deepen.

Is China Changing How It Sees the World?

Kevin Rudd, former Australian Prime Minister, was hosted by The Foreign Affairs Interview podcast to discuss Xi Jinping’s China, its confrontation with America, and how China sees itself and its role on the global stage.



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