Six Lessons from the Pacific Islands
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Six Lessons from the Pacific Islands



17 June 2024

This week at APLN, Tanvi Kulkarni and Elaine Natalie present six key insights from APLN’s project on nuclear disarmament and the Pacific Islands, and we share a reminder about our upcoming webinar on the climate-nuclear-geopolitical nexus in the Pacific. 

As always, we bring you recent activities from our network, including analysis on India’s elections, China’s nuclear thinking, and diplomacy and dialogue as statecraft.

In this project report, Tanvi Kulkarni and Elaine Natalie share insights from APLN’s project, Voices from Pacific Island Countries. Based on publications, events, and research commissioned during the project period, Kulkarni and Natalie identify six key themes of the project:

  • The looming threat of the climate-nuclear-security nexus on Pacific Island communities
  • The impact of US-China rivalry on Pacific solidarity and foreign policy
  • The need for greater representation of Pacific perspectives
  • The importance of nuclear justice and how it should be pursued
  • How to build trust and engagement across the region
  • The crucial role of women in fighting for a nuclear-free Pacific

Read the Special Report

In case you missed it:
APLN Infographics on Nuclear Disarmament and the Pacific Islands

Click on the infographic to see the full document.

Online only | Wednesday, June 19 from 1:00pm to 2:15pm KST

Join us on June 19 from 1:00pm to 2:15pm KST for a webinar exploring the interplay of climate change, nuclear policies and practices, and geopolitical dynamics in the Pacific. The event will feature a panel of Pacific experts and a discussion on the findings from our “Voices from Pacific Island Countries: Nuclear Disarmament and the Anthropocene” project.

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APLN has over 150 members from 22 countries in the Asia-Pacific.
Each week we feature their latest contributions
to global and regional security debates.

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Promoting Amity: Diplomacy and Dialogue as Statecrafts in a Fragmented World

Marty Natalegawa, APLN Chair and former Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs, delivered an RSIS Distinguished Public Lecture on ‘Promoting Amity: Diplomacy and Dialogue as Statecrafts in a Fragmented World.’

The Consequences of India’s Election Surprise

Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan, Director of the Centre for Security, Strategy and Technology (CSST) at the Observer Research Foundation, wrote for The Diplomat on India’s 2024 election and analysed its implications for Indian domestic and foreign policy.

India’s Shock Election Result Shows Democracy Is Still Thriving

C Uday Bhaskar, Director of the Society for Policy Studies (SPS), New Delhi, wrote for South China Morning Post and highlighted that while the BJP’s underperformance shocked supporters and observers, Indian voters have restored hope in the country’s democratic process.

A Reboot at G7

C. Raja Mohan, Senior Fellow at the Asia Society Policy Institute, wrote for The Indian Express about PM Modi’s first trip abroad in his third term and argued that it is a chance to reconnect and reboot the relations with the leaders of the West at the meeting of the G7.

Understanding China’s Nuclear Thinking

Tong Zhao, Senior Fellow at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, was featured on the program INFOCUS With Ejaz Haider at Centre for Security, Strategy and Policy Research (CSSPR), where he commented on China’s nuclear strategy and thinking, including its commitment to no first use and the increase in its nuclear capabilities.

International Security and Nuclear Weapons in the Flux of Global Security Dynamics

On June 16, APLN members Manpreet Sethi and Nobumasa Akiyama will participate in an event held by the Hiroshima Organization for Global Peace (HOPe) to discuss the complexity and interactivity of regional security and the influence of nuclear weapons on both regional and global scales. RSVP for online participants.

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