Southern Asia and Disruptive Technologies
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Southern Asia and Disruptive Technologies



8 September 2022

This week we feature a new APLN policy brief by Rabia Akhtar highlighting the technological risks to nuclear deterrence in Southern Asia. Manpreet Sethi analyzes the failure of the recent NPT Review Conference. We make a final call for entries to our Pacific Islands competition, highlight our upcoming session at the 2022 Jeju Forum for Peace and Prosperity, and feature new member activities.

Technological Determinism and Challenges to Deterrence in Southern Asia

With rapid scientific developments and technological advancements translating into new advanced military capabilities, Rabia Akhtar, Director of the Centre for Security, Strategy and Policy Research at the University of Lahore, argues that India and Pakistan must initiate a bilateral dialogue to minimise instability and strengthen mutual deterrence.

Read the Policy Brief

‘Cornerstone’ Cornered by the P-5

Dr Manpreet Sethi, APLN board member and Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for Air Power Studies in New Delhi, discusses how expanding nuclear arsenals, nuclear modernization drives, and divisions among the five official nuclear powers combined to sink the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference.

Read the Commentary

Last Call!
Nuclear Weapons and the Climate Crisis
Creative Competition

There are just a few 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 the APLN project, Nuclear Disarmament and the Anthropocene: Voices from Pacific Island Countries.

Read about the competition

APLN at the 2022 Jeju Forum for Peace & Prosperity

APLN will be participating in next week’s 2022 Jeju Forum for Peace & Prosperity at a joint APLN-Jeju Peace Institute session entitled, “Preventing Nuclear War Through Crisis Management: What We Can Learn From the Cuban Missile Crisis Today.” Moderated by Ambassador Sook Kim, the event will feature presentations by:

  • Geunwook Lee, Professor of political science at Sogang University and 
  • Mariana Budjeryn, Senior Research Associate with the Project on Managing the Atom (MTA) at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center.

APLN Executive Director Shata Shetty, Global Zero senior adviser and former senior director at the National Security Council for arms control and nonproliferation Jon Wolfsthal, and Research Director at the Jeju Peace Institute, Alec Chung will offer reactions.

View the Jeju Forum program

India’s Space Priorities Are Shifting Toward National Security

Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan, Director of the Centre for Security, wrote on India’s changing space priorities, with greater focus on national security, reflected in its technological developments and new partnerships including Quad.

Understanding Kim Jong-un’s North Korea: Regime Dynamics, Negotiation, and Engagement

APLN Vice Chair Chung-in Moon has co-edited a book with Robert Carlin on the Kim Jong-un regime. Understanding Kim Jong-un’s North Korea:Regime Dynamics, Negotiation, and Engagement is constructed to provide the reader with deep insight into North Korea, illustrating how the Kim Jong-un regime addresses the various key policy challenges it faces. 

Rethinking Defence

C. Raja Mohan, Senior Fellow at the Asia Society Policy Institute, writes on India and Japan’s efforts to boost deterrence against China, as India’s defence and foreign ministers head to Tokyo this week for talks with their Japanese counterparts in the 2+2 dialogue.

Giants of Australian democracy join ANU

Natasha Stott Despoja, founding chair of Our Watch and former Senator for South Australia, has been appointed Professor in the Practice of Politics at the Australian National University College of Arts and Social Sciences.



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