Special Feature on the Ban Treaty and Member Activities
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Special Feature on the Ban Treaty and Member Activities


February 26, 2021

Dear Network Members and Colleagues,

We would like to share with you our special feature on the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) in recognition of its entry into force on 22 January 2021.

Also known as the “ban treaty,” the TPNW is an important development in global nuclear diplomacy. Prior to the adoption of the TPNW by the United Nations in 2017, the APLN gathered signatures of 50 members in a statement that called to action countries in the Asia-Pacific to support the aims of the ban treaty.

Since 2017, the APLN continued to examine the issues and challenges surrounding the world’s commitment to ban the use, threat of use, or possession of nuclear weapons. This is a special edition newsletter to showcase the work that we have done in recent years.



On the Ban Treaty



Past Events and Reports

The APLN has held various workshops and events on the ban treaty.

Held on 24 March 2018, the aim of “Closing the Gap: Harmonizing the NPT and the Nuclear Ban Treaty” was to work to enhance convergence between the NPT and ban treaty to positively influence the 2020 NPT Review Conference and strengthen the global disarmament and non-proliferation regime. A final report was jointly prepared along with several policy briefs written by APLN members.

A Southeast Asia regional meeting was held on 25 November 2017 to discuss the implications of the nuclear ban treaty and the future of the global nuclear non-proliferation regime and DPRK nuclear and missile developments.



Read Report



Policy Briefs

Over the years, the APLN has provided in-depth, authoritative research and analyses for experts and policymakers on the TPNW. Please find below several policy briefs on the ban treaty.





APLN’s Korea Times Essay Contest Winner Piece on TPNW
As part of the APLN’s aims to promote and engage the next generation of youth and professionals, we share with you a piece by APLN-Korea Times Essay Contest First Place Winner, Dong-Suk Yoo, on “Republic of Korea and Japan: Prospect for Signing the TPNW.



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Network Member Activities
Hopes and Fears about Biden’s North Korean Policy
On 10 February, APLN Vice-Chair and Professor Chung-in Moon’s third interview with The Asia Times was published. In this piece, Prof Moon shares his thoughts on DPRK’s regime survival throughout the years and the pandemic. He elaborates on importance of alliances and what peace would mean for the Korean peninsula. Read more

Perceptions on Nuclear Challenges in South Asia
On 10 February, APLN member and Dr. Manpreet Sethi was interviewed by SIPRI for her insights on nuclear risks that arise from recent tensions at the India-Pakistan and India-China borders. She highlights that regional dialogues are required to identify nuclear risk prevention and mitigation measures. Listen

Preventing Nuclear Proliferation and Reassuring America’s Allies
On 10 February, APLN member and former Prime Minister of Australia Kevin Rudd’s co-authored report was published The Chicago Council on Global Affairs. A report from the taskforce on US allies and nuclear weapons proliferation, the authors argue that a weakened American alliances and changing security dynamics challenge America’s nuclear security guarantees among countries in Asia and threaten the 50 year old nuclear non-proliferation regime. Read more

Hopes and Fears about Biden’s North Korean Policy
On 22 February, Prof. Chung-in Moon was featured in a column for Hankyoreh. He outlines the Biden administration’s possible approaches to the DPRK, and highlights the difference in emphasis on human rights issues between past and present leadership. He emphasizes the need for the US and South Korea to work together to avoid past failures in engaging with the DPRK. Read more



















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