Surveying the WMD Landscape in Asia-Pacific
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Surveying the WMD Landscape in Asia-Pacific



1 April 2022

Dear Network Members and Colleagues,

This week we feature the introductory chapter of APLN’s newly published book WMD in Asia in a special report, Tatsujiro Suzuki discusses the risks to nuclear facilities in war zones, and Eunjung Lim analyses the implications of the Russia-Ukraine war for the new South Korean government.

In this new special report, APLN’s Peter Hayes and Shatabhisha Shetty pick out the major highlights from the book WMD in Asia-Pacific. They survey the WMD landscape in the Asia-Pacific region by examining seven nuclear force traits or tradeoffs that come with nuclear armament and shape the actions of the nuclear weapon-possessors. The report identifies eight broad themes across the Asia-Pacific region that demand the attention of policymakers and stakeholders.

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Peter Hayes, Tanvi Kulkarni, Chung-in Moon & Shatabhisha Shetty (Ed.)

WMD in Asia-Pacific offers a timely and comprehensive assessment of the WMD threats in the Asia-Pacific, including threats from nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. The book is a compilation of 18 special reports published by APLN in 2021 and early 2022. Twenty-one experts address critical issues and present assessments of the baseline status of, and trends in, vertical and horizontal proliferation of WMD across the region.
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Tatsujiro Suzuki, APLN member and Vice-Director at the Research Center for Nuclear Weapons Abolition at Nagasaki University, writes for the APLN-Korea Times Column, calling for better protective measures of nuclear facilities in war zones, and offers recommendations to limit the risk of nuclear facilities becoming military targets.

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Eunjung Lim, Associate Professor at the Division of International Studies at Kongju National University, argues that the Russia-Ukraine war challenges the new South Korean government to strike an optimal balance between regional powers that have taken different sides in the conflict.

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Emerging Voices Network: A focus on the Asia-Pacific
On 30 March, the British-American Security Information Council (BASIC) held an event with APLN board members Angela Woodward and Tong Zhao, together with APLN policy fellow Tanvi Kulkarni, who spoke about nuclear issues in the Asia-Pacific. The event was a part of BASIC’s Emerging Voices Network.

Women, Peace, and Security
On 26 March, in celebration of International Women’s month, the Diplomatic League in partnership with the Philippine Embassy in Wellington, held the second lecture in its Peace & Security Diplomacy series. APLN board member Angela Woodward and APLN visiting fellow Karla Mae Pabeliña spoke at the event.

South Korea’s geopolitics: Challenges and strategic choices
On 18 March, APLN vice chair Chung-in Moon, together with Sungwon Lee, visiting fellow at the Sejong Institute, wrote for the Melbourne Asia Review, explaining South Korea’s foreign policy options, and recommending a multilateral approach to managing US-China relations.

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