The Crossroads of Atomic Warfare
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The Crossroads of Atomic Warfare



12 August 2022

This week, Michael Roach shares a photo-essay of his family’s experiences with the early years of US atomic warfare and planning in Northeast Asia. APLN members from Australia, Mongolia, and Japan share their hopes and fears for the ongoing NPT Review Conference while Yim Man-sung discusses the role of the next generation in nuclear non-proliferation. We highlight an upcoming NPT side event with Tanya Ogilvie-White, invite submissions to our South Pacific creative competition, and conclude our co-sponsored next-generation non-proliferation summer program. 

The Crossroads of Atomic Warfare in One Family

In his photo-essay, “The Crossroads of Atomic Warfare in One Family”, Michael Roach, a former US Army atomic demolition munitions specialist, provides a remarkable account of multigenerational involvement in nuclear war, including a previously unpublished photo of the starboard nose of the Enola Gay bomber that delivered the first atomic bomb, showing the inscription “First Atomic Bomb – Hiroshima – August 6, 1945.”

The essay is co-published with the Nautilus Institute, and the Research Center for Nuclear Weapons Abolition (RECNA).

Read the Special Report

Trends and the necessity of nonproliferation education

Yim Man-sung, Professor and Head of the Department of Nuclear and Quantum Engineering at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), argues that we need to amplify the perspectives of the young generation and their engagement with the policy community to bring about improvements in nuclear non-proliferation.

Read commentary

The 10th Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference:
Views from the Asia-Pacific

The Tenth NPT Review Conference (RevCon) is underway at United Nations Headquarters in New York. Expectations of a successful outcome are mixed. But how should “success” be defined, and how can nations achieve what observers might consider a positive result? APLN members from Australia, Mongolia, and Japan share their perspectives and analysis.

Read The Pulse

Nuclear Weapons and the Climate Crisis
Creative Competition

We invite Pacific Island nationals to share their ideas and experiences of the impact of climate change and nuclear weapons policies and practices in our “Nuclear Weapons and the Climate Crisis” competition. Submissions in all creative formats are encouraged.Please share with any eligible individuals.

Read about the competition

NPT Side Event: Regional Perspectives on Strengthening the NPT 

This Friday 15 August, the Nuclear Threat Initiative will hold a side event at the Tenth NPT Review Conference on sharing regional perspectives on strengthening the NPT. The event will present findings from the NTI’s Global Enterprise project to develop concrete measures to advance the NPT’s goals. APLN senior research adviser Tanya Ogilvie-White will speak at the event which will be available on livestream on UN Web TV.

Read more about the event

KAIST-NEREC Summer Fellows Program

APLN had the pleasure to co-sponsor the 2022 Summer Fellows Program of Nuclear Nonproliferation Education and Research Center (NEREC) of Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), which took place from 11 July to 12 August in Daejeon, Seoul and Gyeongju.

With 27 fellows from 14 countries, the program provided an intensive education and training course on nuclear nonproliferation for undergraduate and graduate students with the aim of nurturing the next generation of leaders and experts in nuclear issues.

APLN is proud to sponsor the KAIST-NEREC program for the third year running and forms part of APLN’s efforts to cultivate new voices and experts in the Asia-Pacific.

Read about the Summer Fellows Program

APLN members Tong Zhao and Rakesh Sood spoke at an event hosted by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and discussed the nuclear weapons dynamics between China, India, and Pakistan.

The Citizen On The Record

Shyam Saran, former Indian Foreign Secretary and ambassador to Myanmar, Indonesia, and Nepal, was interviewed recently by Seema Mustafa of the Citizen channel on the current international situation.

India’s Latest Concerns With the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan, Director of the Centre for Security, argued that India has raised objections to the possibility of China and Pakistan involving third countries in the CPEC.

India, Bangladesh, Pakistan: What east can teach west

C. Raja Mohan, Senior Fellow at the Asia Society Policy Institute, writes: Good news from India’s eastern frontier with Bangladesh raises a hope and it should not be impossible to normalise the western frontier with Pakistan.

Japan’s Nuclear Choices After Ukraine

Masakatsu Ota, Senior and Editorial writer at Kyodo News, discussed the status of Japan’s commitment to the three non-nuclear principles, alternative approaches to upholding the peace constitution and geopolitical relationships within Northeast Asia.

An Increased Risk of Nuclear War?

Nobumasa Akiyama, APLN senior associate fellow, appeared on NHK to discuss how the world should face up to Russia’s nuclear threats in the war against Ukraine.



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