The Korean Peninsula after Ukraine
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The Korean Peninsula after Ukraine



20 May 2022

Dear Network Members and Colleagues,

This week, Jina Kim writes on the implications of the Russia-Ukraine war for the Korean Peninsula, and we share previous APLN work on pandemic and nuclear risks. We also welcome Sihasak Phuangketkeow as new network member, Eva Lisowski and Karla Mae Pabeliña as new associate fellows, and Kirsten Margret Quinain as graphic design intern.

The Asia-Pacific Leadership Network welcomes one new member this week:

The Asia-Pacific Leadership Network also announces three new appointments at the secretariat:

  • APLN associate fellow, Eva Lisowski, member of the MIT Nuclear Weapons Education Project and an independent consultant.
  • APLN associate fellow, Karla Mae Pabeliña, Senior Foreign Affairs Research Specialist at the Center for International Relations and Strategic Studies (CIRSS).
  • Graphic design intern Kirsten Margret Quinain, undergraduate student at CIIT College of Arts and Technology in the Philippines.

Jina Kim, professor at Hankuk University provides a critical analysis of narratives surrounding the impact of the Russia-Ukraine war on the Korean Peninsula and suggests policy measures for the South Korean government.

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The first confirmed outbreak of COVID-19 in North Korea highlights the need for a regional framework for public health cooperation and an understanding of the intersection of nuclear and pandemic risks.

Pandemic Futures and Nuclear Weapons Risks (December 2020)
This joint report by the Research Center for Nuclear Weapons Abolition, Nagasaki University (RECNA), APLN, and Nautilus Institute, explores how the far-reaching impacts of COVID-19 and future pandemics could alter the landscape for nuclear risk and disarmament.
Biomedical Cooperation with DPRK in Post-Pandemic Era
Sang Min Park discusses the impact of COVID-19 and the international sanctions regime on the DPRK healthcare system, trends in global health aid for the DPRK and the role of the ROK, and a future inter-Korean Biomedical Cluster Cooperation model in a post-pandemic era.
Inter-Korean Cooperation Through NEAPHI

Young-jeon Shin assesses the COVID-19 situation in the DPRK and the operational status, limitations, and future challenges that the Northeast Asian Public Health Initiative must address.

The NPT after 50: The Path Forward After the Ukraine Crisis

On 19 May, APLN member Marianne Hanson appeared at a webinar arranged by Monash University, where she spoke on her recent contribution to 2022 Contemporary Security Policy special issue.

Yoon appoints unification, culture, land ministers

On 13 May, APLN member Won Hee-ryong was appointed as Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transportation of South Korea.

Subcontinent Adrift: Strategic Futures of South Asia

In July, APLN member and former brigadier general Feroz H. Khan will publish his book Subcontinent Adrift which will map out and explains India and Pakistan’s respective interests, motivations, and long-term objectives from a contemporary perspective.

How China Sees India and the World

APLN member Shyam Saran, former Indian Foreign Secretary publishes an authoritative account of the India–China relationship and how China perceives India.

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