The Nuclear Taboo
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The Nuclear Taboo



8 July 2022

This week, Mely Caballero-Anthony discusses the TPNW from a Southeast Asian perspective, and Rakesh Sood argues that the nuclear taboo must be strengthened. We also share news of a regional workshop with the Nuclear Threat Initiative on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), as well as an upcoming summer program from our partners at KAIST-NEREC.

Strengthening the NPT Regime: Priorities for the Future

APLN staff, members, and NTI staff in Jakarta. From left: Elaine Natalie (APLN), Tanvi Kulkarni (APLN), Kim Won-soo (Taejae Academy, APLN member), Tanya Ogilvie-White (APLN), Marianne Hanson (University of Queensland, APLN member), James McKeon (NTI), Lynn Rusten (NTI).

On June 29-30, APLN and the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) co-hosted a Track 1.5 Asia-Pacific workshop focused on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

Held in Jakarta, Indonesia, the workshop brought together over thirty government officials and non-governmental experts from across the region to discuss current challenges and explore opportunities to contribute to a successful NPT Review Conference in August 2022 and advance the Treaty’s goals.

See our project page on the NPT where we will provide more analysis on the upcoming RevCon over the coming weeks.

NPT Review Conference Project

TPNW First Meeting of States Parties:
A View from Southeast Asia

APLN member Mely Caballero-Anthony, President’s Chair of International Relations and Security Studies at Nanyang Technological University, argues that the Treaty of the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) aligns with ASEAN’s work on disarmament and non-proliferation, and urges the ASEAN to support the TPNW Action Plan agreed in Vienna last month.

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The Nuclear Taboo is Key to
Preventing Collapse of the Nuclear Order

APLN member Rakesh Sood, former Indian Ambassador to the Conference on Disarmament, and former Special Envoy of the Prime Minister for Nuclear Non-Proliferation, argues that upholding the nuclear taboo is the most important goal in maintaining the global nuclear order – even more so than the goal of non-proliferation.

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

With 27 fellows from 14 countries, the program provides 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 be a sponsor for the third year running of the KAIST-NEREC program. The program is part of APLN efforts to cultivate new voices and experts in the Asia-Pacific.

Read about the program

“核共享”使日本更安全吗? (in Chinese)

Hu Yumin, Vice-Secretary General of China Arms Control and Disarmament Association, argues that a nuclear sharing agreement with the United States would not make Japan more secure, and a NATO-like organisation is not applicable to the Asia-Pacific.

G7 & NATO: India Can Be In a Policy Bind as Focus Turns on Russia & China

C Uday Bhaskar, Director of the Society for Policy Studies in New Delhi, assesses the implications for India of the recent G7 and NATO meetings, arguing that India’s ability to forge its own course while being a member of BRICS and the Quad will be crucial in the coming years.

Transforming Nuclear Safeguards Culture

Trevor Findlay, Principal Fellow at the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne, published a book on the role of organizational culture in international non-proliferation efforts, titled Transforming Nuclear Safeguards Culture: The IAEA, Iraq, and the Future of Non-Proliferation

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