What Camp David Means for the Asia-Pacific
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What Camp David Means for the Asia-Pacific



24 August 2023

This week, we welcome five new members to the APLN senior network, Patrick Kaiku writes on how to achieve nuclear justice for the Marshall Islands in an age of geopolitical competition, and regional experts Sayo Saruta, Eunil Cho, and Frank O’Donnell share their views on the trilateral summit between Japan, South Korea, and the United States at Camp David.

We also share member activities and media mentions, with wide-ranging analysis and comments on the normative power of the CTBT, the Malabar Naval exercise, BRICS, the US-Indonesia relationship, Thai elections, and the Camp David summit.

New Members Join APLN

APLN warmly welcomes five new members to our senior network:

  • Dr. Lina Alexandra (Indonesia), Head of Department of International Relations and Senior Researcher at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).
  • Prof. Choi Jong Kun (South Korea), Professor at the Department of Political Science and International Studies at Yonsei University.
  • Dr. Meenakshi Gopinath (India), Founder and Director of Women in Security, Conflict Management and Peace (WISCOMP).
  • Dr. Natalie Sambhi (Australia), Founder and Executive Director of Verve Research.
  • Dr. Pramod Jaiswal (Nepal), Research Director at Nepal Institute for International Cooperation and Engagement (NIICE).

See new member profiles

Nuclear Justice for the Marshall Islands in the Age of Geopolitical Rivalry in the Pacific

Patrick Kaiku argues that the international community, particularly the United States, must recognise the perverse impact that nuclear weapons have had on the Pacific region and make nuclear justice a regional agenda for all Pacific Islands.

For Kaiku, nuclear justice does not stop at material compensation. The international community must build nuclear justice initiatives around a genuine understanding of the identities of island communities and Pacific connections to land and ocean.

Read the Special report

Regional perspectives on the Camp David summit

The summit at Camp David last week has been hailed as starting a “new era” of trilateral partnership between Japan, South Korea, and the United States. The three countries made statements committing to closer diplomatic, economic, and security cooperation. What does this mean for the Asia-Pacific in practice?

In this Pulse article, APLN asked Japanese, Korean, and American experts Sayo Saruta, Eunil Cho, and Frank O’Donnell for their thoughts on the Camp David summit and its impact on regional security issues, the legitimacy of China’s concerns about a ‘mini NATO’ in East Asia, and next steps for the trilateral partnership.

Read the Pulse

APLN has over 140 members from 22 countries in the Asia-Pacific.
Each week we feature their latest contributions
to global and regional security debates.

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Powerful nuclear norms trump tinkering with treaties

Ramesh Thakur wrote for The Strategist, arguing that the normative power of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty is being undermined by supporters who continuously emphasise that the treaty has not yet entered into force.

Prof. Ramesh Thakur is retiring from his position as Senior Research Fellow at Toda Institute, which is opening up his position for applications. (APLN cannot respond to inquiries regarding this position.)

Malabar Exercise Brings Quad Navies Together in Australia

Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan, Director of the Centre for Security, Strategy and Technology (CSST) at the Observer Research Foundation, wrote for The Diplomat, assessing the implications of the Malabar Naval exercise in Australia.

C Raja Mohan: Don’t fall for China’s rhetoric – BRICS isn’t NAM

C. Raja Mohan, Senior Fellow at the Asia Society Policy Institute, argued that one of the principal objectives of the Non-aligned Movement was to stay away from rivalrous power blocks. The BRICS, in contrast, is led by one of the competing power blocs – the Sino-Russian alliance.

Pivotal States: Revamping the U.S.-Indonesia Partnership

On 5 September, in an online discussion hosted by the Carnegie Endowment, Dewi Fortuna Anwar, Professor at the Research Centre for Politics-National Research and Innovation Agency, will explore the role of Indonesia and its “independent and active” foreign policy in American statecraft.

Thai Elections Update with Thitinan Pongsudhirak

Elina Noor, Senior Fellow in the Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment, hosted a discussion on the aftermath of the Thai elections, for Southeast Asia Radio at the Center for International and Security Studies in Washington DC.

Defence diplomacy emerges as an indispensable tool for maintaining peace, stability: BIPSS president

Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury, former foreign advisor of the Bangladesh Ministry of Foreign Affairs, spoke at a roundtable arranged by the Bangladesh Institute of Peace and Security Studies (BIPSS) on the significance of defence diplomacy.

Ensuring sustainability of democracy in Southeast Asia

Jusuf Wanandi, Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees at the CSIS Foundation in Jakarta, wrote for The Jakarta Post on press freedom, economic development and the questions of democratic sustainability in Southeast Asia.

Read recent comments by our members to media outlets covering security issues in the Asia-Pacific.

US, Japan came out of Camp David with clear gains, Korea with more risks, says scholar

Moon Chung-in, APLN vice chair, spoke with Hankyoreh about the Camp David summit, and urged the Korean president to “be proactive about preventive diplomacy and avoid even winnable wars at all costs.”

Tatsujiro Suzuki on nuclear use in Northeast Asia [JP]

Tatsujiro Suzuki, former Vice Chairman of the Japan Atomic Energy Commission, spoke with NHK about APLN’s project report on nuclear use cases in Northeast Asia.

Why are world leaders racing to the Pacific Islands?

Sandra Tarte, Associate Professor and Acting Head of the School of Law and Social Sciences at the University of the South Pacific, spoke with Al-Jazeera on the opportunities created for Pacific Countries by US and Chinese involvement in the region.

A Defense Agreement Likely to Deepen Chinese Rancor

Shen Dingli, professor at Fudan University’s Institute of International Studies, spoke with the New York Times about the Camp David summit, arguing that China is strong enough not to worry about increased trilateral cooperation between Japan, South Korea and the United States.

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