Winners of the Pacific Islands Creative Competition
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Winners of the Pacific Islands Creative Competition



30 September 2022

This week, APLN is proud to announce the winners of the Pacific Islands Creative Competition, the first initiative in our ongoing project “Nuclear Disarmament and the Anthropocene: Voices from Pacific Island Countries.” And in a new APLN commentary and The Pulse, experts weigh in on how Russia’s nuclear threats are damaging the global security architecture and what Asia-Pacific states can do to firm it up.

Pacific Islands Creative Competition:
Announcing the Winners

We are pleased the announce the winners of the Pacific Islands Creative Competition: Nuclear Weapons and the Climate Crisis. The competition is part of APLN’s ongoing project “Nuclear Disarmament and the Anthropocene—Voices from Pacific Island Countries” sponsored by the Ploughshares Fund.

All citizens from Pacific Island Countries were eligible to submit entries. Winners will receive a US $1,000 cash prize each and present their work at international fora.

And the Winners Are…

Overall Category


by Luisa Tuilau (Fiji)

Youth Category

Our Pacific

by Sharon Varsha Kumar (Fiji)

Microstate Category

See you soon, lagoon

by Bedi Racule (Marshall Islands and Pohnpei in the Federated States of Micronesia)

Survivor Category

The Elephant in the Room

by Mere Tuilau (Fiji)

Women Category

Blood in the water

by Dorell Ben (Fiji)

See all Winning Entries

Russia, America, and Nuclear Threshold(s)

Russia’s nuclear threats are increasingly bellicose but Putin’s nuclear rhetoric is unlikely to become more reasonable, says Robert Ayson, Professor of Strategic Studies at Victoria University of Wellington. He says it’s time for Asia-Pacific powers, especially India and China, to exert a calming influence on Russia.

Read the Commentary

Security Assurances amid Russia’s Nuclear Threats

Lorenz Anthony T. FernandoShivani SinghMichiru Nishida, and APLN member Kim Won-soo assess how the war in Ukraine and Russia’s threats to use nuclear weapons in the conflict have upset the viability of nuclear security guarantees given to non-nuclear weapons states in The Pulse.

Read The Pulse

Emerging Technologies and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

On September 28, APLN Executive Director Shata Shetty and APLN board member Tong Zhao spoke at the Wilton Park conference to discuss emerging technologies and the P5 Process.

Weak Spots in the Chinese Miracle

Shyam Saran, former Indian Foreign Secretary and Ambassador of India to Myanmar, Indonesia, and Nepal, reviewed the new book “China After Mao: The Rise of a Superpower” by Frank Dikötter.

Observing 26 September in the Shadow of Nuclear Risks

Manpreet Sethi, Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for Air Power Studies, New Delhi, writes on the significance of the UN International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons in light of Russia’s recent nuclear threats in a commentary for the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies.

Nuclear N. Korea: Beyond Deterrence and Recognition

Chung-in Moon, APLN Vice Chair and Sejong Institute Chairman, writes on North Korea’s new law concerning its nuclear weapons policy and argues that progress on North Korea will only come once we look at things from its point of view.

What’s Next for the India-France-UAE Trilateral?

Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan, Director of the Centre for Security, argues that the India-France-UAE trilateral is likely to emerge as a strong pillar shaping the strategic dynamics in the Indo-Pacific.

UN Charter in Jeopardy

C Uday Bhaskar, Director of the Society for Policy Studies (SPS), New Delhi, writes: the calibrated military escalation by Moscow, including a threat to use the nuclear weapon, is eerily reminiscent of the Cold War years.



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