Nuclear Threats Monitor

Assessments by APLN members on current nuclear risks and how to address them.

    North Korea is the Litmus Test for a Nuclear Weapons Ban
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    North Korea is the Litmus Test for a Nuclear Weapons Ban

    Jul/10/2017, By John CARLSON

    A UN negotiating conference has just adopted a treaty banning nuclear weapons. Will this influence North Korea, and if not, what’s the point? Achieving complete nuclear disarmament could be the ...

    How a Regional Nuclear-Free-Weapon Zone Can Benefit Japan
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    How a Regional Nuclear-Free-Weapon Zone Can Benefit Japan

    Jun/28/2017, By Ramesh THAKUR

    Between June 21-25, in two back-to-back conferences, there was intense discussion of Mongolia’s national nuclear-weapon-free zone (NWFZ), the best means of containing and reversing North Korea’s ...

    Strong Anti-Nuclear Weapons Advocacy by Asia-Pacific Leaders
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    Strong Anti-Nuclear Weapons Advocacy by Asia-Pacific Leaders

    Jun/16/2017, By Ramesh THAKUR

    Nuclear weapons pose an existential threat to humanity and indeed to all forms of life on planet Earth. Serious threats persist from the use or misuse of weapons – whether by design, accident or ...

    Nuclear-Free New Zealand Turns 30
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    Nuclear-Free New Zealand Turns 30

    Jun/15/2017, By Ramesh THAKUR

    The 1987 nuclear-free act was a milestone in New Zealand's development as a nation. WELLINGTON – On June 8, 1987, the parliament of New Zealand passed a law that has become a milestone in the ...

    Asia Presents the Biggest Challenge to Global Nuclear Orders
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    Asia Presents the Biggest Challenge to Global Nuclear Orders

    Jun/12/2017, By Ramesh THAKUR

    Of all the continents, Asia presents the most complex and the most urgent challenges to the uneasy nuclear peace that has prevailed since 1945. Only Asia contains states with the full spectrum of ...

    The UN Draft Treaty To Ban the Bomb is an Important Milestone on the Road to Nuclear ...
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    The UN Draft Treaty To Ban the Bomb is an Important Milestone on the Road to Nuclear ...

    May/26/2017, By Ramesh THAKUR

    The recently published draft text of a convention to ban the bomb provides a good basis to complete negotiations of a treaty to prohibit the acquisition, development, production, manufacture, ...

    Nuclear Weapon Ban Convention – Overview of First Draft
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    Nuclear Weapon Ban Convention – Overview of First Draft

    May/26/2017, By John CARLSON

    This note does not discuss the pros and cons of the ban concept. Rather it aims to give a short introduction to key points in the current text, and identifies areas where drafting improvements are ...

    Banning Nuclear Weapons - An Auspicious Start
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    Banning Nuclear Weapons - An Auspicious Start

    Apr/7/2017, By APLN

    Despite being shunned by the nine possessors of nuclear weapons and most of their allies, the first part of the negotiations mandated by the United Nations General Assembly on a legally binding ...

    Nuclear-Weapon States Must Join the Nuclear Weapons Ban Negotiations
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    Nuclear-Weapon States Must Join the Nuclear Weapons Ban Negotiations

    Feb/23/2017, By John CARLSON

    The United Nations General Assembly will convene negotiations on a treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons during sessions scheduled for March 27‑31 and June 15‑July 7, 2017. Following those sessions, ...

    Nuclear Threats on the Korean Peninsula: APLN Offers Ideas for a New Start
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    Nuclear Threats on the Korean Peninsula: APLN Offers Ideas for a New Start

    Feb/9/2017, By John TILEMANN

    North Korea continues to defy the UN Security Council with its ever-improving nuclear and missile capabilities. APLN Research Director John Tilemann reports on the work of the APLN, and particularly ...

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