The Asia-Pacific Nuclear Governance Architecture Part I
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The Asia-Pacific Nuclear Governance Architecture Part I

APLN Policy Brief 40

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This two-part study examines the governance architecture of the Asia–Pacific region for the peaceful uses of nuclear energy as it pertains to non-proliferation, safety and security. Part 1 first considers the widely touted growing demand for nuclear-generated electricity and other types of peaceful uses of nuclear energy in the Asia-Pacific to approximately 2030. This is followed by consideration of how global nuclear non-proliferation, safety and security governance arrangements, notably those managed by the IAEA, are implemented in the Asia–Pacific region and to what extent regional states participate in them. The paper discusses both the extent to which Asia-Pacific is embedded in the global arrangements, as well as the contribution that the region makes to such arrangements. Part II (Policy Brief 41) assesses the existing regional arrangements for nuclear governance and the extent to which they dovetail with and buttress, or whether they compete or even conflict with, the global system.

About the Author

Trevor Findlay is a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne, an Associate of the Project on Managing the Atom at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and chair of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Advisory Board for Disarmament Matters for 2017. He served for thirteen years in the Australian diplomatic service and is the author of several books and monographs, including Unleashing the Nuclear Watchdog: Strengthening and Reform of the IAEA (Centre for International Governance Innovation, Waterloo, 2011) and Nuclear Energy and Global Governance: Ensuring Safety, Security and Nonproliferation (London: Routledge, 2011).


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