The Asia-Pacific Leadership Network for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (APLN) has over one hundred members from eighteen countries across Asia and the Pacific, consisting of former political, diplomatic and military leaders, senior government officials, and scholars and opinion leaders. APLN aims to inform and energize public opinion, especially high-level policymakers, to take seriously the very real threats posed by nuclear weapons, and to do everything possible to achieve a world in which they are contained, diminished and eventually eliminated.



Des Browne is Chair of the European Leadership Network, Vice Chairman of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, and former British Secretary of State for Defence.

Rt. Hon. Lord Browne of Ladyton (Des Browne) is a British Labour Party politician who was a Member of Parliament for Kilmarnock and Loudoun from 1997 to 2010. As a back-bencher, he served on the Northern Ireland Affairs and Public Administration Select Committees. In 1998, he became the Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Donald Dewar, Secretary of State for Scotland, before becoming the PPS to Adam Ingram, Minister of State for Northern Ireland, in 2000. Subsequently, he served on the first Joint Committee on Human Rights.

Browne has served as the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Minister of State for Work at the Department for Work & Pensions, and Minister for Immigration & Citizenship in the Home Office. Re-elected in 2005, he joined the Cabinet as Chief Secretary to the Treasury and was appointed to the Privy Council.

In 2006, Browne was appointed Secretary of State for Defence before combining this role with the role of Secretary of State for Scotland. In October of 2008, he returned to the back-benches and was appointed Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s Special Envoy to Sri Lanka. During this time he also served on the first Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy.

Browne has also served as the Convenor of the Top Level Group of Parliamentarians for Multi-Lateral Nuclear Disarmament and Non-proliferation. He co-founded the European Leadership Network and has been the Chair of its Board of Trustees and Directors since its inception. In 2014, NTI announced Browne’s new role as NTI’s Vice Chairman. In this role, he will help shape NTI’s strategic direction, including long-term planning and international outreach.