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Asia-Pacific Nuclear Dynamics



29 November 2022

In recent news, we hosted a policy workshop in Nepal with APLN members and experts focusing on nuclear dynamics between China, India and Pakistan. In latest publications, Jun Bong-geun analyses changes in North Korea’s new nuclear weapons law. We feature a new APLN-Korea Times column by Tuya Nyamosor who discusses the crises facing the world today. Finally, Pankaj Jha assesses the China-US rivalry in the South Pacific from an Indian perspective. And we highlight recent member activities.

Managing Strategic Risks in Asia and the Pacific

Last week over two days, APLN members, experts, and policy practitioners gathered in Kathmandu, Nepal for a policy dialogue on “Managing Strategic Risks in Asia and the Pacific” hosted by APLN and the Toda Peace Institute.

Participants assessed conflict dynamics and escalation risks in Southern Asia discussing ways in which nuclear issues impact the security of the broader region, as well as practical means to reduce these risks and pursue peace and stability. The event was part of APLN’s China-India-Pakistan Nuclear Trilemma project and was co-sponsored by the MacArthur Foundation and Toda Peace Institute.

Comparing North Korea’s Nuclear Forces Policy Laws

Jun Bong-geun, APLN member and Professor at the Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security, analyzes why North Korea replaced its 2013 nuclear law, the major differences between the current and previous law, and the signals North Korea is intending to send.

Read the Commentary

China-US Rivalry in the Pacific:  An Indian Perspective

Pankaj Jha, Professor and Associate Dean at the Jindal School of International Affairs, presents an Indian perspective of China’s strategy and developments in the Pacific Islands region in light of India’s own strategic objectives for the region.

Read the Commentary

Managing the Crises

Tuya Nyamosor, former foreign minister of Mongolia and APLN board member, highlights  the myriad of problems plaguing the world today. She argues that the conflict in Europe is a reminder of the failure of diplomacy, and leaders in the Asia Pacific region should work together to prevent further deterioration of the regional security landscape.

Read The Korea Times column

ASEAN Can Make a Difference for Myanmar and for the World

Marty Natalegawa, APLN Chair and former Foreign Minister of Indonesia, argues in Nikkei Asia that Southeast Asia must seize summit opportunities to secure commitments to peace.

India, France Conclude Garuda Exercise 2022

Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan, Director of the Centre for Security, Strategy, and Technology, writes for The Diplomat on the recently-concluded India-France joint air exercise Garuda Exercise 2022 in the context of the broader strategic partnership between New Delhi and Paris.

Reducing U.S.-China Nuclear Risks: Prospects for Arms Control Cooperation

Tong Zhao, Senior Fellow at the Nuclear Policy Program of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, discussed the future of nonproliferation and arms control cooperation between the United States and China in a seminar hosted by NTI.

Too Little, Too Late

Shyam Saran, Former India Foreign Secretary, writes for The Indian Express and argues that the focus on loss and damage funding at COP27 was used to deflect attention from other critical issues, including the repeated failure of developed countries to own up to their historical responsibility for climate change.



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