Nuclear Testing in the Pacific: A Visual Timeline
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Nuclear Testing in the Pacific: A Visual Timeline



24 November 2023

This week, we share visual data on nuclear weapons testing in the Pacific, including the number of weapons tested, timeline, and scale of the tests. In addition, Lina Gong writes for APLN’s column in the Korea Times, outlining Southeast Asia’s expectations in disaster relief amidst the worsening climate crisis. 

As always, we highlight activities from our network, including Marianne Hanson being named as one of The Australian‘s Top Researchers of 2024, and analysis on the Biden-Xi summit, emerging technologies, and other issues. 

From 1946 to 1996, hundreds of nuclear tests were carried out in the Pacific. Some of the largest ever nuclear tests took place in the territories and oceans of this region, from Australia to French Polynesia. Nuclear weapons testing in the Pacific has severely impacted the health and livelihoods of local communities, damaging the local environment with enduring repercussions.

In a new infographic, we detail the countries and islands that were affected by nuclear testing with visual data on the number of nuclear weapons tested, timeline and scale of tests, and the testing countries responsible.

This infographic was produced as part of our project on Nuclear Disarmament and the Anthropocene: Voices from Pacific Island Countries.

See the infographic

In this week’s APLN Korea Times column, Lina Gong discusses how climate change is raising new questions about how Southeast Asia’s disaster relief cooperation with external powers will and should evolve.

Gong argues that as Southeast Asia’s humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) requirements become more pronounced, countries expect extra-regional partners to establish better and more complementary mechanisms for disaster management.

Read the article









APLN is excited to host an in-person side event at the Second Meeting of States Parties to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW 2MSP) on Tuesday, November 28th from 11:30 – 13:00 EDT. The event will cover how nuclear policies pose serious challenges for the Pacific region and explore ways to ensure and maintain its nuclear-free status. If you will be in New York for the TPNW 2MSP, we hope that you will join us. 

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Avoiding the Pitfalls of Korea’s ’80s Construction Boom in the Middle East

Chung-in Moon, APLN Vice Chair, commented on South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol’s trip to the Middle East, arguing that there’s no guarantee that Korea will hit a ‘jackpot’ in the Saudi construction market — and even if it does, there’s a dark side to such success.

The Australian’s 2024 Research Magazine Lists Top Researchers

Marianne Hanson, ICAN Australia Co-Chair, has been recognised as top researchers in The Australian’s 2024 Research Magazine. The magazine names the top researcher and top research institution in each field of research, based on the number of citations for papers published in the top 20 journals in each field over the past five years. 

Carnegie China Scholars on the Biden-Xi Meeting

Tong Zhao, Senior Fellow with the Nuclear Policy Program and Carnegie China at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, shared his assessment of last week’s Biden-Xi meeting and its implications for US-China relations going forward. 

India-US 2+2 Strategic Dialogue Keeps Indo-Pacific in Focus

Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan, Director of the Centre for Security, Strategy, and Technology, wrote for the Diplomat on the recent India-US 2+2 Strategic Dialogue. Despite multiple crises in Europe and the Middle East, the 2+2 strategic dialogue demonstrated that Washington has not entirely lost sight of what needs to be done in the Indo-Pacific.

China, Pakistan Wrap Up Naval Drill Featuring Sub, High-Tech Destroyer

Frank O’Donnell, APLN Senior Research Adviser, commented on the implications of the latest China-Pakistan joint naval exercise. He highlighted that this month’s Sea Guardians event reemphasized Chinese commitment to modernizing Pakistan’s Navy and expanding its presence in the Indian Ocean.

Indo-Pacific Strategy Forum 2023

Dewi Fortuna Anwar, Research Professor at the Research Centre for Politics-National Research and Innovation Agency (PRP-BRIN), will discuss the intricacies of ASEAN’s approach to the new Indo-Pacific geopolitical landscape at the 2023 Indo-Pacific Strategy Forum.

India should not talk to China — even if Biden talks to Xi

C. Raja Mohan, Director of the Institute of South Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore, analyzed the dynamics of India-China relationship in the context of the Biden-Xi summit, emphasizing the need for India to navigate its strategic interests carefully amid the evolving geopolitical landscape.

A renewed focus on emerging technologies 

Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan co-wrote an article for The Hindu advocating for a renewed focus on emerging technologies, emphasizing their potential to catalyze economic growth, enhance national security, and address global challenges while urging India to prioritize research and development, innovation, and international collaboration in this technological advancement.

Are South Korea and the United States ready to face North Korea? [Originally published in Korean]

Chung-in Moon, APLN Vice Chair, moderated a discussion on preventing a nuclear disaster on the Korean Peninsula with Siegfried Hecker and Robert Carlin at Yonsei University. 

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