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A Nuclear Weapon-Free Zone and the Pursuit of Cooperative Security in the Arctic

 

Canberra, Australia - In a new policy brief published jointly by the Asia Pacific Leadership Network and the Centre for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament, Ernie Regehr argues that changing climatic conditions in the Arctic have brought regional security concerns into renewed focus as confrontations elsewhere impact relationships there. However, the region continues to develop as a "security community" with expectations that states will settle disputes peacefully. (October 14, 2014)

India's Nuclear Risks and Costs

 

Canberra, Australia - In the second of a two-part commentary in The Japan Times on India's nuclear weaponization, the APLN's Ramesh Thakur highlights the shocking number of nuclear accidents and close calls both during and since the Cold War to make the point that the costly weapons systems often only increase a country's risks. Today, "India is caught in an escalating cycle of increased nuclear and conventional military expenditures with no net gain in defense capability against the most likely threat contingencies," he writes.(October 7, 2014) 

India's Illusory Nuclear Gains

 

Canberra, Australia - In the first of a two-part commentary in The Japan Times on India's nuclear weaponization, the Asia Pacific Leadership Network's Ramesh Thakur argues that India gained very little in terms of strategic, military or political utility after its five nuclear tests in 1998. In fact, India's higher international profile is "despite, not because of, nuclear weapons," he writes, "and rests in its economic performance and information technology credentials." (October 6, 2014) 

European Leaders Call for Heads of State Meeting on Ebola Crisis

 

London, England - In a new statement released by the ELN, more than 30 senior political, diplomatic and military figures from across Europe, including Russia, urged European and others heads of state to coordinate a full international response to the growing Ebola crisis in West Africa. The statement says the response to Ebola, like the security of weapons-usable nuclear materials, must be elevated because presidents and prime ministers can provide "impetus for the bold and urgent actions needed." (October 2, 2014)

Challenges and Opportunities for Extending NPT-Related Commitments to the Non-NPT States

 

Canberra, Australia - In a new policy brief published jointly by the Asia Pacific Leadership Network and the Centre for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament, Nuclear Threat Initiative Counselor John Carlson calls for moving "from isolation to engagement" with respect to non-parties to the NPT, particularly India, Israel and Pakistan. The states can't join as NWS and it's not realistic that they will soon disarm, Carson writes, but they could adopt key NPT provisions. (September 30, 2014)

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