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Japan Should be a Good Example of Nuclear Nonproliferation

 

Tokyo, Japan - In a new op-ed in the Kyodo News, APLN member Yoriko Kawaguchi and Morton Halperin, co-chairs of the Monterey Eminent Persons Group on the Security Implications of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle, call on leaders in Tokyo and Washington to focus on how to incentivize new nuclear nations to rely on the international market for fuel cycle needs instead of developing their own new enrichment or reprocessing programs. The recommendation is included in a new report: "Security Implications of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle." (October 28, 2014) 

President Obama, then and now

Washington, D.C - In dealing with the Islamic State, President Obama should apply lessons learned from his mixed record on nuclear security, writes Steve Andreasen, consultant to NTI and the NSP, in a new op-ed. Obama should stay personally engaged, coordinate policy at every level from the White House and National Security Council, put someone in charge with access to key government departments, keep Congress apprised and hold everyone accountable. The case can be made that Obama has failed to execute a clear strategy on nuclear policy, Andreasen writes, and he must avoid the same trap in exercising military power overseas. (October 26, 2014)

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) 

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