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The Asia-Pacific Leadership Network [APLN] comprises forty three former senior political, diplomatic, military and scientific leaders from fourteen countries around the region including nuclear weapons possessing states China, India and Pakistan.

The objective of the group, convened by former Australian Foreign Minister Gareth Evans, is to inform and energize public opinion, and especially high-level policymakers, to take seriously the very real threats posed by nuclear weapons, and do everything possible to achieve a world in which they are contained, diminished and ultimately eliminated

Research & Analysis

Policy Briefs (complete list)

Policy Brief No 16 - A Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone and the Pursuit of Cooperative Security in the Arctic
Changing climatic conditions in the Arctic have brought regional security concerns into renewed focus and confrontations in other parts of the world i...

10/14/2014 Read more

APLN Statements

Jakarta Declaration on Nuclear Weapons
We the undersigned members of the Asia Pacific Leadership Network for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (APLN), Acutely conscious that the w...

09/04/2014 Read more

Background Briefs

Important New Publications
Pervez Hoodbhoy and Zia Mian, “Nuclear fears, hopes and realities in Pakistan, ” International Affairs 90:5 (September 2014) & Ramesh Thakur, ...

09/15/2014 Read more

Discussion Papers

The Concept of an Asia-Pacific Nuclear Energy Community
While it is for each country to decide whether to use nuclear energy, it is essential to ensure that the highest standards of non-proliferation, safet...

02/18/2013 Read more

Member Articles

What Can We Do About Nuclear Disarmament?
Keynote Dinner Address by Professor the Hon Gareth Evans, Convenor of the Asia Pacific Leadership Network (APLN) and Chair of the ANU Centre for Nucle...

03/14/2014 Read more


Nuclear Weapons:The State of Play
By the end of 2009 hopes were higher than for many years that the world was at last seriously headed towards nuclear disarmament....

08/29/2013 Read more

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