Infectious diseases kill more than 17 million people each year, yet the biological agents responsible only make headlines during horrifying epidemics, like the Ebola outbreak of 2014, or following a terrorist attack like the 2001 anthrax letter attacks.
Asia-Pacific Leadership Network co-conveners, Chung-in Moon and Ramesh Thakur, released a statement at the APLN annual meeting held May 23-27th in Jeju province, Korea. The statement deplores the fourth nuclear test and ballistic missile provocations by North Korea and calls on global and regional policymakers to urgently re-energize the nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament agenda.
A new article by Miles Pomper and Ferenc Dalnoki-Veress of the Center for Nonproliferation Studies, featuring interactive 3D models, examines how the international community could re-imagine medical treatments to reduce the risk of radiological terrorism. Radiological sources such as cesium-137 and cobalt-60 are extensively used globally, for blood irradiation and cancer treatment, respectively.
On May 24th and 25th, 40 bishops, Catholic scholars, and policy specialists from nine countries gathered in London to identify issues that need to be addressed to create the conditions for a world without nuclear weapons, especially largely unexamined theological and moral issues.
The Asia-Pacific Leadership Network released a series of articles providing regional perspectives to the Nuclear Threat Initiatives 2016 Nuclear Security Index. These perspectives provide important insight into the perception of the Nuclear Security Index, how it can improve, and how it has enabled broader discussions on nuclear security policy and practices in the region.
The Asia-Pacific Leadership Network released a series of articles marking 30 years since the Chernobyl disaster and 5 years since the Fukushima nuclear disaster. These articles assess how the international nuclear community responded to the disasters and were presented at a Chernobyl seminar held at Australian National University.
A Pan-European Task Force on Cooperation in Greater Europe, including former foreign and defence ministers from Russia, Turkey, the UK, Poland, Ukraine, and France has expressed its concern over the danger that the Syrian crisis could develop into an interstate conflict.