Two new policy briefs from the Asia Pacific Leadership Network examine governance in the region for the peaceful use of nuclear energy. The following paragraph is a summary. Click here and here for the full policy briefs.
This two-part study examines the governance architecture of the Asia–Pacific region for the peaceful uses of nuclear energy as it pertains to non-proliferation, safety and security. Part 1 (Policy Brief 40) first considers the widely touted growing demand for nuclear-generated electricity and other types of peaceful uses of nuclear energy in the Asia-Pacific to approximately 2030. This is followed by consideration of how global nuclear non-proliferation, safety and security governance arrangements, notably those managed by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), are implemented in the Asia–Pacific region and to what extent regional states participate in them. The paper discusses both the extent to which Asia-Pacific is embedded in the global arrangements, as well as the contribution that the region makes to such arrangements. Part II (Policy Brief 41) assesses the existing regional arrangements for nuclear governance and the extent to which they dovetail with and buttress, or whether they compete or even conflict with, the global system.