Dr Benjamin Zala, Research Fellow, Department of International Relations, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, Australian National University
Asia's role in the global nuclear order is a unique one. It is the only region that has witnessed the use of nuclear weapons in war. Six of the nine nuclear-armed states are strategic players in the region. It is a key site for extended nuclear deterrence guarantees. It includes three of the most 'latent' nuclear states in the world. Perhaps most importantly today, Asia is also on the front line of emerging debates about the link between strategic non-nuclear weapons (missile defence, anti-satellite weapons, conventional hypersonic missiles etc.) and nuclear balances.
As Asia continues to attract the world's attention in economic, geopolitical, and strategic terms, grappling with the role that nuclear weapons should, and are likely to, play in the region's future has become an important task. The paper will outline a set of principles for the peaceful management of nuclear dangers in the region. These principles will be used to discuss the early initiatives that might be explored for the next phase of Asia's nuclear future.
Mr Benjamin Zala is a Research Fellow in the Department of International Relations in the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs at the Australian National University. His work focuses on the politics of the great powers, nuclear weapons, and International Relations theory and has been published in journals such as Review of International Studies, Pacific Review, Cooperation & Conflict, Journal of Global Security Studies, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and The Nonproliferation Review. Ben holds a PhD from the University of Birmingham and has previously held positions at the University of Leicester, the Oxford Research Group and Chatham House. In the northern academic year 2018/2019 Ben held a visiting position at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University as a Stanton Junior Faculty Nuclear Security Fellow.
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