On November 10-11, 2011, the Mansfield Foundation, in collaboration with the Nautilus Institute and the Asia Pacific Leadership Network for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament, convened a workshop focused on furthering the dialogue on an Asian Nuclear Weapons Free Zone.
Workshop participants discussed the viability of replacing the current nuclear deterrence paradigm in Northeast Asia with a conventional deterrence model. The discussion covered:
- The current state of nuclear extended deterrence in East Asia
- Pathways and pitfalls to extended deterrence
- Specific proposals for nuclear weapons free zones
- East Asian security beyond nuclear deterrence
- Geostrategic adjustments for a non-nuclear security framework
Participants included military analysts and officers, researchers and academics, former politicians, and current government officials from countries including Japan, the United States, Australia, China and Korea.