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Policy Briefs & Resources

Toda has published numerous books, Journals and Policy Briefs over the last twenty years. See below for a selection.

Policy Brief No.159: Australia and the Post-Ukraine Nuclear Disarmament Agenda

Cooperative Security, Arms Control and Disarmament

Policy Brief No.159: Australia and the Post-Ukraine Nuclear Disarmament Agenda

Policy Brief  No.159 - May, 2023 • By Ramesh Thakur

This Policy Brief describes the global strategic landscape in a world which is at a nuclear inflection point, with intensifying and multiplying nuclear threats. It sketches the Indo-Pacific nuclear situation against the global backdrop, and assesses possible pathways for Australia to once again make a difference in reducing nuclear risks, as a credible candidate to lead the push for a global convention to enshrine a universal no first use (NFU) policy.

Social Media, Technology and Peacebuilding

Policy Brief No.158: Digital Warfare and Peace: Learning from Ukraine’s response to the Russian invasion

Policy Brief  No.158 - May, 2023 • By Anna Romandash

This Policy Brief explores the ongoing infowars in the Russia–Ukraine war which began in February 2022. Since 2014, due to the Kremlin’s propaganda channels, troll armies, and “useful idiots” in the West and beyond, Russia was able to control the narrative on the situation in Donbas and Crimea and significantly diminish both support and interest toward Ukraine. However, after the start of the full-scale war in 2022, Ukraine shifted international views on the Russian invasion. Ukraine’s efforts significantly contributed to Russia’s digital isolation and mainstreamed Ukraine’s counter-narratives using open-source data, digital allies, and successful communication campaigns.

Climate Change and Conflict

Policy Brief No.157: Pacific Community Relocations: Comparing Relocation Efforts in Alaska and Pacific

Policy Brief  No.157 - April, 2023 • By Barrett Ristroph

This Policy Brief compares communities in Alaska and the Pacific Islands, which are worlds apart in many ways, yet share cascading impacts from climate change. Communities in both geographies that may want to relocate have limited resources to do so without external assistance. Each country should have policies in place to provide assistance for community-led relocation based on the preferences, knowledge, and values of the affected communities. The private sector and churches could also play an important role. In many ways, relocation processes on Pacific Islands are more sophisticated than those in Alaska, and the United States could learn from the Pacific experience.

Cooperative Security, Arms Control and Disarmament

Policy Brief No.156: The Minefields That Could Sink SSN AUKUS

Policy Brief  No.156 - April, 2023 • By Ramesh Thakur

This Policy Brief considers the concealed minefields that could yet sink the AUKUS nuclear sub project and lead to finger-pointing recriminations. US President Joe Biden and British and Australian Prime Ministers Rishi Sunak and Anthony Albanese have unveiled the agreement on the way forward for the new tripartite security pact AUKUS to equip Australia with a fleet of nuclear-powered submarines. AUKUS integrates and strengthens Australia’s historic alliances and embeds the UK and the US firmly into Australia’s Indo-Pacific strategy. President Biden has described the naval partnership as a critical instrument, at this ‘inflection point in history’, to stabilise the Indo-Pacific region at a time of rising tensions and the distinct possibility of a war over Taiwan.

Cooperative Security, Arms Control and Disarmament

Policy Brief No.155: The Geopolitics of the Middle East

Policy Brief  No.155 - March, 2023 • By Sverre Lodgaard

This Policy Brief discusses the new geopolitical landscape and its implications for war and peace in the Middle East. US retrenchment from the Middle East—long in waiting—has caused Arab states to seek new partnerships in order to reduce their vulnerabilities in a turbulent world. The geopolitical fault line between East and West has moved westward, from Iran to Saudi Arabia, and the new agreement between Iran and these countries has a huge potential to turn the region in a cooperative direction. Given all the uncertainties, however, the significance of it can only be tested over time.

Books (1996-2017)

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Journals (1996-2017)

Peace & Policy: Since 1996, Peace & Policy has become a significant journal of opinion on global peace and policy issues.

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