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Dr Tanya Ogilvie-White

Senior Research Adviser at the APLN and nonresident senior fellow at Pacific Forum

Dr Tanya Ogilvie-White is a senior research adviser at the Asia Pacific Leadership Network, Seoul, non-resident senior fellow at Pacific Forum, Hawaii, and a member of the international group of eminent persons for a world without nuclear weapons, Tokyo. Previously, she was director of the New Zealand Centre for Global Studies; research director of the Centre for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament, Australian National University; senior analyst at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, Canberra; Stanton nuclear security fellow at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, London; and senior lecturer at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. She began her career at the Mountbatten Centre for International Studies and the Programme for Promoting Nuclear Non-proliferation, UK.

A dual national of New Zealand and the UK, her work has a strong Asia-Pacific focus, with an emphasis on fostering international collaboration to manage the region’s rapidly evolving strategic risks. In 2020-21, she participated in the Disarmament, Deterrence and Strategic Arms Control Dialogue (hosted by the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research), and the Missile Dialogue Initiative (hosted by International Institute for Strategic Studies).

Her recent publications include: The Logic of Nuclear Deterrence: Assessments, Assumptions, Uncertainties and Failure Modes (UNIDIR, 2020); Post-INF Arms Control in the Asia-Pacific: Political Viability and Implementation Challenges (IISS, 2020); Narrowing Nuclear Use Pathways in Northeast Asia (UNIDIR, 2020); and ‘Australia and Extended Nuclear Assurance’ (Chatham House, 2020).

Content by Dr Tanya Ogilvie-White


Asia-Pacific flashpoints: Comparing Australian, Japanese, South Korean & UK perceptions

This ELN and APLN report compares Australian, Japanese, South Korean, and UK risk perceptions towards Taiwan and North Korea. It finds that diverging perceptions of risk in the Asia-Pacific are potential obstacles to policy coordination and offers recommendations for how to address this.


South Korea’s dangerous sense of isolation

Tanya Ogilvie-White writes that South Korea is becoming increasingly isolated from its Asia-Pacific security partners – Japan, Australia, the US, and the UK – in the way that it views the threat from North Korea. South Korea’s regional security partners’ increased focus on China and lessened attention on North Korea’s nuclear programme, risks isolating South Korea and undermining proliferation norms. Ogilvie-White argues that heightened collaborations are needed to avoid this.

17 April 2024 | Dr Tanya Ogilvie-White
Policy brief

Balancing deterrence with assurances: Policy coordination between security partners in the Asia-Pacific

This ELN and APLN policy brief explores the challenges facing Australia, Japan, South Korea, and the UK in their security strategies towards China and North Korea. The paper argues that these security partners must balance deterrence strategies with providing assurances to adversaries.