New OpEd on India and its Neighbors by Shyam Tekwani

By |2020-07-01T14:53:36-10:00July 1st, 2020|Categories: Tekwani, External Publications, news|Tags: , , , |

“India’s bullying of its neighbours boosted China. Now it needs to build a strong backyard.” DKI APCSS Professor Shyam Tekwani writes for the South China Morning Post. The opinion piece states that: “after facilitating China’s expansionist goals by treating nearby countries badly, India needs to demonstrate good neighbourliness to realise its global potential. According to Tekwani, India needs to “to build the strong and prosperous backyard it needs to realise its own potential to become an influential voice in global decision-making.” Read the full article The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do [...]

The Intersection of Global Health, Military Medical intelligence, and National Security in the Management of Transboundary Hazards and Outbreaks

By |2020-07-01T11:19:16-10:00July 1st, 2020|Categories: Canyon, Journal, news|Tags: , , |

DKI APCSS’ Dr. Deon Canyon, retired Rear Adm. Michael S. Baker, M.D. and Dr. Sebastian Kevany, University of California, San Francisco, all collaborated to co-author a comprehensive paper titled “The Intersection of Global Health, Military Medical intelligence, and National Security in the Management of Transboundary Hazards and Outbreaks,” for Security Nexus. This paper identifies the many forms of evolving surveillance techniques that could be used for prevention and early warning of global pandemic outbreaks, and the resistance to such monitoring. Excerpt: The COVID-19 pandemic-induced, shocking collapse of national and international trade, air travel, and tourism have rocked the world, and brought [...]

Pacific Trident III:  The Strengths and Weaknesses of the U.S. Alliance System Under Gray Zone Operations

By |2020-06-29T14:55:58-10:00June 26th, 2020|Categories: External Publications, news, hemmings|Tags: |

“Pacific Trident III:  The Strengths and Weaknesses of the U.S. Alliance System Under Gray Zone Operations”  is the latest paper by DKI APCSS Associate Professor John Hemmings. The paper looks at how tabletop exercises (TTX) are used to train participants on crisis management.  The TTX, Pacific Trident III,” was created and run by Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA (Sasakawa USA), a think tank based in Washington D.C. According to Hemmings, “The tabletop exercise utilized two different crises at the same time, challenging the United States and allied players as to which was the 'real' crisis, and which merited prioritization. Also, both crises [...]

Policy Guidance for Pakistan’s Oscillation Response to COVID-19

By |2020-06-29T14:57:31-10:00June 25th, 2020|Categories: Canyon, Journal, news|Tags: , , |

“Policy Guidance for Pakistan’s Oscillation Response to COVID-19” is a new OpEd coauthored by DKI APCSS professor Dr. Deon Canyon and Asma Khawaja – Strategic Studies, National Defence University, Islamabad, for Security Nexus. In this paper, the authors detail how shifting policy guidance affected Pakistan’s response to COVID-19, including the women’s role in a patriarchal society. Excerpt: The COVID-19 pandemic presents as a global, complex, public health emergency that varies in impact due to geography, variations in virulence over time and space, response preparation times, available resources, culture, religion, and a host of other possible confounders. Response systems that have shown [...]

Terrorism and COVID-19: Are We Over-Estimating the Threat?

By |2020-06-25T15:07:30-10:00June 25th, 2020|Categories: External Publications, news, Mullins|Tags: , |

“Terrorism and COVID-19: Are We Over-Estimating the Threat?” is a new article by DKI APCSS professor Dr. Sam Mullins for the Small Wars Journal. In this article, Mullins looks at if and how terrorists are using the COVID-19 pandemic to further their goals. “There is an established tendency to interpret everything that violent extremists and terrorists now do through the lens of the coronavirus pandemic. Almost invariably, this is done in such a way as to magnify our perception of the threat. But is this really an accurate assessment?" asked Mullins in his paper. Read the full article on the Small [...]

Sri Lanka’s return to ethnic majoritarianism

By |2020-06-19T15:00:50-10:00June 19th, 2020|Categories: Tekwani, External Publications, news|Tags: , , |

DKI APCSS Professor Shyam Tekwani has a new article published by the East Asia Forum entitled “Sri Lanka’s return to ethnic majoritarianism.” In the article, Tekwani states that “Before Sri Lanka’s economy can be rebuilt or democratic institutions revitalised, the country will need to come to terms with its legacies of violence.” Read the full article online at: https://www.eastasiaforum.org/2020/06/19/sri-lankas-return-to-ethnic-majoritarianism/ Shyam Tekwani is Professor at the Daniel K Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies. The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily represent the views of APCSS, the US Department of Defense or the US government.

A Health Security Pandemic Checklist for Developing Nations and Donors

By |2020-06-16T12:44:36-10:00June 12th, 2020|Categories: Canyon, Journal, news|Tags: , , |

“A Health Security Pandemic Checklist for Developing Nations and Donors” is a new OpEd coauthored by DKI APCSS professor Dr. Deon Canyon and Research Analyst at the University of California San Francisco Dr. Sebastian Kevany, for Security Nexus. In this paper, the authors provide a checklist for some of the measures that were proven effective during the COVID-19 pandemic and how developing countries may apply those measures to local conditions. Excerpt: The COVID-19 pandemic presents as a global, complex, public health emergency that varies in impact due to geography, variations in virulence over time and space, response preparation times, available resources, [...]

Urgent Policies Required to Grant Public Access to Protected Health Information during Emergency Disease Outbreaks and Pandemics

By |2020-06-10T17:09:55-10:00June 10th, 2020|Categories: Canyon, Journal, news|Tags: , |

“Urgent Policies Required to Grant Public Access to Protected Health Information during Emergency Disease Outbreaks and Pandemics” is a new OpEd coauthored by DKI APCSS professor Dr. Deon Canyon and Research Analyst at the University of California San Francisco Dr. Sebastian Kevany, for Security Nexus. In this paper, they discuss the pros and cons of using tracking apps to stay ahead of disease outbreaks, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Excerpt: While some believe that contact tracing apps produce benefits as soon as users increase above 10 percent of a population, there remain PHI-related shortcomings in these approaches because such apps do [...]

Structuring ASEAN military involvement in disaster management and the ASEAN Militaries Ready Group

By |2020-06-10T17:00:52-10:00June 10th, 2020|Categories: Canyon, Journal, news, Kunce|Tags: , , |

“Structuring ASEAN military involvement in disaster management and the ASEAN Militaries Ready Group” is a new OpEd coauthored by DKI APCSS professors Dr. Deon Canyon and Dr. Elizabeth Kunce for Security Nexus. Also contributing to the article is Dr. Benjamin Ryan of Baylor University. This paper explores the most recent efforts by the ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting Plus (ADMM-Plus) Experts Working Group on HADR 2017-2020 to support ASEAN’s response capacity with the development and adoption of SOPs for an ASEAN Militaries Ready Group (AMRG). Excerpt: It is clear from the ambitious vision of the One ASEAN, One Response declaration that ASEAN [...]

China’s Salami Slicing Tactics and the Latest India-China Border Standoff

By |2020-06-09T16:58:41-10:00June 9th, 2020|Categories: Journal, news, Sitaraman|Tags: , , |

“China’s Salami Slicing Tactics and the Latest India-China Border Standoff” is a new paper by DKI APCSS professor Dr. Srini Sitaraman for Security Nexus. In this OpEd, Sitaraman discusses India’s strategy for dealing with the increasing border incursions committed by China while minimalizing the effects of COVID-19 and what is required for de-escalation. Excerpt: At its heart, the People’s Republic of China is a territorially revisionist, expansionist, and hegemonic state and it will not stop until it achieves the goals of capturing all of the land and sea areas over which it believes it has “historic rights.” Beijing has particularly turned [...]