Time for the Pacific Islands Forum to Step-Back and Heal

By |2021-02-25T16:53:28-10:00February 25th, 2021|Categories: Canyon, Journal, news|Tags: , |

“Time for the Pacific Islands Forum to Step-Back and Heal,” is the title of a paper by Dr. Deon Canyon for Security Nexus. This paper recommends six steps to restore the Pacific Islands Forum into a vehicle that better represents all Pacific Islanders and nations. Summary The Pacific Islands Forum has lost five of its eighteen members in response to an action taken by Polynesian nations, France, Australia and New Zealand that flew in the face of a “Gentlemen’s Agreement.” The agreement is not based on tradition or a history of past practices as reported by almost every commentator, but [...]

US-China Relations

By |2021-02-24T11:11:21-10:00February 24th, 2021|Categories: External Publications, news, Cho|Tags: , |

Dr. Sungmin Cho has a new paper published by the Pacific Forum entitled "The New US Diplomacy with China: ‘Keep Your Promises’ " In his article, Cho discusses the idea of creating political division within China and its potential impacts on the US-China relationship. He addresses the questions of "What is the logic behind this idea? What are the problems? A critical review of the strategy suggests a different approach: Washington should instead focus on pressing China to live up to its own promises and obligations." Read the full article Sungmin Cho is Professor of the Daniel K. Inouye [...]

A Network of Maritime Fusion Centers Throughout the Indo-Pacific

By |2021-02-12T15:33:13-10:00February 12th, 2021|Categories: Canyon, Journal, news, Turvold, McMullin|Tags: , |

“A Network of Maritime Fusion Centers Throughout the Indo-Pacific” is the title of a paper co-written by Dr. Deon Canyon, retired Navy Capt. Wade Turvold, and Navy Capt. Jim McMullin for Security Nexus. This paper addresses the critical need for networked fusion centers across the Indo-Pacific to meet growing transboundary threats to international security. Exerpt: The establishment of national maritime fusion centers across the Indo-Pacific region would go a long way toward advancing maritime security. Indo-Pacific states should establish such centers with a focus on maritime threats of a transboundary nature, as well as traditional state-based threats. Indeed, the lack [...]

New OpEd on South Asia and Terrorism

By |2021-01-19T12:28:01-10:00January 19th, 2021|Categories: Tekwani, External Publications, news|Tags: , , , |

In his latest OpEd, Prof. Shyam Tekwani writes that regional leaders have made a show of standing together on terrorism, but individually they use anti-terror laws to suppress dissent and minorities. The OpEd for the South China Morning Post entitled “In war on terror and Isis, South Asia is fighting itself” discusses ‘how unleashing violence on sections of their own populations these countries have only made it easier for groups like Islamic State to take hold.’ Read the full article The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily represent the views of [...]

New research article about Chinese perspectives of Korean unification

By |2021-01-07T13:07:14-10:00January 7th, 2021|Categories: External Publications, news, Cho|Tags: , , |

Professor Sungmin Cho’s latest peer-reviewed article entitled "The Chinese Perspectives of the Korean Unification: Evidence from the Chinese Academic Publications” was recently published by the Korea Observer. Here is the abstract of the article. "What are the Chinese perspectives on Korean unification, and what are the concerns and expectations? The English-language literature on this subject lacks citations from primary sources to claim a wide survey of Chinese perspectives. Based upon the 62 Chinese journal articles and 29 expert commentaries in Chinese, I infer a broad spectrum of Chinese thinking on the Korea unification. I find that the Chinese analysts have [...]

New research article about North Korea’s economic reform and opening policies

By |2020-12-03T11:41:14-10:00December 3rd, 2020|Categories: External Publications, news, Cho|Tags: , , |

Professor Sungmin Cho’s latest peer-reviewed article entitled “Why North Korea Could Not Implement the Chinese Style Reform and Opening? The Internal Contradiction Between Economic Reform and Political Stability.” was recently published by the Journal of Asian Security and International Affairs. Here is the abstract of the article. "Can North Korea implement the Chinese-style reform and opening-up policies? This is an important question, directly relevant to the policy debate on North Korea’s nuclear challenges. Through comparative historical analysis, I argue that Pyongyang has failed to adopt the Chinese-style reform and opening-up for the internal and structural restraints. The Chinese experience shows [...]

Considering Technical Information Protection through an Evaluation of ASAT Technology in Japan

By |2020-12-17T16:14:14-10:00December 1st, 2020|Categories: Oehlers, Journal, news|Tags: , , |

“Considering Technical Information Protection through an Evaluation of ASAT Technology in Japan” is the title of a paper written by Mr. Junichi Nishiyama and Dr. Al Oehlers for Security Nexus. This article details the significance of Japanese advances in space, while emphasizing the need for protecting these technologies against espionage and theft. Summary Recent civil space missions have highlighted the significant advances Japan has accomplished in this high technology field.  While deserving recognition and celebration, in an increasingly competitive space domain, urgent attention is also needed in safeguarding the intellectual property and technical information around these missions.  Japanese advances in [...]

New OpEd looks at Pakistan and good governance

By |2020-11-30T09:19:57-10:00November 30th, 2020|Categories: Tekwani, External Publications, news|Tags: , , , |

Professor Shyam Tekwani’s latest OpEd entitled “Pakistan’s ‘three evils’, CPEC and good governance” was recently published by the East Asia Forum. According to Tekwani, “Setbacks to the China–Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) continue to mount, having spluttered along since its announcement as a showpiece of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in April 2015. CPEC may be further impeded by the recent alliance between Baloch and Sindhi separatist groups against Chinese interests, escalating security threats from the so-called ‘three evils’ in Pakistan — terrorism, religious extremism, and ethnic separatism. Pakistan must rein in the ‘three evils’ through good governance if CPEC [...]

Competitive Security Gaming: Rethinking Wargaming to Provide Competitive Intelligence that Informs Strategic Competition and National Security

By |2020-11-24T05:58:49-10:00November 24th, 2020|Categories: Canyon, Journal, news|Tags: , , , , |

“Competitive Security Gaming: Rethinking Wargaming to Provide Competitive Intelligence that Informs Strategic Competition and National Security” is the title of a paper written by Dr. Deon Canyon for Security Nexus. This article illustrates how wargaming may be used to inform a higher-level strategy, rather than conflict. Summary Generating competitive intelligence to make intelligent decisions in a world increasingly facing complex security challenges is more difficult than ever before. Competitive Security Gaming reframes wargaming in terms of strategic, operational and tactical competition rather than conflict. Like business wargames, it produces quality insight into the reactions and strategies of competing actors. But [...]

Planning for Military Involvement in an Indo-Pacific Pandemic Vaccination Program

By |2020-11-18T15:54:08-10:00November 18th, 2020|Categories: Canyon, Journal, news|Tags: , , |

“Planning for Military Involvement in an Indo-Pacific Pandemic Vaccination Program” is the title of a paper written by Sebastian Kevany, University of California, San Francisco; Deon Canyon, Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, Hawaii; Robert Ostergard, U.S. Navy (Retired); Michael Baker, U.S. Navy (Retired); Sheena Eagan, East Carolina University and Jacob Baker, Georgetown University, for Security Nexus. This article addresses the pros, cons, and planning of military involvement in an Indo-Pacific Pandemic Vaccination Program. Summary The Indo-Pacific contains most of the world’s population and many frail health systems that may falter when it comes to implementing a vast [...]

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