Oceania’s Potential Role in Space Governance Development?

By |2020-05-13T15:09:19-10:00May 13th, 2020|Categories: Faculty Articles, Oehlers, Journal|Tags: , , |

“Oceania's Potential Role in Space Governance Development?” is a new paper written by Dr. Alfred Oehlers for Security Nexus. In this paper, Dr. Oehlers focuses on the potential of Oceania playing a more vital role in the future of space governance. Excerpt: It may seem incongruous to speak of space and Oceania together. Somehow, the juxtaposition of high-tech space missions against a commonly held vision of relaxed, sunny, palm-fringed beaches, just seems odd. Yet, in these unusual times we live in, the connection may be more important than we realize. At a time of heightened geopolitical competition across multiple domains, Oceania [...]

COVID-19 and the ASEAN Chair Agenda: Vietnam’s Lost Year? and Brunei’s, Too?

By |2020-04-24T14:45:26-10:00April 24th, 2020|Categories: Faculty Articles, Oehlers, Journal|Tags: , , , , |

“COVID-19 and the ASEAN Chair Agenda: Vietnam's Lost Year? and Brunei's, Too?” is a new paper authored by Dr. Alfred Oehlers for Security Nexus. In this paper, Oehlers states that “There is mounting concern the COVID-19 pandemic may negatively affect progress with several crucial issues confronting the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Precautionary measures such as restricted travel have virtually paralyzed progress while intensifying impacts have injected additional priorities on already crowded agendas, all to be addressed by Chairs facing increasing constraints. Efforts by the current and next incoming Chair – Vietnam and Brunei, respectively – will likely mitigate circumstances. ASEAN [...]

COVID-19, Debt, and Strategic Competition

By |2020-04-20T09:07:11-10:00April 20th, 2020|Categories: Faculty Articles, Oehlers, Journal|Tags: , , , , |

“COVID-19, Debt, and Strategic Competition,” is a new paper authored by Dr. Alfred Oehlers for Security Nexus. In this paper, Oehlers states that “The current pandemic-induced economic crisis presents a unique opportunity for the United States and like-minded partners to reverse the gains China has made through its debt-led approach to acquire economic and political leverage. By addressing the debt challenges increasingly faced by some developing countries, the financial leverage China holds over any of these can be weakened significantly. Additionally, a multilateral response to the debt challenge grounded on current international rules-based norms, principles, and institutions, will counter Chinese intentions [...]

Natural Disasters in the Pacific

By |2014-02-20T09:26:16-10:00February 19th, 2014|Categories: College, Campbell, Oehlers, Ear|

The Armed Forces Network recently ran a series on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR) in the U.S. Pacific Command area of responsibility. The story by U.S. Air Force Technical Sgt. Michael Jackson features interviews with experts from the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies including:  Professor Jessica Ear, Dr. Alfred Oehlers, and Dr. James Campbell. The series highlights the need for careful cooperation between nations to prepared for and minimize the impact of potential disasters. Also featured are Commander of U.S. Pacific Command Admiral Samuel Locklear and Mr. Peter Colvin of the Pacific Disaster Center. Watch the series online now:   [...]

Korea, Papua: Topics of Latest Faculty Articles

By |2016-01-21T13:00:07-10:00February 28th, 2012|Categories: Faculty, Research, Faculty Articles, Kim, Oehlers|

APCSS professors Dr. Steven Kim and Dr. Al Oehlers recently published articles on strategic crossroads and how these can impact the region. “North Korea’s succession: Kim Jong-un faces tough strategic decisions” by Dr. Steven Kim was recently published by the East Asia Forum.  In the article, Kim describes how “The Kim Jong-un regime now stands at a crossroads, and the country’s future depends on whether it looks to the past or to the future in searching for the solutions to its enormous and pressing problems.”   Read More… “Papua: Time for Firm U.S. Stand?” by Dr. Al Oehlers was featured in The Diplomat.  In the article he describes [...]

‘Check-book diplomacy’ in the Pacific: A troubling return?

By |2013-01-03T11:34:57-10:00September 1st, 2011|Categories: Faculty, College, Oehlers|

“Not long after the ‘truce’ between China and Taiwan, suspending their competitive bidding for diplomatic recognition among Pacific island states, the game has seemingly returned. This time a different cast is at play, revolving around the little-known republic of Abkhazia and alleged Russian financial inducements to win recognition for Abkhazia’s secession from Georgia.” This is an excerpt from a new article by Dr. Al Oehlers printed in a recent edition of the East Asia Forum. In the article, Oehlers discusses the impact of “check-book diplomacy” in the Pacific and asks questions of how this going down this path could ultimately hurt [...]