Senior Leaders Wargame Insights into the U.S. – North Korea Nuclear Standoff

By |2021-06-22T15:19:50-10:00June 22nd, 2021|Categories: Canyon, Journal, news|Tags: , , |

“Senior Leaders Wargame Insights into the U.S. - North Korea Nuclear Standoff,” is the title of a paper by Dr. Deon Canyon, Jonathan Cham and Jim Potenza for Security Nexus. This article details how DKI APCSS employs wargames in courses to tackle the most complex and difficult regional challenges, and provides statistical results from a recent course. Summary In dealing with complex security issues and imperfect information, decision-makers frequently rely on mental models that limit their capacity to make fully rational decisions. Wargames can provide an innovative option for challenging assumptions based on past experience, exposing unassessed risk, and gaining [...]

China’s quiet challenges at sea: explaining China’s maritime activities in the Yellow Sea, 2010–2020

By |2021-06-14T13:00:47-10:00June 11th, 2021|Categories: Faculty Articles, External Publications, news, Cho|Tags: , , |

Professor Sungmin Cho’s latest peer-reviewed article entitled China’s quiet challenges at sea: explaining China’s maritime activities in the Yellow Sea, 2010–2020 Abstract The Chinese military activities in the Yellow Sea have visibly increased. Compared to the South or East China Sea, however, China has not escalated tensions to the strategic level by employing paramilitary and nonmilitary tools of influence. The “regional hegemony” thesis can partially explain the increase of China’s military activities at the operational level. But it does not explain why China refrains from posing strategic challenges in the Yellow Sea in the way it does in the South [...]

DKI APCSS Professors Contribute to Book on Russia’s Global Reach

By |2021-05-27T15:57:49-10:00May 27th, 2021|Categories: Faculty, External Publications, Burgoyne, publication, news, Turvold, Dorschner|Tags: , , |

DKI APCSS professors have contributed to a new book, “Russia’s Global Reach: A Security and Statecraft Assessment” published by the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies. Professors Wade Turvold, Michael Burgoyne, and Michael Dorschner contributed two chapters to the book. The first is “Russia and China: Putin Turns to the East” which looks at the growing importance of Russia’s relationship with China.  The second chapter is “Russia and Northeast Asia: Unrealized Potential” which discusses missed opportunities for collaboration in the region. Read or Download The Chapters Professors Wade Turvold, Michael Burgoyne, and Michael Dorschner [...]

U.S. Command and Control across the Spectrum of Gray-Zone Operations in the East China Sea

By |2021-05-25T16:38:06-10:00May 25th, 2021|Categories: Journal, news, hemmings, Turvold|Tags: , , |

“U.S. Command and Control across the Spectrum of Gray-Zone Operations in the East China Sea” is a new essay by DKI APCSS professors Dr. John Hemmings and Prof. Wade Turvold published by the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) in its special report, “Murky Waters in the East China Sea Chinese Gray-Zone Operations and U.S.-Japan Alliance Coordination.” The essay examines the role of the U.S. in gray-zone contingencies in the East China Sea in the context of alliance coordination with Japan. Executive Summary: The U.S. and Japan produced the New Defense Guidelines in 2015 that created the alliance coordination mechanism [...]

How Beijing Sees Korea

By |2021-05-24T16:37:29-10:00May 24th, 2021|Categories: news, Cho, Media|Tags: , , |

Dr.Sungmin Cho recently joined ChinaTalk for a discussion on the dynamics among China, North and South Koreas. ChinaTalk is an interview-based show  sponsored by the Center for a New American Security (CNAS).   In this 40-minute episode, Dr.Cho discusses why North Korea failed to emulate Deng Xiaoping's Opening and reform policies, why China's wealthy and educated youth could be both liberal and nationalistic, and why China used to cooperate with Western organizations that aimed to democratize China." Listen to the Podcast Dr. Cho is a professor at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (DKI APCSS) in Honolulu, [...]

China’s Manipulative Use of Climate Change

By |2021-05-20T12:21:00-10:00May 18th, 2021|Categories: Canyon, Journal, news|Tags: , , |

“China’s Manipulative Use of Climate Change” is the title of a paper by Dr. Deon Canyon for Security Nexus. This article details how China, through the use of irregular warfare tactics and outright deception, continues in their leading role of producing greenhouse gas emissions that exceed the emissions of all developed nations combined. Summary China’s initial reductions in emissions and rapidly growing renewable energy activities have cast it as a global leader in climate change. However, its manipulative economic climate strategy has taken advantage of other well-meaning nations even as it has progressively extended its lead as the worst global [...]

Goldilocks Power and the Reform of Irregular Warfare in a Changing World

By |2021-05-18T11:55:40-10:00May 14th, 2021|Categories: Canyon, Journal, news|Tags: , , |

“Goldilocks Power and the Reform of Irregular Warfare in a Changing World” is the title of a paper by Dr. Deon Canyon for Security Nexus. This article defines how irregular warfare applies to strategic competition and the need for a “whole of government/society approach” in applying this capability. Summary The concepts underlying Goldilocks Power have been integral to human pursuits from the beginning of creative thought. Despite being a daily endeavor in every boardroom, political office, and diplomatic meeting, Goldilocks endeavors have been narrowly defined as “irregular warfare” by the military and run by special operations forces. In 2020, the [...]

Rebalance U.S. Coast Guard Cutters to Help Advance a ‘Free and Open’ Indo-Pacific

By |2021-05-13T15:23:05-10:00May 13th, 2021|Categories: Journal, news, Moyseowicz|Tags: , , , |

“Rebalance U.S. Coast Guard Cutters to Help Advance a ‘Free and Open’ Indo-Pacific,” is the title of a paper by Lt. Cmdr. Mike Moyseowicz for Security Nexus. This article analyzes the distribution of United States Coast Guard assets around the world and the need to reexamine the distribution to better serve a “free and open” Indo-Pacific. Summary: As a federal maritime law enforcement agency, the U.S. Coast Guard works to counter maritime security threats, promote a rules-based international order in the maritime domain, uphold respect for sovereignty, and ensure the freedom of the seas. With missions ranging across the vast [...]

India Leading International HADR Cooperation in South Asia

By |2021-05-07T14:31:16-10:00May 11th, 2021|Categories: Canyon, Journal, news|Tags: , , |

“India Leading International HADR Cooperation in South Asia,” is the title of a paper by Dr. Deon Canyon for Security Nexus. This article emphasizes the need for India to continue developing more robust internal processes, improve inter-agency and inter-ministry cooperation, and engage more holistically with stakeholders, including civil society, as a provider in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. Summary Fueled by stable economic growth, India is stepping up as a provider of international humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in South Asia and beyond. This includes supporting multilateral endeavors, resourcing and innovating sub-regional efforts, and continuing to expand bilateral engagements. As [...]

SARS-COV-2 Mutations, Variants, and National Security

By |2021-05-07T14:14:39-10:00May 8th, 2021|Categories: Canyon, Journal, news, kevany|Tags: , , , , , |

“SARS-COV-2 Mutations, Variants, and National Security,” is the title of a paper by Dr. Deon Canyon, Dr. Sebastian Kevany and retired Rear Adm. Michael S. Baker for Security Nexus. This article explains how COVID-19 mutations emerge, and how governments would be potentially remiss in turning away from health security protocols and issues, including funding for variant testing, even after the acute phase of the global pandemic is over. Summary Placing a priority on the surveillance of Covid mutations by investing in genomic sequencing is vital to ensuring a forward leaning posture and a proactive response to dangerous new variants. More [...]

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