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Chinese Democracy: Some Guns and Some Roses?

By |2022-05-23T11:17:44-10:00May 23rd, 2022|Categories: College, news, Cho, Media, featured|Tags: , , , |

DKI APCSS professor Dr. Sungmin Cho recently appeared on the “All Things Policy” podcast hosted by the Takshashila Institution in India. The title of this episode is Chinese Democracy: Some Guns and Some Roses?  According to the podcast summary: “China has tried to define and project itself as a democracy as opposed to the general conception of China as an authoritarian political system. These attempts seem to be not just to highlight China's democratic system, but also to highlight how different it is from the western conception of democracy. In this episode, Megha Pardhi talks to Dr. Sungmin Cho about [...]

IPOC 22-1 Motivates Fellows to Improve Regional Security

By |2022-05-03T16:22:42-10:00April 21st, 2022|Categories: Courses, College, news, featured|Tags: |

Understanding the complexity of the Indo-Pacific region was the focus of the recent Indo-Pacific Orientation Course recently held at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies (DKI APCSS) in Honolulu, HI. During the 5-day course, 127 military and civilian security practitioners received a series of lectures that equipped them to engage in security efforts in the Indo-Pacific region. In keeping with DKI APCSS' shared learning model, the course schedule followed each plenary lecture with professor-led small group discussions. Many Fellows expressed that they learned the most from these discussions. "Hearing the different perspectives from the other agencies and [...]

Celebrating the life of Captain (ret.) Albert Shimkus Jr.

By |2022-05-03T16:30:30-10:00April 6th, 2022|Categories: Faculty, College, news, featured|Tags: , , , |

Captain (ret.) Albert Shimkus Jr. The Daniel K. Inouye Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies celebrates the life of former professor and Navy Captain Albert Shimkus Jr. (April 6, 1945 - March 12, 2022). Born in Hopedale Massachusetts, he graduated from Hopedale High School in 1965 where he was a runner on the cross country team. After graduation, while the U.S. was fully engaged in the Vietnam War, he enrolled in seminary. He left the seminary and lost his 4D Deferment Status and quickly enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. In 1967, he deployed to Bien Hoa Air Force [...]

DKI APCSS Professor Sungmin Cho Featured on the Nordic Asia Podcast

By |2022-05-03T16:28:29-10:00April 5th, 2022|Categories: College, Faculty Articles, news, Cho, Media, featured|Tags: , , , |

On March 27, the Nordic Asia Podcast featured DKI APCSS professor Dr. Sungmin Cho who spoke on the multi-faceted security dilemmas that beset the Korean Peninsula. In the thirty-minute interview, Dr. Cho forecasted future changes for South Korea’s President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol’s foreign policy. According to Dr. Cho, while the previous administration utilized a policy of strategic ambiguity, the incoming administration will move forward with strategic clarity. As expected, the new administration will emphasize the U.S.-South Korean Alliance. In regards to its relationship with China, the administration will seek to maintain a positive commercial relationship while avoiding retaliations related to security [...]

Should the Quad Become a Formal Alliance?

By |2022-05-03T16:28:54-10:00April 4th, 2022|Categories: College, Faculty Articles, news, hemmings, featured|Tags: , , |

Dr. John Hemmings has a new article in the latest Journal of Indo-Pacific Affairs titled “Should the Quad Become a Formal Alliance?” According to Hemmings, “this article examines alignments and alliances before the First and Second World War and during the Cold War to shed light on the current Quad arrangement. Looking at the first two periods, we can see that under-balancing by democracies is not particularly unusual historically. It happens more often than not and often fails to deter aggression by other powers.” The end result is, as he states, “that not only are policy elites within the Quad [...]

The U.S.-China Power Transition: An assessment of China’s internal view

By |2022-03-28T09:38:52-10:00March 28th, 2022|Categories: College, Faculty Articles, news, Cho|Tags: , , , |

Dr.Sungmin Cho has a new paper titled “The U.S.-China Power Transition: An assessment of China’s internal view” published in the Melbourne Asia Review. According to Cho, “It is vital to understand how Chinese policymakers and analysts view the regional order, whether one agrees with them or not. How do they assess China’s national power and its future trajectory in comparison with the United States? How do the Chinese foreign policy elites view the changing trend of regional order, and why do they see it that way? This article aims to explain China’s internal view of the regional order in the [...]

The Comprehensive Security Cooperation Course Launches with 70 Fellows in Resident

By |2022-03-24T16:13:10-10:00March 17th, 2022|Categories: Courses, College, news|

DKI APCSS welcomes a group of 70 security practitioners from the Indo-Pacific region who will be the first graduates of the new Comprehensive Security Cooperation Course (CSC).   The participants range from high ranking military officers, directors of government agencies, law enforcement, and leaders of nonprofit organizations. Fifty-seven of the Fellows have travelled internationally from their home countries to attend the course. The 5- week program, which began on February 24, marks the first long course the Center has hosted since the beginning of the pandemic.  All Fellows coming from outside the State of Hawaii passed thru the Hawaii’s Safe Travels Program, [...]

CSRT 21-1: Counterterrorism Course Goes Out with a Bang, Paves the Way for New, Comprehensive Security Cooperation Program

By |2021-08-13T15:31:24-10:00August 13th, 2021|Categories: Courses, College, news|Tags: |

From July 12-15, DKI APCSS successfully conducted the final iteration of its long standing counterterrorism (CT) course, the Comprehensive Security Responses to Terrorism program (CSRT 21-1), which has been running since 2005 and has more than 1,600 graduates from throughout the Indo-Pacific region and around the globe. In future, CT will be covered in the new, Comprehensive Security Cooperation (CSC) program, which will be launched by DKI APCSS in 2022. Adapting to the Pandemic Historically, CSRT has been conducted at the DKI APCSS facilities in Waikiki over a period of four to five weeks. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CSRT [...]

Comprehensive Maritime Security Cooperation Module

By |2021-06-24T17:01:45-10:00June 24th, 2021|Categories: Courses, College, DKI APCSS, news|Tags: , , |

The Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies completed the virtual Comprehensive Maritime Security Cooperation (CMSC) 21-1 module held June 14-17, 2021. For 80 Fellows from 20 countries, this module was an opportunity to refresh regional awareness of the importance of maritime security. The event focused on maritime security in Southeast Asia, and looked at two challenges in the region. The first was the challenge to the rules-based international order in the South China Sea, and the second was the emerging security threat that climate change poses to the maritime environment of the region. Two keynote speakers opened the [...]

DKI APCSS faculty presents at Thai Strategic Studies Center

By |2021-05-26T15:49:40-10:00May 26th, 2021|Categories: Courses, College, DKI APCSS, news|Tags: , , |

The Royal Thai Armed Forces’ Strategic Studies Center of the National Defence Studies Institute hosted their second Senior Security Studies Program, May 17-21, 2021, in Bangkok.  The intensive one-week program for senior Thai security sector leaders emphasized key geopolitical and security trends in the region as well as capacities to manage these for both leaders and institutions.  Center leadership and faculty members from The Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies supported the program as lecturers. In the opening ceremonies, General Siravuth Wongkantee, Commanding General of the National Defence Studies Institute, emphasized the importance of the partnership with the [...]

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