APCSS Faculty

Curtis D. Holtman

By |2021-06-24T17:32:25-10:00June 24th, 2021|Tags: , , , |

Major Curtis D. Holtman joined the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (DKI APCSS) in June 2021 following his tour as the Director of Staff, 306 Flying Training Group, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado. A fifth-generation service member, he commissioned into the Air Force from Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science in Economics. Maj Holtman is a Senior Pilot with over 1,900 hours in the T-34C, T-1A, C-130J and TG-16A. He has over 230 combat flight hours and has flown missions in support of combat, security cooperation, and humanitarian operations in [...]

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 [...]

Matt Tweed

By |2021-06-11T12:30:18-10:00June 4th, 2021|Tags: , |

Major Matt Tweed joined the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in May 2021 as the College of Security Studies Operations Officer after a four-year posting as the III Marine Expeditionary Force (III MEF) Oceania Desk Officer in Okinawa, Japan. He is a U.S. Marine Corps Regional Affairs Officer – Northeast Asia, and has over 7 years of continuous operational experience in the Indo-Pacific region, with extensive in-country experience in Japan, South Korea, and Australia partnered with their respective militaries. A prior-enlisted Air / Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (ANGLICO) Marine, and currently an Infantry Officer by trade, [...]

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 [...]

Faculty Engagement with the Thai Strategic Studies Center

By |2021-04-20T09:26:17-10:00April 20th, 2021|Categories: Faculty, news|Tags: , , , |

Building on its longstanding cooperation with the Royal Thai Armed Forces’ National Defence Studies Institute, Strategic Studies Center (SSC), on April 8 DKI APCSS contributed to SSC’s “Strategist” course for mid-level Thai national security practitioners.  DKI APCSS Senior Diplomatic Fellow, Henry M. Rector, provided a presentation on “The Indo-Pacific Strategy Under the New U.S. Administration.” Mr. Rector, a senior diplomat who served as Political Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok from 2017-20, analyzed the Indo-Pacific Strategy’s development and implementation to date, noting its emphasis on ASEAN centrality and analyzing its future prospects in light of the Biden Administration’s Interim [...]

Transshipment and Crime: The Outlaw Ocean Project and the Carrier Vessel Portal

By |2021-06-21T13:52:35-10:00March 24th, 2021|Categories: Faculty, news, webinar|Tags: , , |

On February 3, 2021, DKI APCSS’ LCDR Keith Wilkins chatted with Mr. Ian Urbina of The Outlaw Ocean Project, Mr. Tim White of the Global Fishing Watch, and Ms. Alyson Kauffman of the Pew Charitable Trusts for a webinar on “Transshipment and Crime: The Outlaw Ocean Project and the Carrier Vessel Portal” In this recording, Mr. Urbina discusses his first-hand accounts of crimes at sea, including Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing in the Indo-Pacific region.  Mr. White provides an overview and demonstration of the Carrier Vessel Portal and Ms. Kaufmann discusses case studies with the Carrier Vessel [...]

Strategic Competition, Cooperation, and Accommodation: Perspectives from the Indian Ocean Region

By |2021-03-23T08:17:21-10:00March 23rd, 2021|Categories: Faculty, Workshop, Yamin, External Publications, news|Tags: , |

“Strategic Competition, Cooperation, and Accommodation: Perspectives from the Indian Ocean Region,” is the title of a paper by Dr. Saira Yamin, Maj. Daniel Cedillo, Lt. Col. Nicholas Sikes, Dr. Srini Sitaraman and Lt. Cmdr. Keith Wilkins for Security Nexus. This article highlights the diversity of perspectives on strategic competition and opportunities for cooperation in the Indian Ocean Region drawing on discussions at the three-day virtual workshop organized by DKI APCSS. Summary This article draws on conversations facilitated at the virtual Indian Ocean Region Workshop convened by the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (DKI APCSS) in Honolulu, Hawaii, [...]

The Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism

By |2021-03-22T11:30:17-10:00March 22nd, 2021|Categories: Faculty, External Publications, news, Mullins|Tags: , , |

Dr. Sam Mullins has a new article on “The Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism:  Reassessing the Evidence” recently published by the European Institute of CT and Conflict Prevention in their  EICTP Research Study: Key Determinants in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond. Trajectory, Disruption and the Way Forward. Volume II. According to Mullins, “public commentary on this issue has generally suffered from failing to give due consideration to conflicting information; ignoring existing, long-term trends and alternative, explanatory factors; conflating correlation with causation; relying too heavily on theoretically-driven inferences and making assumptions beyond the available data.” Read [...]

The Future is Female: Positioning Women as Drivers of Economic Growth

By |2021-03-17T12:26:20-10:00March 17th, 2021|Categories: Faculty, Yamin, External Publications, news|Tags: , , |

Dr. Saira Yamin has a new article, “The Future is Female: Positioning Women as Drivers of Economic Growth,” published in a special International Women’s Day publication by UNDP Pakistan titled Womenomics: Women Powering the Economy.  In this article, she highlights six Indo-Pacific countries (Japan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam) where gender inclusion in the work force is pursued as a targeted policy to accelerate economic growth, both pre- and post COVID. Read the full article Dr. Saira Yamin is a professor at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (DKI APCSS). The views expressed in this [...]

Has the internet created a "perfect storm" for terrorists?

By |2021-03-08T11:10:43-10:00March 8th, 2021|Categories: Faculty, External Publications, news, Mullins|Tags: , |

Dr. Sam Mullins’ latest article, "COVID-19 and Terrorism in the West: Has Radicalization Really Gone Viral?", was recently published by the Just Security blog. Co-authored with Michael King, this analytical report looks at the forecasted wave of pandemic-induced terrorism. According to the authors, this wave “has been exaggerated and rests upon a collection of precarious assumptions." They further state that: “these various assumptions support what we refer to as the “perfect storm” theory of COVID-19 and terrorism, to which we now turn a critical eye. By taking a contrarian view, we hope to encourage a more balanced and rigorous discussion [...]

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