APCSS Faculty

New OpEd on India and its Neighbors by Shyam Tekwani

By |2020-07-01T14:53:36-10:00July 1st, 2020|Categories: Tekwani, External Publications, news|Tags: , , , |

“India’s bullying of its neighbours boosted China. Now it needs to build a strong backyard.” DKI APCSS Professor Shyam Tekwani writes for the South China Morning Post. The opinion piece states that: “after facilitating China’s expansionist goals by treating nearby countries badly, India needs to demonstrate good neighbourliness to realise its global potential. According to Tekwani, India needs to “to build the strong and prosperous backyard it needs to realise its own potential to become an influential voice in global decision-making.” Read the full article The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do [...]

Pacific Trident III:  The Strengths and Weaknesses of the U.S. Alliance System Under Gray Zone Operations

By |2020-06-29T14:55:58-10:00June 26th, 2020|Categories: External Publications, news, hemmings|Tags: |

“Pacific Trident III:  The Strengths and Weaknesses of the U.S. Alliance System Under Gray Zone Operations”  is the latest paper by DKI APCSS Associate Professor John Hemmings. The paper looks at how tabletop exercises (TTX) are used to train participants on crisis management.  The TTX, Pacific Trident III,” was created and run by Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA (Sasakawa USA), a think tank based in Washington D.C. According to Hemmings, “The tabletop exercise utilized two different crises at the same time, challenging the United States and allied players as to which was the 'real' crisis, and which merited prioritization. Also, both crises [...]

Terrorism and COVID-19: Are We Over-Estimating the Threat?

By |2020-06-25T15:07:30-10:00June 25th, 2020|Categories: External Publications, news, Mullins|Tags: , |

“Terrorism and COVID-19: Are We Over-Estimating the Threat?” is a new article by DKI APCSS professor Dr. Sam Mullins for the Small Wars Journal. In this article, Mullins looks at if and how terrorists are using the COVID-19 pandemic to further their goals. “There is an established tendency to interpret everything that violent extremists and terrorists now do through the lens of the coronavirus pandemic. Almost invariably, this is done in such a way as to magnify our perception of the threat. But is this really an accurate assessment?" asked Mullins in his paper. Read the full article on the Small [...]

Sri Lanka’s return to ethnic majoritarianism

By |2020-06-19T15:00:50-10:00June 19th, 2020|Categories: Tekwani, External Publications, news|Tags: , , |

DKI APCSS Professor Shyam Tekwani has a new article published by the East Asia Forum entitled “Sri Lanka’s return to ethnic majoritarianism.” In the article, Tekwani states that “Before Sri Lanka’s economy can be rebuilt or democratic institutions revitalised, the country will need to come to terms with its legacies of violence.” Read the full article online at: https://www.eastasiaforum.org/2020/06/19/sri-lankas-return-to-ethnic-majoritarianism/ Shyam Tekwani is Professor at the Daniel K Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies. The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily represent the views of APCSS, the US Department of Defense or the US government.

Structuring ASEAN military involvement in disaster management and the ASEAN Militaries Ready Group

By |2020-06-10T17:00:52-10:00June 10th, 2020|Categories: Canyon, Journal, news, Kunce|Tags: , , |

“Structuring ASEAN military involvement in disaster management and the ASEAN Militaries Ready Group” is a new OpEd coauthored by DKI APCSS professors Dr. Deon Canyon and Dr. Elizabeth Kunce for Security Nexus. Also contributing to the article is Dr. Benjamin Ryan of Baylor University. This paper explores the most recent efforts by the ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting Plus (ADMM-Plus) Experts Working Group on HADR 2017-2020 to support ASEAN’s response capacity with the development and adoption of SOPs for an ASEAN Militaries Ready Group (AMRG). Excerpt: It is clear from the ambitious vision of the One ASEAN, One Response declaration that ASEAN [...]

Positioning ASEAN in Cyberspace

By |2020-05-05T10:06:27-10:00May 1st, 2020|Categories: Opinions/Editorials, Independent Faculty Articles, External Publications, Noor|Tags: , |

DKI APCSS Associate Professor Elina Noor recently published an article titled “Positioning ASEAN in Cyberspace” in Asia Policy, The National Bureau of Asian Research's a peer-reviewed scholarly journal presenting policy-relevant academic research on the Asia-Pacific. In this paper, Noor states that “Although international law is silent on espionage, in cyberspace the line between information collection and military preparation is much less distinct than in the kinetic space. Cyberspace complements and augments traditional analytical capabilities by enabling quicker and more comprehensive information collection by using the larger sets of data. The lag time between information collection, intelligence analysis, and logistical surge in [...]

North Korea’s ruling dynasty will continue, with Kim Yo-jong next in line

By |2020-05-01T16:10:29-10:00May 1st, 2020|Categories: Faculty Articles, Opinions/Editorials, External Publications, Minnich, news|Tags: , , |

DKI APCSS Professor James Minnich recently published an OpEd titled “North Korea's ruling dynasty will continue, with Kim Yo-jong next in line” in The Telegraph. In this paper, Minnich writes “Today’s potential succession questions are the same with the addition of the gender question as a debated leadership characteristic. Kim Yo-jong is the most prominent dynastic Kim today, after her brother, Chairman Kim Jong-un. Kim Yo-jong, 32, is a senior official in the Workers’ Party of Korea and serves as First Deputy Director of the Propaganda and Agitation Department and alternate member of the Politburo. She has been prominent in several [...]

Srini Sitaraman

By |2020-03-11T15:04:29-10:00February 10th, 2020|Tags: , , , |

Dr. Srini Sitaraman joined the Daniel K. Inouye Center for Asia Pacific Studies (DKI APCSS) as a Professor in December 2019. His focus at the DKIAPCSS is on the Indo-Pacific Security with a particular focus on South Asia, Regional Conflict, and India-China Relations. He is also interested in New Technologies & International Security, Internet and Digital Diplomacy, Nonproliferation, and the United Nations and International Law. Prior to arriving at the DKI APCSS, Dr. Sitaraman was a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Clark University in Worcester, MA, where he directed the award-winning Model United Nations [...]

Michael S. Bucher

By |2020-02-10T09:05:02-10:00February 10th, 2020|Tags: , , , |

Lieutenant Colonel Mike Bucher joined the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (DKI APCSS) in 2020 as a military faculty member. He is a U.S. Air Force Foreign Area Officer with extensive experience in the Indo-Pacific Region in the diplomatic corps and security cooperation enterprise. Lt. Col. Bucher was commissioned in 1995 and first served as an aircraft maintenance officer when he added the F-16 to his portfolio of previous work on T-38, F-15 and FB-111A aircraft. In 2000 he transitioned to be a mathematical analyst and joined the teaching faulty at the U.S. Air Force Academy [...]

Artificial Intelligence: the case of international cooperation

By |2020-01-06T16:33:09-10:00January 6th, 2020|Categories: Independent Faculty Articles, External Publications, Noor|

Prof. Elina Noor has a new article published by the International Institute for Strategic Studies on “Artificial Intelligence: the case of international cooperation.” In the article, she outlines two areas of “digital disjuncture” related to AI --  the evolving global order and inclusivity in governance. Noor states, “As technology looks set to increasingly become a determinant of national power, political and strategic tensions will coalesce and intensify around developments such as AI. Correspondingly, market access and dominance, as well as technical standards-setting for the next generation of technological infrastructure, will become greater points of contention. This will have significant implications for [...]