Policy recommendations for combatting overfishing and fisheries crime

By |2021-10-25T15:15:37-10:00October 22nd, 2021|Categories: Canyon, Journal, news, Allen, Long, Brown_c|Tags: , |

“Policy recommendations for combatting overfishing and fisheries crime,” is the title of a paper by Dr. Deon Canyon, Dr. Ethan Allen, Capt. Michael Long, and Lt. Cmdr. Christine Brown, for Security Nexus. This paper explores the perpetrators of overfishing, the role of fisheries crime in overfishing, efforts to combat overfishing including legal frameworks, approaches of the US and its partners, and international security cooperation on fishing subsidies, and provides seventeen policy recommendations. Summary Like all natural resources on Earth, fish are finite. While aquaculture now supplies about half of the fish caught annually, and while estimates of amounts being fished [...]

Vaccinate the Pacific!

By |2021-10-05T11:06:55-10:00October 5th, 2021|Categories: Journal, news|Tags: , , |

“Vaccinate the Pacific!” is the title of a paper by Kevin E. Lunday, for Security Nexus. This paper emphasizes the need for the U.S. to influence the expansion of global vaccination efforts, particularly in Pacific Island nations. Excerpt The U.S. should immediately increase targeted vaccinations, other health assistance, and development aid to the Pacific islands, employing a unified, focused Federal response that leverages the interagency and allies for leadership, diplomacy, coordination, medical aid, and communications. COVID-19 is not the only crisis facing Pacific island nations; it is just the most immediate and pressing one. Oceania also faces longer-term challenges with [...]

China’s Gray Zone Operations in the Yellow Sea

By |2021-09-30T16:46:43-10:00September 30th, 2021|Categories: Journal, news|Tags: , |

“China's Gray Zone Operations in the Yellow Sea,” is the title of a paper by Chungjin Jung, for Security Nexus. This paper illustrates the increasing effects the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) Gray Zone Activities are having on Japan and Southeast Asian countries, and the need for long-term strategies for an appropriate response. Summary China has carried out gray zone operations in the East and the South China Sea against Japan and Southeast Asian countries and is trying to change the status quo little by little and make it a fait accompli to gain advantages in these sea areas. China's [...]

Learning to Live with Endemic Covid-19

By |2021-09-21T16:38:17-10:00September 21st, 2021|Categories: Canyon, Journal, news|Tags: |

“Learning to Live with Endemic Covid-19,” is the title of a paper by Frederic S. Goldstein, Benjamin J. Ryan, and Deon V. Canyon, for Security Nexus. This paper provides solutions in coping with the overwhelming surges of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths associated with the Delta variant. Excerpt We have seen the socioeconomic impacts of extremes in decision making that drive national leaders to seek a realistic path that retains the flexibility to adjust as the situation changes. The possibility remains that humanity will encounter a variant that is more contagious, more virulent, and unresponsive to current vaccines. To cope [...]

A Biodefense Fusion Center to Improve Disease Surveillance and Early Warnings to Enhance National Security

By |2021-09-20T13:08:42-10:00September 20th, 2021|Categories: Canyon, Journal, news, kevany|Tags: , , |

“A Biodefense Fusion Center to Improve Disease Surveillance and Early Warnings to Enhance National Security,” is the title of a paper by Michael Baker, Jacob Baker, Deon Canyon, and Sebastian Kevany, for Security Nexus. This paper discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to the forefront the need to establish a BioDefense Fusion Center to enhance coordination and to protect national security. Exerpt Infectious diseases continue to evolve and disrupt nations around the globe at a faster pace. This process is exacerbated by demographic, political, and climate change pressures on populations that push humanity into habitats that were once wilderness [...]

Military and Private Sector HADR – Now a Sophisticated Tool for Strategic Competition

By |2021-09-01T12:04:34-10:00September 1st, 2021|Categories: Canyon, Journal, news|Tags: , |

“Military and Private Sector HADR – Now a Sophisticated Tool for Strategic Competition,” is the title of a paper by Drs. Deon Canyon and Benjamin Ryan, for Security Nexus. This paper illustrates how humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) has emerged as a sophisticated diplomatic tool for strategic competition. Abstract The delivery of HADR by the military has become standard practice, especially in the Indo-Pacific. In this region, proactive efforts to enhance military-to-military and military-civilian integration are now maturing and have been primed for the next phase, integration of the private sector. This sector has more local capacity than any [...]

Wargaming Future National Security Threats Posed by Emerging Vector-Borne Diseases

By |2021-09-01T12:01:58-10:00August 17th, 2021|Categories: Canyon, Journal, news|Tags: , |

“Wargaming Future National Security Threats Posed by Emerging Vector-Borne Diseases,” is the title of a paper by Dr. Deon Canyon, for Security Nexus. This paper highlights the reemergence of vector-borne diseases (VDB) such as West Nile virus, Dengue fever, Zika virus and Chikungunya virus, and their spread in North America, due to changing ecological contexts such as globalization, climate change, and human modification of ecosystems that have resulted in shifting habitats, exposure to new vectors, and the movement of vectors around the world. The paper suggests how a wargaming effort should aim to establish the existing level of government knowledge, [...]

Lessons from India’s Handling of the Second Wave of Sars-Cov-2 Delta Variant Surge

By |2021-08-06T14:40:27-10:00August 6th, 2021|Categories: Journal, news, Sitaraman, kevany|Tags: , , , |

“Lessons from India’s Handling of the Second Wave of Sars-Cov-2 Delta Variant Surge,” is the title of a paper by Drs. Srini Sitaraman and Sebastian Kevany, for Security Nexus. This article identifies key deficiencies in the Indian public health system along with other parts of the world, and the lessons learned from those deficiencies. Abstract The second wave of the coronavirus caused by the mutant Delta variant led to the deaths of 209,182 people from April 15 to June 17, 2021 in India (Data source: Our World in Data). But, some estimates peg the number of COVID-19-related deaths significantly higher [...]

Combating Health-Related Cyber Security Threats with Health Systems Approaches

By |2021-07-14T08:48:54-10:00July 12th, 2021|Categories: Canyon, Journal, news, kevany|Tags: , , |

“Combating Health-Related Cyber Security Threats with Health Systems Approaches,” is the title of a paper by Drs. Sebastian Kevany and Deon Canyon, for Security Nexus. This article emphasizes the need for a multi-level approach to cyber security in protecting health care systems and information. Summary Cyber attacks on health systems are generally regarded as one of the most ethically-compromised activities enabled by the dark web and anonymous browsing apps. The risks to not just the health care system but also human lives are significant, and these threats are on the rise. Though only one element of a necessary multi-level effort [...]

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 [...]

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