“Strategic Competition & Security Cooperation in the Blue Pacific” is the latest publication from the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies. The book explores the dynamic geopolitical pressures in the region and addresses how these pressures impact security architecture, relationships, and policy. Multidimensional security challenges, such as COVID-19, climate change, water and food, piracy, and maritime challenge, are deliberated upon and given policy recommendations. It’s17 contributors represent high-ranking individuals and experts who have geared the content for policymakers, security practitioners, and researchers. This book represents the third DKI APCSS publication on Oceania security. Previous publications on the topic [...]
Improving Pandemic Response With Military Tools: Using Enhanced Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance
“Improving Pandemic Response With Military Tools: Using Enhanced Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance” is an article published in September 2022 that is part of a larger journal entitled Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness on the Cambridge University Press website. DKI APCSS faculty members Deon V. Canyon and Sebastian Kevany contributed to this paper. This article touches on some of the effects that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the world and how there is a need for “improved disease surveillance and health protection measures.” It is proposed that there be enhanced cooperation with the military and existing medical intelligence networks [...]
“Pacific summit is Biden's chance to demonstrate U.S. soft power” is an opinion article written by DKI APCSS faculty member Alexander Vuving and published in September 2022 on Nikkei Asia. This article introduces how the US is beginning to work in the Indo-Pacific region again and reach out to Pacific Island nations to strengthen diplomatic relations. Vuving also offers suggestions on how the U.S. and its allies should seek sustainable influence in the Pacific region. In addition, this paper provides a brief explanation of China’s approach to forming relations with other countries in the region as well as some of [...]
Fagan, an alumnus of the Transnational Security Cooperation (TSC) course 19-1, was honored as the first female Service Chief of any U.S. military service on June 1, 2022. In her remarks to the 103 Fellows, she expounded on the U.S. Coast Guard’s various responsibilities, which include search and rescue, maritime safety, environmental protection, port security, and Illegal, Unregulated, Unreported (IUU) Fishing. Fagan emphasized that to enforce Maritime security in the Indo-Pacific region it will take a “unity of effort.” “Together, we strengthen maritime governance,” said Fagan. “There is not any one of us in this room that has all the authority, capacity, and capability to counter some of the threats facing us collectively.”
This paper highlights some of the moves China is making in the Indo-Pacific region to ascertain more influence as well as provides an overview of the significance of US relations with the Freely Associated States (FAS).
In preparation for his upcoming travel to the region, Admiral Sam Paparo, Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, visited the Center to engage in a roundtable discussion with Oceania subject matter experts. The participants represented premier experts from three organizations located on Oahu: DKI APCSS, the East-West Center, and the Pacific Forum.
Pursuing practical cooperative measures to mitigate maritime security challenges was one of the topics addressed at the recent 17th ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting Plus, Experts’ Working Group on Maritime Security held August 23-24 at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu, HI.
In recognition of a stellar career in Federal service, Deaf in Government (DIG), a 501(c)(3) organization, has selected Flo Rapozo as a chairperson for the upcoming events: the Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity (Honolulu, March 2023), and the Deaf in Government Conference (Washington, D.C., June 2023). “[Her selection] as chairperson speaks volumes about her professionalism, dedication and work ethic,” said Carlton Cramer, Dean of the College of Security Studies. For 22 years, Rapozo has supported the Center’s College of Security Studies as an Education Technician. As part of the College Operations staff she performs a variety of [...]
Faculty and senior leadership from the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies traveled to Thailand in July to participate in the Senior Security Studies Program hosted by the Royal Thai Armed Forces’ Strategic Studies Center of the National Defence Studies Institute. The intensive one-week course for senior Thai security sector leaders, held in Bangsaen, Chonburi, emphasized the impact of change in the region as well as the capacity to manage change for both leaders and institutions. Thirty participants from a variety of government organizations attended the course. They represented various offices within Parliament; the Ministries of Defense, Justice, [...]
On Monday morning (July 25, 2022), Myanmar’s military junta released the news that they executed four political prisoners who were leaders in the movement for democracy. Social media went into over-drive expressing outrage, sorrow, and defiance against the military junta. Domestically and internationally, communities swiftly condemned the unjust execution of the democracy movement leaders.