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Dr. Sungmin Cho has a new paper published by the Pacific Forum entitled "The New US Diplomacy with China: ‘Keep Your Promises’ " In his article, Cho discusses the idea of creating political division within China and its potential impacts on the US-China relationship. He addresses the questions of "What is the logic behind this idea? What are the problems? A critical review of the strategy suggests a different approach: Washington should instead focus on pressing China to live up to its own promises and obligations." Read the full article Sungmin Cho is Professor of the Daniel K. Inouye [...]

By |2021-02-24T11:11:21-10:00February 24th, 2021|Categories: External Publications, news, Cho|Tags: , |

Time for the Pacific Islands Forum to Step-Back and Heal

“Time for the Pacific Islands Forum to Step-Back and Heal,” is the title of a paper by Dr. Deon Canyon for Security Nexus. This paper recommends six steps to restore the Pacific Islands Forum into a vehicle that better represents all Pacific Islanders and nations. Summary The Pacific Islands Forum has lost five of its eighteen members in response to an action taken by Polynesian nations, France, Australia and New Zealand that flew in the face of a “Gentlemen’s Agreement.” The agreement is not based on tradition or a history of past practices as reported by almost every commentator, but [...]

By |2021-02-25T16:53:28-10:00February 25th, 2021|Categories: Canyon, Journal, news|Tags: , |

Is the Pacific Triad (Australia, New Zealand and France) Undermining US Influence in the Pacific?

“Is the Pacific Triad (Australia, New Zealand and France) Undermining US Influence in the Pacific?” is the title of a paper by Dr. Francis Hualupmomi for Security Nexus. This paper discusses how Australia and New Zealand’s influence in the Pacific Island Forum (PIF) Secretary-General elections, to reduce Chinese influence in the Pacific, may have had the opposite effect. Summary There is a growing concern that the Pacific region is facing a major challenge in managing disintegration as Micronesia withdrew from the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF). Micronesian leaders believe that Australia and New Zealand, supported by France, have influenced the appointment [...]

By |2021-02-19T20:29:47-10:00February 19th, 2021|Categories: Journal, news|Tags: , , , |

Distant Water Fishing Fleets: What, Where, How? The Galapagos

Last November, DKI APCSS’ LCDR Keith Wilkins chatted with Dr. Evan Ellis, a Research Professor at US Army War College Strategic Studies Institute, and Ms. Meaghan Brosnan, Marine Program Director for WildAid for a webinar on “Distant Water Fishing Fleets: What, Where, How? The Galapagos.” In this recording, Dr. Ellis and Ms. Brosnan discuss and answer questions on the impact of Chinese Distant Water Fishing Fleets around Latin America and the Galapagos, including Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing in the Indo-Pacific region. For more information on the USCG IUUF Strategic Outlook: https://www.uscg.mil/iuufishing/ Resources:   Dr. Evan Ellis:  https://usawc.academia.edu/EvanEllis/CurriculumVitae https://www.csis.org/people/evan-ellis. https://theglobalamericans.org/author/evan-ellis/ [...]

By |2021-02-16T17:01:20-10:00February 16th, 2021|Categories: DKI APCSS, news|Tags: , , , , , |

The Global Islamist Extremist Threat: Still Significant in 2021

“The Global Islamist Extremist Threat: Still Significant in 2021” is the title of a paper by Kumar Ramakrishna for Security Nexus. This paper discusses six trends which will likely enable extreme Islamic terrorism to remain a threat in 2021. Abstract Violent Islamist extremism remained the most potent terrorist threat to global stability in 2020 and will remain so in 2021. Six trends were observed the past year: the continuing salience of lone actors; the involvement of women and family networks in combatant roles; the challenge of rehabilitating and reintegrating returning foreign fighters and their families; the role of diasporas; the [...]

By |2021-02-12T15:28:26-10:00February 12th, 2021|Categories: Journal, news|Tags: , |

Recommendations from Papua New Guinea on How to Improve U.S. Posture in the Pacific

“Recommendations from Papua New Guinea on How to Improve U.S. Posture in the Pacific” is the title of a paper co-written by Dr. Deon Canyon and Michael Kabuni for Security Nexus. This paper lists several explicit recommendations for how the U.S. can improve its posture in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Excerpt: The Pacific Ocean is a place of many small countries that need to strategically cooperate, not compete, to survive. The best way forward is for all nations to cooperate with each other as they tackle the greatest threats and make the world a safer place. The U.S. and China [...]

By |2021-02-12T10:54:05-10:00February 12th, 2021|Categories: Journal, news|Tags: , |

A Network of Maritime Fusion Centers Throughout the Indo-Pacific

“A Network of Maritime Fusion Centers Throughout the Indo-Pacific” is the title of a paper co-written by Dr. Deon Canyon, retired Navy Capt. Wade Turvold, and Navy Capt. Jim McMullin for Security Nexus. This paper addresses the critical need for networked fusion centers across the Indo-Pacific to meet growing transboundary threats to international security. Exerpt: The establishment of national maritime fusion centers across the Indo-Pacific region would go a long way toward advancing maritime security. Indo-Pacific states should establish such centers with a focus on maritime threats of a transboundary nature, as well as traditional state-based threats. Indeed, the lack [...]

By |2021-02-12T15:33:13-10:00February 12th, 2021|Categories: Canyon, Journal, news, Turvold, McMullin|Tags: , |

Gray Zone Activities in Great Power Competition Workshop

Aloha! The Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (DKI APCSS) cordially invites you to attend a virtual workshop focused on "Gray Zone Activities in Great Power Competition."    8-11 March 2021 Monday-Thursday, 1300-1700 hours Hawaii Standard Time (HST), (UTC-10) Featuring a variety of distinguished US and Partner-Nation panelists from government, defense, academia, think-tanks, non-governmental organizations, and private industry to discuss whole-of-society matters that influence populations and affect legitimacy in the era of Great Power Competition.  Topics include social media and big data influences, political warfare, China's military modernization as it applies to gray zone activities, [...]

By |2021-02-24T11:26:36-10:00January 27th, 2021|Categories: Workshop, news|Tags: , , |

Recent Trends in Illegal Fishing in the Indo-Pacific Region

In December, DKI APCSS' LCDR Keith Wilkins chatted with Mario, a Criminal Intelligence Officer (CIO) working at the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL). In this videocast, Mario discusses how INTERPOL facilitates worldwide police cooperation and crime control and the recent trends that INTERPOL is seeing in fisheries crime, including Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing in the Indo-Pacific region.   #IIU #illegalfishing The opinions expressed in this video does not necessarily reflect the official policy of DKI APCSS, USINDOPACOM or the U.S. Department of Defense.

By |2021-01-27T10:06:15-10:00January 27th, 2021|Categories: news|Tags: , |

Enabling Meaningful Participation for Women in the Security Sector

In the latest podcast on Women, Peace and Security Conversations with Thought Leaders, Dr. Saira Yamin speaks to distinguished APCSS alumna (i) Major General Suzanne Vares-Lum, Mobilization Assistant to the Commander, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, and (ii) Dr. John E. Byrd, Lab Director at the Defense Prisoners Of War/Missing in Action Accounting Agency of the US Department of Defense . The discussion draws on the knowledge and experience of two senior officials in enabling women's meaningful participation in security sector institutions.   #WomenInLeadership #WPS #WPSChampions #GenderedSecurity  #UNSCR1325 The opinions expressed in this video does not necessarily reflect the official policy of DKI APCSS, USINDOPACOM or the U.S. [...]

By |2021-01-27T09:59:38-10:00January 27th, 2021|Categories: Women Peace and Security, news|Tags: , , , |
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