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The Nexus Between the COVID-19 Pandemic, International Relations, and International Security

By |2020-05-26T15:46:02-10:00May 26th, 2020|

Excerpt: The extent to which other related global relationships, national entities, and supranational organizations have performed in the current case will only be clear in retrospect: it will quite possibly emerge that a combination of right- and left-wing polices – cherry-picking elements of travel and visa restrictions, greater health security and diplomacy investments, and other defensive and protective policy aspects from the two highly divergent sets of agendas -- will be the guiding paradigm for the decades to come. Despite the mutual antipathy between contemporary political perspectives in the United States, there are elements of each agendas -- what has [...]

COVID-19 Lockdown Easing and Restricting Color Framework for Local Government

By |2020-04-17T17:57:32-10:00April 17th, 2020|

In this paper, Canyon states that “All indications are that many local government areas around the world will experience an extended period of COVID-19 risks and protective measures. The threat imposed by the pandemic demands a systematic approach for restricting and easing a state of lockdown that balances public health, societal, and economic needs. As is typical in a complex crisis, there are no off-the-shelf solutions, and everyone is experimenting and observing others to identify optimal responses regardless of the skeptics.” View/Download Document

Sending the COVID-19 Immune to Work to Prevent Economic Catastrophe

By |2020-04-22T15:34:50-10:00April 16th, 2020|

Widespread introduction of commercial and societal lockdown practices is helping to flatten the curve of new coronavirus cases, while simultaneously inflicting great harm on our economy and individual finances. The global pandemic continues to spread worldwide, yet business leaders are already exerting pressure on political leaders to adapt protection measures to better protect commercial interests. Crises differ significantly in their duration, but our experience tells us they are always temporary, exceptional, and unusual. Our leaders must be prepared to effectively manage the difficult task of transitioning their communities and their nations out of the crisis and into recovery with the [...]

Perceptions of Indigenous Security Practitioners on China’s Geostrategic Activities in the Pacific

By |2020-04-10T10:53:24-10:00April 10th, 2020|

Key points Pacific Islands are struggling to rationally position themselves on a red line between the US and China, but the line is developing an edge. There is a dire need for the reinforcement of security infrastructure throughout the Pacific Pacific Islands must be proactive in preserving national sovereignty, ensuring that their international relations are only in their best interests, and protecting their limited resources View/Download Document

The Value of Thought Leadership in a World in Crisis

By |2020-04-03T15:28:34-10:00April 3rd, 2020|

Security professionals find themselves in increasingly more complex decision-making environments in which trust is more difficult to establish and maintain, and in which people demand higher quality and performance. Having the type of guidance provided by thought leaders is essential for them to get ahead of challenges, to achieve a competitive advantage, and to be more relevant to the real-world. View/Download Document

Incremental Community-Based Exit Strategies for Initiating and Removing COVID-19 Lockdowns

By |2020-04-22T15:37:51-10:00April 1st, 2020|

Many nations across the Asia-Pacific have implemented guidelines for social distancing and introduced lockdowns to control COVID-19. However, now many leaders face the question of how they will be able to relieve their communities of the protective constraints in place. Who decides when safe is ‘safe enough’, or what level of residual risk is acceptable? Getting this wrong is something no leader can afford. By applying a community-based incremental approach to the easing of lockdowns, tailored to demographic and social stratifications of risk, much of the guesswork can be eliminated. View/Download Document

Strategic Crisis Leadership In COVID-19

By |2020-04-02T11:14:05-10:00March 26th, 2020|

When unimaginable crises, such as COVID-19, become a reality, leaders initially struggle to understand cause and consequence in an information-poor environment, which makes for a challenging decision-making domain. Crises require adept public leadership and communication to ensure that political consequences are acceptable. A well-managed crisis not only limits the impact of a crisis, it restores public trust in government. Several crisis scholars propose that crisis leaders in particular, must master six key capabilities to be effective. View/Download Document

The Battle of Sense-making and Meaning-Making During the COVID-19 Crisis

By |2020-04-02T11:14:06-10:00March 26th, 2020|

China’s purposeful obfuscation of the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan has been well established. The first case with COVID-19 symptoms was reported, not on Dec 8 2019 as China reported to the World Health Organization, but on Nov 17, 2019 as revealed in unpublished Chinese government data.1 China’s reactive lock-down approach suppressed the release of vital information that could have been used to limit the outbreak. As the virus continued to spread, China thought only of its own safety and allowed infectious people to travel throughout the world and created a pandemic. View/Download Document

Definitions in crisis management and crisis leadership

By |2020-04-02T11:21:07-10:00January 24th, 2020|

Key Points The term “leader” or “leadership” have taken on many symbols and definitions throughout history. Several descriptions of what makes for effective leadership have gained more favor than others. Among the more widely accepted factors are traits, behavior, information processing, relationships and follower perceptions (Kets de Vries, 2004). In this paper, we examine two types of organizations; those in normal-mode that predominantly pursue a linear path, and those in crisis-ready-mode that experience a greater degree of non-linear events. View/Download Document