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Making the Most of It, Part II: Xi Jinping Leverages Coronavirus ‘War Without Smoke’ to Spur Digital Transformation, Test National Defense Mobilization

By |2020-04-27T09:07:43-10:00April 27th, 2020|

In this paper, Dr. Dorman states that “Despite being tied to the pandemic or “economic restart,” current Chinese domestic propaganda efforts on topics ranging from “crisis management” to “digital transformation” and “defense mobilization” did not originate with the coronavirus. Instead, each represents an agile repackaging of Communist Party guidance and propaganda messaging that was already months or years old. Facing a crisis of confidence following its muddled response to the coronavirus outbreak, domestic propaganda efforts were initiated within days or weeks to remold the Party image. Instead of starting from scratch, existing campaigns were repackaged to highlight a Party that [...]

China’s Global Covid-19 Assistance is Humanitarian and Geopolitical. That’s Why People are Worried.

By |2020-04-14T11:40:26-10:00April 14th, 2020|

The main thrust of the Chinese Communist Party’s domestic propaganda work since late January has focused on masking the early role of the Party in stifling public health transparency and creating the pandemic crisis. The primary propaganda message, widely disseminated in domestic state-run media, highlighted the “political and organizational advantage” of the Communist Party in tackling the health emergency once the decision to contain the crisis was made in Beijing. View/Download Document

Making the Most of It: China’s Military Wins the COVID-19 Fight in Wuhan

By |2020-04-06T11:01:33-10:00April 6th, 2020|

The heroic role of Chinese soldiers working inside Wuhan city during the height of the COVID-19 epidemic deserves the admiration of the Chinese people and the respect of persons outside China. Their risks and sacrifices have been well documented in Chinese media. Over past months, one could not turn the pages of a major Chinese publication without stories, photographs, videos and even cartoons detailing their important role in saving lives.1 This is the story the Chinese Communist Party wants all people, inside and outside China, to understand. If this was all there was to say, we could also be talking about [...]

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

The State Of The World Order In The Time Of Coronavirus: Time for a Responsible Connectography

By |2020-04-03T09:43:43-10:00April 3rd, 2020|

A State is the product of a social contract among its citizens who willingly transferred a part of their freedom to a central authority in lieu of assurance of security. In a way, this represents the management of internal anarchy. The internal bargain is strengthened by the external assertion of sovereignty, which separates a community of people legally, and therefore, all political communities are theoretically equal. This idea of external anarchy runs the international system, where there is no international government. External anarchy logically flows from this, and is the realist dictum of ‘there is no international community beyond the [...]

Enabling the sharing of original, timely and creative macro-and micro-level response concepts, systems, and ideas

By |2020-04-03T09:10:12-10:00April 3rd, 2020|

In the opinion of one who has witnessed, and participated in, responses to numerous public health emergencies (PHEs) and epidemic outbreaks throughout the world for many years — from Cholera in Zimbabwe; to Ebola in Sierra Leone; to multi-drug resistant tuberculosis in Iraq; to all of the longer-term issues associated with HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa, or malaria in the South Pacific — the government’s response thus far to Ireland’s health security concerns deserves to be complemented, if not yet lauded. (One wonders how a less-developed regime would have dealt with these challenges and the associated need for swift, decisive, and potentially [...]

Can the Pacific Island Games be a Positive Influence to Bring Pacific Island Nations Together to Affect Positive Change Regionally?

By |2020-04-02T14:19:10-10:00April 2nd, 2020|

Key Points Personal relationships centered on mutual respect and compassion are key to engagement within the Pacific Island Nations. It is possible to unify people in the achievement of a common goal while still respecting a nations individual culture, customs, and sovereignty. The unique culture of the Pacific Island Nations provides a blueprint for others to engage productively on highly sensitive issues. Sports and competition are the modern day expression of the Pacific Islander’s Warrior culture. View/Download Document

Coronavirus, Terrorism, and Illicit Activity in the Indo-Pacific

By |2020-04-03T14:29:38-10:00April 2nd, 2020|

What are the “bad actors” in the Indo-Pacific up to as a result of the coronavirus pandemic? Those involved in illicit activities are taking advantage of an environment where nations across the region are focused on immediate health threats over security. The Islamic State (IS) has described the global pandemic as painful torment inflicted upon “crusader nations.” The latest issue of IS’ al-Naba newsletter encourages jihadists to free prisoners and devise new attacks while the West is struggling. But it is not just terrorists who are looking to benefit from the security vacuum that has overpowered the world. Criminal organizations [...]

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

Implementation of Lockdown and Social Distancing

By |2020-04-02T11:11:37-10:00March 31st, 2020|

What urges me to write this letter is my sense of wanting to support my country and government in achieving absolute success in controlling and mitigating the spread of COVID-19. I have been closely observing how this pandemic is being managed globally. As I have also been living in China for three years, I have experienced the unfolding of COVID-19 in China, right up to the stages of Lockdown order in Wuhan and the entire Hubei Province, and China-wide strict restrictions. View/Download Document