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 [...]

The Coronavirus and its Likely Impact on North Korea

By |2020-05-01T16:38:56-10:00May 1st, 2020|

In this paper, Dr. Cho explains how the COVID-19 is likely to impact North Korea's domestic politics and foreign policy behavior by examining the official statements, and foreign policies of North Korea observed in 2020. Excerpt: “I argue that there is a higher likelihood of the coronavirus outbreak in North Korea than otherwise. The epidemic does not seem to pose an immediate threat to Kim Jong-un in the short term. Still, he is most likely to be concerned about the outbreak's secondary effects on the economy and regime legitimacy in the medium term.” View/Download Document

How to Improve Security Outcomes During a Pandemic? Start with a Gender Lens

By |2020-04-27T09:42:14-10:00April 27th, 2020|

In this paper, Sharon Gouveia Feist and Monica S. Herrera state that “Here in Hawai‘i, in response to increased multi-island reporting that landlords are pressuring women for sex in exchange for rent, the State Commission on the Status of Women published guidance and resources for women being exploited by their landlords during this COVID-19 crisis. Every day, physical security is threatened as a direct result of this pandemic. This is addition to other security concerns women uniquely face, such as, economic insecurity as the lower paid workers; family and household insecurity as primary caregivers for the elderly, sick, and out [...]

Building Water Security on Small Pacific Islands

By |2020-04-24T13:24:52-10:00April 24th, 2020|

In this paper, Dr. Allen states that “Across most small Pacific islands, municipal water sources are unreliable, of limited availability, and/or contaminated due to leaks and/or illegal ‘bootlegged’ connections, both of which allow untreated water to mix with treated. Water from such systems may be available for a few hours per day, a few days per week, and is commonly unpotable without further treatment. Only a fortunate few residents can expect to turn a tap in their homes and receive a flow of water ready to drink. Many in the region routinely buy bottled water for drinking and food preparation; [...]

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

North Korea as a land of cooperation between America and China

By |2020-04-02T11:21:08-10:00March 27th, 2020|

Key Points: North Korea's problems can provide an opportunity for security cooperation between the two great powers in the midst of strategic competition. Many security experts in the West tend to agree that there are four flashpoints where the United States and China may conflict militarily, which are the South China Sea, East China Sea, Taiwan Strait, and the Korean Peninsula. Chinese analysts do not agree on where a massive military conflict is most likely to occur between the United States and China. View/Download Document