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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