Dr. Miemie Winn Byrd has a new article in the Journal for Indo-Pacific Affairs titled: "Myanmar’s U-turn: Implications of the Military Coup on Strategic Competition in the Indo-Pacific. " The article discusses the current crisis in Myanmar and China’s response to it. According to the author, China views Myanmar as an important land bridge to the Indian Ocean and alternative to the Malacca Strait. Direct access to the Indian Ocean would give China an enormous commercial and geopolitical advantage over its competitors. In addition, as the last remaining democracy on mainland Southeast Asia, Myanmar is the front line for democracy [...]
“Military and Private Sector HADR – Now a Sophisticated Tool for Strategic Competition,” is the title of a paper by Drs. Deon Canyon and Benjamin Ryan, for Security Nexus. This paper illustrates how humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) has emerged as a sophisticated diplomatic tool for strategic competition. Abstract The delivery of HADR by the military has become standard practice, especially in the Indo-Pacific. In this region, proactive efforts to enhance military-to-military and military-civilian integration are now maturing and have been primed for the next phase, integration of the private sector. This sector has more local capacity than any [...]
“Strategic Competition, Cooperation, and Accommodation: Perspectives from the Indian Ocean Region,” is the title of a paper by Dr. Saira Yamin, Maj. Daniel Cedillo, Lt. Col. Nicholas Sikes, Dr. Srini Sitaraman and Lt. Cmdr. Keith Wilkins for Security Nexus. This article highlights the diversity of perspectives on strategic competition and opportunities for cooperation in the Indian Ocean Region drawing on discussions at the three-day virtual workshop organized by DKI APCSS. Summary This article draws on conversations facilitated at the virtual Indian Ocean Region Workshop convened by the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (DKI APCSS) in Honolulu, Hawaii, [...]
The Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies is hosting a series of podcasts on South Asia. The first podcast is titled "South Asia Dialogues: U.S. Pakistan Relations." In this video, Dr. Saira Yamin talks to Air Chief Marshal (Retd) Kaleem Saadat, former Chief of Air Staff of Pakistan Air Force, and current President of the Centre for Aerospace and Security Studies in Islamabad. Air Chief Marshal Saadat is a distinguished DKI APCSS alumnus.
“Religion in a Values-Based Approach to Strategic Competition” is the title of a paper written by DKI APCSS professor Dr. Alfred Oehlers for Security Nexus. This article asks the question “Can we bring religious faiths and beliefs to bear in our strategic competition with our competitors?” Excerpt We speak often of a values-based approach to strategic competition. In so doing, we usually operate within a mental frame that privileges familiar political and economic values such as those associated with our democratic political systems and practices, and our liberal market-led approaches to economic organization. Less often do we draw attention to [...]
“Strategic Competition: Why Pakistan Matters,” is the title of an OpEd written by Dr. Saira Yamin for Security Nexus. This paper emphasizes the importance of the U.S. maintaining a strong relationship with Pakistan as strategic competition with China intensifies. Excerpt: It is worth noting that Pakistan remains vitally important to U.S. interests in the Indo-Pacific, not least because of its all-weather strategic cooperative partnership with China who regards it as an “element of its strategic competition with the United States and India.” The current state of U.S.-Pakistan relations is symptomatic of an increasing ambiguity that is counterproductive to advancing U.S. [...]
“COVID-19, Debt, and Strategic Competition,” is a new paper authored by Dr. Alfred Oehlers for Security Nexus. In this paper, Oehlers states that “The current pandemic-induced economic crisis presents a unique opportunity for the United States and like-minded partners to reverse the gains China has made through its debt-led approach to acquire economic and political leverage. By addressing the debt challenges increasingly faced by some developing countries, the financial leverage China holds over any of these can be weakened significantly. Additionally, a multilateral response to the debt challenge grounded on current international rules-based norms, principles, and institutions, will counter Chinese intentions [...]