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Issues for Engagement: Asian Perspectives on Transnational Security Challenges

“Issues for Engagement: Asian Perspectives on Transnational Security Challenges,” edited by David Fouse, is the latest book published by the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies.
According to Fouse, “The chapters in this volume analyze security priorities at the individual country level and gauge each country’s attempts at bilateral and multilateral security cooperation on transnational security challenges. Our intention is to provide policymakers and other government officials with a useful and convenient reference tool to draw upon to engage specific countries in the Asia-Pacific region.”  more...

APCSS Outreach Team travels to China for regional security discussions

An Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS) faculty outreach team led by Director Lt. Gen. (Ret) E. P. Smith, traveled to Beijing and Shanghai for Track II (academic institutions) regional security discussions June 21-27. Co-hosted by the China Association for International Friendly Contact (CAIFC), the discussions consisted of a two-day workshop in Beijing, and an informal roundtable discussion at Tsinghua University and another in Shanghai.
The workshop was intended as both a confidence building measure, and as the first of a series of Track II events between APCSS and various Chinese academic institutions.  Specific objectives included: (1) Enhanced shared awareness and better understanding of five specific security challenges; and (2) shared critical thinking and strategic listening on common cause issues that may contribute to improving various aspects of the U.S. and PRC security relationship. Five specific security challenges were addressed:  (1) U.S. and PRC policy in the Asia Pacific region; (2) maritime security; (3) disaster management; (4) Northeast Asia security challenges emphasizing the Korean Peninsula; and (5) security mechanisms in the Asia-Pacific region.   more...

81 graduate from ASC 10-1

Eighty-one senior military and civilian government leaders from 39 countries and territories graduated June 16 from the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies “Executive Course:  Advanced Security Cooperation.”
Attending the regional security course were representatives from: Afghanistan, American Samoa, Australia, Bhutan, Cambodia, Chile, China, Colombia, Egypt, Fiji, Guam, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Mongolia, Nauru, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Saipan, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tonga, United States, Vanuatu and Vietnam. more...

Mini-Course: South Asia Symposium on Combating Terrorism

Reviewing terrorism trends in South Asia and strengthening regional cooperation to deal with terrorism was the focus of the "South Asia APCSS Alumni Symposium on Combating Terrorism" held in Male, Maldives, May 25-27.
The Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS) co-hosted the event with the Maldives National Defense Force and the Maldives APCSS Alumni Association. Funded by the Counter Terrorism Fellowship Program, the three-day workshop brought together representatives from seven South Asian nations: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. It was the first time all South Asia nations had attended a U.S.-sponsored counter-terrorism event in the region.
The symposium was attended by 67 practitioners and non-government experts representing the military, police, and others including current and former parliamentarians, ministers, diplomats, academics.
Topics covered during the Symposium included Terrorism Trends in South Asia; Countering Terror Finance: Interagency Responses; Mumbai Lessons Learned; Border Security in Countering Terrorism; Women and Combating Terrorism; New Media and Strategic Communications;  Weapons of Mass Destruction Issues/Combating Terrorism; Maritime Cooperation; and International Cooperation & Combating Terrorism.
According to U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka & Maldives, Patricia Butenis, "the APCSS Symposium was an important demonstration of U.S. commitment to Maldives and regional security cooperation." 
Amb. Butenis and the Maldives Foreign Minister Dr. Ahmed Shaheed officiated over the opening ceremonies. Numerous senior officials from the Maldives attended the opening and/or closing ceremonies including Maldives Defence Minister Mr. Ameen Faisal (TSC09-2),  Minster of Home Affairs Mr. Mohamed Shihab (SSD10-1),  Chief of Defense Forces Major General  Moosa Ali Jaleel (EC00-3), Vice Chief of Defense Brigadier General Farhath  Shaheer (EC99-2), Commander of the Coast Guard Brigadier General Zakariyya Mansoor (EC01-3) and Police Commissioner Mr. Ahmed Faseeh (TSC09-1).
Dr. Bill Wieninger, academic lead for the symposium, stated "A key goal of the event was to invigorate and expand counterterrorism (CT) practitioner knowledge and networks in South Asia and all agreed that it was highly successful in doing so.  After a series of SME lectures and spirited discussion both in plenary and in smaller breakout groups, country teams presented to a high-level panel their key lessons learned and action steps they intended to take upon return home."   

APCSS to Celebrate 15th Anniversary in September

On Thursday, Sept. 2, APCSS will be hosting a special event to commemorate our 15th Anniversary. As part of this event we will conduct a ground breaking ceremony for Wing C and also formally welcome Dean Lauren Moriarty to the Center.
Various community leaders and partners are expected to attend this event.  It gives us a special opportunity to celebrate the Center's past, present and future and spread the word about the many positive things done here at the Center.

Nuclear Tipping Point

The “Nuclear Tipping Point“ a forum to discuss the threat of Weapons of Mass Destruction and the efforts to control them was held July 21 in Honolulu.  Co-sponsored by Hawaii Pacific University and the East West Center, the forum highlighted the threats of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapon as well as the significance of nonproliferation and current U.S. policy on nuclear proliferation.
Panelists included Dr. Patrick Bratton, HPU assistant professor of Political Science; Dr. William Wieninger, a professor from the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies; and journalist Richard “Dick” Halloran, an adjunct professor at both HPU & APCSS.
The event was funded by the Pacific and Asian Affairs Council (PAAC) and made possible by a grant from the Nuclear Threat Initiative through the World Affairs Council (WAC) of America. 

Two APCSS professors present papers at Asia Policy Assembly

APCSS professors  Virginia Watson and  Alexander Vuving  presented papers at the Asia Policy Assembly, an inaugural conference of the National Asia Research Program.  The two day conference was held in Washington, D.C., June 17-18.
Dr. Watson presented her paper entitled “Getting Blue and Ready: Water Governance in Asia.”  Dr. Vuving presented his paper entitled “The Transformation of Vietnam’s Behavior and its Lessons for Policy Toward Recalcitrant States.”
The theme of the inaugural Asia Policy Assembly was examining the meaning and exercise of Asia’s global influence. During the two-day Assembly, the program format included Plenary Sessions featuring presentations and keynote addresses, as well as numerous smaller roundtables covering a broad range of issues and regions.
For more information on the Asia Policy Assembly go to:

Other Faculty News

Dr. Justin Nankivell received his doctorate from the University of British Columbia. His Ph.D. Dissertation, "Arctic Legal Tides: The Politics of International Law in the Northwest Passage," was successfully defended June 22, 2010.
APCSS bid farewell to several professors recently including LTC Matt Schwab, CDR Brian O’Donnell, and Dr. Rollie Lal.
New professors 
Dr. Scott Hauger joined APCSS in April 2010. His area of expertise is that of science, technology and society, including issues of global change; environmental security; science diplomacy; barriers to international research collaboration; and innovation theory, policy and practices.  More….
Commander “PJ” Tech joined the faculty in June 2010. His areas of expertise include Aviation Security, Counterterrorism, and International Relations.  More…
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Upcoming Events
Comprehensive Security Responses to Terrorism (CSRT) Course
July 8 - Aug. 5, 2010
Security Sector Development II: National Priorities and Regional Approaches
Aug. 16 - 20, 2010
Workshop:  Southeast Asia Regional Multisectoral Pandemic Preparedness and Response Table Top Exercise --Assist to U.S. PACOM (Cambodia)
Aug. 16 - 20, 2010
Transnational Security Cooperation (TSC) Course
Sept. 20 - 24, 2010
Maritime Security in the Pacific Island Region: Securing the Maritime Commons in the 21st Century
Sept. 13 - 17, 2010
Asia-Pacific Orientation Course (APOC)
Sept. 27 - Oct. 1, 2010
Interface of Science, Technology and Security Workshop
Oct. 4-8, 2010
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Recently, APCSS was pleased to host orientation visits by a number of distinguished visitors/groups. 
  • Congressman Rick Larsen (D-Wash)
  • Honolulu Rotary Club
  • Rear Admiral Ty Pile, Commander, Maritime Forces Pacific (Canada)
  • Mr. Asaduzzaman, Bangladesh Ministry of Defense, Secretary
  • Maj. General Firdaus Milan, Bangladesh Ministry of Defense, Chairman
  • Admiral Tan Sir Abdul Aziz Jaafar, Royal Malaysian Navy, Chief of Navy
  • First Admiral Datuk Yahya Hashim,  Royal Malaysian Navy
  • Dr. Kwei-bo Huang, Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Research & Planning Commmittee
  • James Chin-yu Chang, Director, Taiwan Office of Homeland Security
  • Winston Wen-yi, Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Director General, Dept. of North American Affairs
  • Yun-Pung Cheang, Taiwan Ministry of Defense, Vice Director General, Strategic Planning Dept.

Alumni Associations & Year Established
1.  Philippines - 2004
2.  Mongolia - 2004
3.  Madagascar - 2004
4.  Thailand - 2006
5.  Nepal - 2006
6.  Russia – 2006
7.  Fiji – 2006
8.  Papua New Guinea – 2006
9.  Bangladesh – 2006
10. Pakistan – 2006
11. Palau - 2006
12. Indonesia – 2007
13. United States, Hawaii – 2007
14. United States, Washington D.C. – 2007
15. Cambodia – 2007
16. Vietnam – 2007
17. Malaysia – 2007
18. Republic of Korea – 2007
19. Bhutan – 2007
20. Chile – 2007
21. Peru – 2007
22. Micronesia – 2007
23. Marshall Islands – 2007
24. Vanuatu - 2007
25. Guam - 2007
26. Canada – 2007
27. Australia – 2008
28. Hong Kong – 2008
29. Comoros – 2008
30. Cook Islands – 2008
31. India – 2008
32. Japan – 2008
33. Maldives – 2008
34. American Samoa - 2008
35. Solomon Islands – 2008
36. Sri Lanka – 2008
37. Taiwan – 2008
38. Tonga – 2008
39. Afghanistan – 2008
40. Tuvalu – 2009
41. Lebanon – 2009
42. Iraq – 2009
43. Mauritius – 2009
44. Timor-Leste – 2009
45. Tanzania – 2009
46. New Zealand – 2010
47. Kazakhstan – 2010
48. China - 2010
Pending Associations
  • Brunei
  • Columbia
  • Bahamas
  • South Africa
  • Laos
  • Kiribati
  • Nauru
  • France

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