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The Strategic Impact of Media in Comprehensive Crisis Management Workshop

Jakarta, Indonesia – Disaster management specialists, government spokespersons and members of the media discussed the strategic impact of the media in comprehensive crisis management in a workshop hosted by the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS) Dec. 14-16, 2010 in Jakarta, Indonesia. More...

U.S. Ambassador Scot Marciel (SEC06-1) speaks during the Crisis Management Workshop in Indonesia. Also pictured Amb. (Ret.) Lauren Moriarty, APCSS Dean of Academics.
Amb. Scot Marciel speaks during the Crisis Management Workshop in Indonesia. Also pictured Amb. (Ret.) Lauren Moriarty, APCSS Dean of Academics
87 graduate from Advanced Security Cooperation Course
Eighty-seven senior military and civilian government leaders from 34 countries and territories graduated December 10 from the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies “Executive Course:  Advanced Security Cooperation” .
Attending the regional security course were representatives from: Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Cameroon, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kiribati, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Micronesia, Mongolia, Nauru, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, United States, and Vietnam. More...

APCSS outreach team travels to Vladivostok for a Maritime Security in NE Asia Workshop

An outreach team from the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS) recently travelled to Vladivostok, Russia to co-host a workshop on Maritime Security.  The five-day workshop was co-hosted by the Maritime State University and concluded Nov. 12. It was the first time an APCSS outreach team visited Russia.  More...

An APCSS Distance Learning First: Current Maritime Security Developments

Demonstrating APCSS’ commitment to life-long learning for our alumni and developing new options for future Fellows, APCSS is taking major steps forward in developing a Distance Learning program. Reaching out to Philippine Alumni live via Video-Teleconferencing (VTC) and creating an online module to the Outreach event in Jakarta (see article on The Strategic Impact of Media in Comprehensive Crisis Management Workshop) are two examples.
In November, Dr. Virginia Watson and Lt. Col. Stewart Taylor traveled to the Philippines to participate in a day-long workshop hosted by the APCSS Philippine Association (APA). “Current Maritime Security Developments” in Asia was the focus of a panel led by APCSS’ Dr. Watson and a former Philippines Undersecretary of Defense,the Honorable Rodel Cruz (SEC06-1), present in Manila, while other panelists including Capt. (Ret.) Carleton Cramer, Dr. Justin Nankivell, and Ms. Kerry Nankivell participated via VTC live from Honolulu.
During the 90-minute program faculty members presented lectures followed by a questions and answer sessions. According to Dr. Watson, the choice of topic was timely. Maritime security is currently on the high level of policy attention in Manila and expected to be so in the future.  Philippine maritime experts were in attendance and they made full use of the occasion to raise questions on current maritime security trends, in particular on:
  • The international legal structure of Asia-Pacific ocean dynamics;
  • The growth of Asian sea power;
  • Political-Military aspects of Maritime Security:  South China Sea; and
  • Environment and Economics of Maritime Security in Asia
Another distance learning opportunity for our alumni is the availability of faculty presentations on APCSSLink. Currently consisting of PowerPoint presentations with notes, we hope to introduce a video component onto the site in the future.
Addressing the Future of Science and Technology
Dr. William Perry
Former Secretary of Defense Dr. William Perry responds to the final briefings by workshop partipants at the "Interface of Science, Technology and Security: Areas of Most Concern, Now and Ahead" workshop.
The Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS) concluded a five-day workshop Oct. 8 intended to identify and assess the most
significant current and emerging scientific technological developments and phenomena, their impacts on international security, and recommended priority actions and further preparations based on Asia-Pacific perspectives with workshop entitled “The Interface of Science, Technology and Security: Areas of Most Concern, Now and Ahead.”  
The workshop brought together subject matter experts, strategic policy planners, from throughout Asia-Pacific region. With the realization that ongoing scientific and technological developments will affect international security with potentially negative or harmful impacts and possibly provide critical opportunities for security cooperation, APCSS sought to understand the technology-security interface that forms the underpinnings for regional/national adaptation and mitigation strategies needed in an ever-changing, fast-paced and complex defense and security environment. Then, to explore new ways of thinking about these developments and phenomena and how they are likely to change the world. And, identify ways and means of collaboratively engaging others related to such developments and phenomena.    More....
DSCA Director Visits APCSS
Newly-appointed Director of Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) Vice Adm. William Landay visited APCSS Oct. 21 for an orientation of the Center provided by APCSS Director Lt. Gen. (Ret) E. P. Smith, faculty and staff.
During the visit, Vice Adm. Landay toured APCSS, observed Director Smith welcoming  the Advanced Security Cooperation Course (ASC 10-2) in the auditorium,  and was briefed by staff and faculty in one of APCSS’ six seminar rooms.
Alumni in the News: Tuvalu's New Prime Minister
Congratulations to the honorable Willy Telavi who was elected the Prime Minister of Tuvalu in December 2010.  PM Telavi is an alumni of APCSS' Executive Course (2001-2).
In Other News
Faculty Updates:
APCSS Dean of Academics Amb. (Ret.) Lauren Moriarty met with leaders of professional military education organizations during the 14th Annual Heads of ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Defense Universities, Colleges and Institutions meeting hosted by the National Defense University in November. Topics included a discussion the impact of Social Media on security and new teaching methods to enhance critical thinking.
An article by Dr. Taj Hashmi, entitled "Transnational Security Dynamics and Exigencies: Crime-Terror Nexus beyond Pakistan and Bangladesh", was published in the British journal Contemporary South Asia
"More than Futenma" by Dr. Jeff Hornung was published in the Pacific Forum CISS PacNet newsletter in December.
Dr. Rouben Azizian and Dr. David Fouse each appeared on the local Hawaii program "Asia in Review" which is available online at:
Facilities Update:
A true gathering place, APCSS is renovating the main lanai replacing the lanai floor which had been cracking and could cause potential safety hazards. The lanai roof is also undergoing repairs due to leaks. In addition, the acoustics will be improved by installing acoustic enhancement/noise reduction insulation on the lanai ceiling. This update was important since the lanai is used extensively by breakout sessions during courses and workshops.
Inside this issue...

Upcoming Events
Senior Asia-Pacific Orientation Course (SEAPOC)
Jan. 12-14, 2011
Asia-Pacific Orientation Course (APOC)
Jan. 24-28, 2011
Transnational Security Cooperation (TSC) Course
Feb. 7-11, 2011 

Recently, APCSS was pleased to host orientation visits by a number of distinguished visitors/groups. 
  • Amb. Karen Stewart, U.S. Ambassador to Laos
  • Amb. Helen Reid, U.S. Ambassador to Palau 
  • Amb. James Moriarty, U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh
  • Amb. Judity Fergin , U.S. Ambassador to Timor-Leste
  • Amb.(Ret.) James Larocco, Director, Near East South Asia (NESA)
  • Maj. Gen. Ting - Chief Exec Officer, Office of Defense Studies, Taiwan
  • Maj. Gen Kim Jae Sam - Chief General, Army Office of Policy, Republic of Korea
  • Maj. Gen. Shigeru Kobayashi - Japan Ground Self-Defense Force.

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. U.S. (Hawaii) – 2007
14. U.S.(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
49. Russia (Far East) - 2010
50. Cameroon - 2010
51. Samoa - 2010
Pending Associations:
Brunei, Columbia, Bahamas, South Africa, Laos, Kiribati, Nauru, and France

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