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Activities Report - June 2011

Perspectives on the India-U.S. Strategic Interface

A workshop to deepen the India-US strategic relationship was held at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies June 20-24.


“Perspectives on the India-U.S. Strategic Interface: Towards an Improved Understanding of Aspirations, Goals, and Futures” examined, through bi-lateral dialogs, the efficacy of the contemporary strategic relationship and examined India-U.S. thinking on optimizing it. Anticipated to be the first in a series of APCSS-sponsored conversations between participants on the India-U.S. strategic partnership, the workshop was a useful step in identifying areas of convergence in the relationship, as well as divergences that could potentially retard advancing the partnership. The aim was to enable a series of conversations that could facilitate a framework for further focused security cooperation.  


“I learned a lot – something not always true at these things, attesting to the quality of the conversation and the participants – and enjoyed the APCSS model of plenaries with breakout groups and intense, focused discussion in a relaxed setting,” said a conference participant. More...

81 complete the Advanced Security Cooperation Course


Eighty-one senior military and civilian government leaders from 34 countries and territories graduated June 10 from the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies “Executive Course: Advanced Security Cooperation.”  more...




APCSS Director Smith retires

After traveling hundreds of thousands of miles reaching out to security officials throughout the Asia-Pacific region, retired Army Lt. Gen. Ed Smith completed his tenure as Director of the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS) in Honolulu. 

Having served in an Army career that spanned 35 years, including his last assignment as the Commanding General of U.S. Army Pacific, Smith took the reins as Director of the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS) in August 2005 and led the Center during an important period of transformation. 

“It has been rewarding to see advancements in our learning model and methods result in many contributions to regional leader and security-institution capacity building, as well as to security cooperation throughout the Asia-Pacific region. APCSS has improved steadily, and I am honored to have been a part of it.”  more...

More News


APCSS highlighted on "Asia in Review" a local Hawaii television show. You can watch it online at: 


Faculty & Staff Updates

In June, APCSS also bid a fond farewell to a number of faculty and staff including Dr. Taj Hashmi, COL Stephen Myers, MAJ David Longbine, and Maj. Brian Middleton.   During this time APCSS also welcomed COL Brian Chapman who joins our faculty as a Senior Army Fellow.


Faculty Publications & Interviews


Dr. Scott Hauger recently participated in a roundtable on climate change hosted by Bangladesh Institute of Peace and Security Studies where he stressed that the developed, underdeveloped and developing countries must come together in handling the adversities brought by the global climate change.  Read more...


Dr. Jeffrey Hornung discusses the U.S. base realignment in an article published by CSIS entitled: "Questioning the Senators’ Proposal on U.S. Force Realignment in Japan." 


Dr. Mohan Malik, who has a new book coming out soon, was quoted in an article on China's new aircraft carrier in the Hindustan Times - 

Upcoming Workshops & Outreach Events

Transnational Security Challenges in ‘Ungoverned Spaces’  Physical and Virtual in North Asia

6-9 Sept 2011, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia


This “mini-course” will focus on the challenges of “Ungoverned Spaces” in a North Asian context, specifically addressing the following areas that have been developed from assessment of the most relevant issues, as well as consideration for the areas of greatest potential for impact in combating terrorism:


 -Physical “Ungoverned Spaces:” the geographic challenges of porous borders including governance and corruption that is conducive to transnational trafficking in goods (drugs, weapons, commercial and counterfeit products, etc. and persons (TIP) and the resultant enabling environment (financial and logistical) that contributes to terrorism.


 -Virtual “Ungoverned Spaces:” specifically focused on challenges of cyber security issues that impact state capacity to secure critical infrastructure protection (CIP) against the vulnerability to terrorist attack.


The expansion of global interdependence continues to confront the ability of states to meet the expectations of governing the ‘spaces’ that fall within their responsibility in both physical and virtual dimensions. Across North Asia, the need to secure these spaces against the use for illicit means by criminal, financially-motivated, ideologically or politically motivated terrorist organizations is a growing challenge. The necessity of security practitioners across government and society to have a full understanding of the scope of the challenge and to identify ways for collaboration in order to effectively and more efficiently ‘raise the cost and reduce the benefit’ to both criminal and terrorist actors is critical to the collective regional and global security environment. Simply, transnational security challenges today in the 21st Century require collective security and transnational solutions to both mitigate and defeat.

In this issue:

Perspectives on the India-U.S. Strategic Interface

81 complete the Advanced Security Cooperation Course

APCSS Director Smith retires

More News

Upcoming Workshops & Outreach Events

Alumni Update

APCSSLink Blogs

Annual Report



Comprehensive Crisis Management (CCM) 

Jul. 7 - Aug. 5


Asia-Pacific Orientation Course (APOC)   

Aug. 22-26


See Full Course Calendar


Recently, APCSS was pleased to host orientation visits by a number of distinguished visitors/groups including:


Ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya, Sri Lanka’s ambassador to the United States


Maj. Gen. K. Bansho, Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force


Lt. Gen. Tran Quang Khue, Vice Chairman of the Vietnam National committee for Search and rescue (VINASARCOM)


General Jung Seung Jo - ROK Army - DCDR ROK-US Combined Forces Command /CDR Ground Component Command


Mr. Jeff Daigle, Deputy of Mission, US. Embassy in Phnom Penh, Camboida


Mr. Bryan Hung, Deputy of Mission, US. Embassy in Papua New Guinea



Alumni Update

Welcome to the newest APCSS Alumni Association!


On June15, Colombia formed an APCSS Alumni Association #54. It is led by Colonel (Ret) Alvaro Matallana, ASC11-1. 

APCSSLink Blogs

The following are some of the latest blogs & stories to appear on our alumni portal - APCSSLink. Please note: you must have access to APCSSLink in order to view these files.


Resources to learn more about Social Media



Naval Blockade of Somalia...


And Now For Something Different


The Peace Process of Nepal and Dangerous Transition Period 


The Possible Return of Taliban Regime and Potential Threats

Comprehensive Security 


The Senior Diplomats and Serious Political Conflict in Nepal

Annual Report

The 2010 APCSS Annual Report is now available online. Click here to download a copy.

Previous Issues

You can find past issues of the APCSS Activities Report and the Military Construction newsletter online here.  


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