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APCSS Activities Report - February 2012

Workshop Explores India-U.S. Cooperation


Experts came together to discuss “Exploring India-U.S. Cooperation: Safeguarding Prosperity in the Indian Ocean” at a workshop in Mumbai, Feb. 6-9. The three-day workshop was co-hosted by the Observer Research Foundation (Delhi) and the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (Honolulu).


“This workshop helped to build a shared understanding of opportunities in the Indian Ocean across a far-flung maritime community,” said workshop lead, APCSS professor Kerry Nankivell.  Read More...

Faculty News & Publications

Note: The views expressed in these articles are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, U.S. Pacific Command, the U.S. Department of Defense, or the U.S. government.



Congratulations to Dr. Miemie Byrd (right) who recently earned her doctorate in Education Leadership from the University of Southern Calilfornia.



North Korea’s succession: Kim Jong-un faces tough strategic decisions” by Dr. Steven Kim was recently published by the East Asia Forum.  In the article, Kim describes how “The Kim Jong-un regime now stands at a crossroads, and the country’s future depends on whether it looks to the past or to the future in searching for the solutions to its enormous and pressing problems.”   Read More…



Papua: Time for Firm U.S. Stand?” by Dr. Al Oehlers was featured in The Diplomat.  In the article he describes how “Rising tensions there risk complicating critically significant U.S.-Indonesia relations, unnecessarily distracting from the strategically important “rebalancing” towards the Asia-Pacific recently announced by the Obama administration.”  Read More…

CSRT Course Kicks Off

APCSS welcomed Fellows attending the Comprehensive Security Responses to Terrorism course. There are 81 Fellows from 45 countries attending the course. During this course Fellows explore the nature of today’s terrorist threats, better appreciate the challenges associated with countering ideological support for terrorism and violent extremism, achieve a more common understanding of global and regional terrorism challenges, analyze tools and capabilities for combating terrorism and transnational threats in order to promote appropriate strategies.  

DSCA visit

Director of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency Vice Admiral William Landay (left) visited APCSS on Friday, February 3, 2012. After meeting with the center’s director Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Dan Leaf (center), Vice. Adm. Landay and his party joined center’s Dean of Academics Ambassador (Ret.) Lauren Moriarty (right) and 13 other members of the APCSS staff and faculty for a roundtable discussion.


Trilateral Cooperation

Representatives from the United States, Australia and Japan discussed the future of trilateral cooperation during a workshop held in Honolulu, February 7-8, 2012. Hosted by the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies the workshop brought together members of the Trilateral Strategic Dialogue and the Security & Defense Cooperation Forum.


During the workshop, participants discussed issues of mutual interest, including maritime security and how to improve the efficiency, coordination, and policy-relevance of trilateral cooperation between the United States, Australia and Japan.

An interagency delegation from the United States included representatives from the Department of Defense, the State Department, Joint Staff and U.S. Pacific Command.

Upcoming Events

In addition to the courses listed above, there are a number of workshops coming up.  Please note that most of these are by invitation only.











(Marshall Ctr)

Afghanistan and Regional Security: Current Trends and Future Challenges

--Regional Center Collaboration (APCSS/GCMC/NESA)





Shanghai, Beijing,

Hong Kong

& Hainan




Workshop: China-US Security Dialogs






Harvard Univ.

Cambridge, Mass.


Workshop: U.S.-South Asia Leaders Engagement on Disaster Management


--Co-hosted with Harvard Kennedy School and the Near East South Asia Center

In this issue:

Workshop Explores India-U.S. Cooperation

Faculty News & Publications

CSRT Course Kicks Off

DSCA visit

Trilateral Cooperation

Upcoming Events

Director's Vector



Comprehensive Security Responses to Terrorism (CSRT) Course 

Feb. 23- Mar. 23, 2012


Advanced Security Cooperation (ASC)

May 2 - June 5, 2012 


Asia-Pacific Orientation Course (Washington, D.C.)

Apr. 17-19, 2012


See Full Course Calendar


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


Amb. Harry Thomas, U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines

- Vice Adm. Landay, DSCA

- Lt. Gen. Francis Wiercinski, Commander, U.S. Army Pacific

- Adm. Cecil Haney, Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet

- Army War Command Gen Staff College

- Army War College International Fellows 

Director's Vector

APCSS Director Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Dan Leaf has joined the blogosphere. You can read his blogs here.  



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