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APCSS Activities Report - April 2012 

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APCSS outreach team conducts security dialogs in China

An Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies team recently travelled to China to improve relations with academic and security practitioner counterparts and develop opportunities for future discussions.


APCSS Director Dan “Fig” Leaf travelled with a team of seven to China for exchanges of ideas and perspectives with partners, security practitioners, and alumni in several major cities from April 7-17. The theme of the discussions was “Securing Shared Prosperity,” which elicited enthusiastic participation from a broad range of institutions, including the Shanghai Institute for International Studies, Tongji University, the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy, the Hong Kong Police Headquarters, the Hong Kong Marine Department, and the National Institute for South China Sea Studies. APCSS alumni events were also held in Shanghai, Beijing, and Hong Kong.  Read more...


APCSS team visit the National Institute for South China Sea Studies 

APCSS and DTRA cohost ‘mobile’ APOC

As the United States rebalances its focus on the Asia-Pacific, there is greater demand for information on issues in the Asia-Pacific Region.


The Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies recently hosted its second mobile Asia-Pacific Orientation Course in the Washington, D.C. area. The three-day course was held April 17-19 and was co-hosted by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA).  Read More...

Federal Executive Board honors APCSS employees

APCSS Award at FEB photo


Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies employees were recognized at the Honolulu-Pacific Federal Executive Board’s (FEB) 55th Annual Excellence in Federal Government Awards luncheon held at the Sheraton Waikiki April 13.


The annual luncheon honors employees from many government agencies in Hawaii for their outstanding efforts, dedication, and contribution to the workforce and community. Each employee was selected by his or her organization.   Read More...

An Asia-Pacific Perspective on Strategic Thinking

APCSS Director Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Dan "Fig" Leaf recently spoke about "An Asia-Pacific Perspective on Strategic Thinking" at National Security Management Course at The Maxwell School of Syracuse University.  His speech covered regional issues such as Climate Change, Water Security, South China Sea issues, China and Taiwan, and stability on the Korean Peninsula.


The National Security Management Course (NSMC) is a two-week executive education course for senior civilian and military leaders who are responsible for the national security interests of their respective organizations. It explores the wide range of emerging management challenges facing domestic and international security professionals. Lt. Gen. Leaf attended this course in 2000 as a brigadier general.

U.S.-South Asia Leader Engagement Program

The Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, in collaboration with the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (NESA) and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government recently hosted  'U.S.-South Asia Leader Engagement Program,' a weeklong workshop on disaster preparedness at Harvard University.AMB Nick Burns photo


The workshop was attended by 40 senior officials from seven South Asian countries plus the United States, including 14 APCSS alumni from the region.  It featured a series of topical lectures on emergency preparedness by subject matter experts and senior U.S. government officials.  Lectures were followed by small group discussions among the participants facilitated by APCSS and NESA faculty, within the unique environment of Harvard University. Participants generated actionable recommendations to improve regional cooperation and emergency preparedness for large scale natural disasters in South Asia, which will be presented to regional influencers within the member states of SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation).  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.


India-Pakistan relations and U.S. dominance in Maritime Security are two of the latest Opinion-Editorials written by APCSS faculty members.


APCSS’ newest faculty member, Dr. Saira Yamin,  was recently featured in the Christian Science Monitor. Her Op-Ed entitled: “How a Glacier could Thaw Dangerous India and Pakistan Freeze,” looks at the impact of a recent avalanche which killed more than 125 Pakistani soldiers and civilians.


According to Yamin, in the wake of the avalanche, Pakistan Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani (APCSS Alumni, EC97-2) is calling for demilitarization, an opportunity that must not be missed by India.


Read the full article online at:


Dr. Alexander Vuving recently wrote an editorial for The Diplomat which discusses former U.S. National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski’s latest book “Strategic Vision: America and the Crisis of Global Power.” Vuving summarizes Brzezinksi’s position on U.S policy on Asia as “Washington should accept China’s preeminence on the Asian mainland while staying focused on its dominant role in maritime Asia.”


However, according to Vuving, “the maritime domain, including large swathes of the Indo-Pacific oceanic theater, might well be the center stage of the geopolitical competition between China and India. The United States can no longer assume that its nautical dominance will remain undisturbed indefinitely.”


Read the full article online at:


An opinion article by APCSS professor Dr. Jeffrey W. Hornung was recently published in the Japan Times.


In “Noda has an SDF moment”, Hornung discusses two major challenges that the prime minister is facing. They include North Korea’s promised missile launch in mid-April and the concern that Iran will block the Straits of Hormuz and its impact on Japan.


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In this issue:

APCSS outreach team conducts security dialogs in China

APCSS and DTRA cohost ‘mobile’ APOC

Federal Executive Board honors APCSS employees

An Asia-Pacific Perspective on Strategic Thinking

U.S.-South Asia Leader Engagement Program

Faculty News & Publications

Director's Vector

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Advanced Security Cooperation (ASC)

May 2 - June 5, 2012 



Transnational Security Cooperation (TSC) June 25-29, 2012


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



His Excellency AMB Rachad Bouhlal, Moroccan Ambassador to the United State



Maj. Gen. In-Bum Chun, Republic of Korea, Combined Forces Command



VADM (Ret) Philip Quast, Senior Fellow USPTC Prgm Office, Naval Postgraduate School



Mr. John McKelvey, Head of the British Embassy’s Defence Policy Team



The Honorable Robert Blake, Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs


Director's Vector

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


Previous Issues

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


Copies are also posted on GlobalNet and APCSSLink.


APCSS hosts a number of Communities of Interest on APCSSLink, also known as GlobalNet:

This communities are open to all APCSS Alumni. Please note you must be logged onto APCSSLink for these links to work properly.

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