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APCSS Activities Report - August 2012 

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Designed for Education

The Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies celebrated the official opening of Maluhia Hall, a new state-of-the-art learning center today. The $11.4 million learning center brings more than 10,000 sq ft of additional classroom space to support U.S. Department of Defense's security cooperation and executive education programs.

According to APCSS Director, retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Dan Leaf, “the building is designed for education. In addition to the extra capacity for courses and workshops, the building itself is engineered to provide improved acoustics and Information Technology connectivity to support the programs.  It is also built to be sustainable which is very important to our community.”  Read more... 


APCSS in the news: Associated Press Story -


APCSS hosts a 2-day workshop in Singapore

More than 40 international security practitioners gather for a group photo during the ‘Cyberia: Identity, Cyberspace and National Security’ workshop. The Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies hosted the two-day workshop held Aug. 21-22 in Singapore with the Combating Terrorism Fellowship Program. At the workshop, participants focused on the issue of identity and security in Southeast Asia and examined cultural representations in cyberspace.

Redefining the Pacific Region through a climate change ‘lens’

The impact of environmental changes is keenly felt in the Pacific Islands region. How it impacts security and how island nations can better work together to develop a sustainable future was the topic of a recent workshop held at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies.


“These effects will change the security landscape of the Pacific in greater ways than we imagine as we will become more vulnerable economically, socially and politically,” said Mr. Peter Forau, Director General of Melanesian Spearhead Group Secretariat in a statement read at the opening of the event.


More than 45 government and non-government organization officials attended the five-day workshop entitled ‘The Environment and Security in the Pacific Islands Region: Priority Risks, Challenges, and Actions for a Secure Future’ which kicked off on Aug. 5.  More...

CCM in Session

The Comprehensive Crisis Management (CCM) course is currently in session at APCSS.  The course is made up of 73 Fellows from 33 countries.


They recently participated in the Maluhia Hall opening ceremonies and had the opportunity to meet Admiral Locklear, Commander of U.S. Pacific Command.


The Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies hosted a visit by a delegation from China’s Central Party School and China Reform Forum Aug. 11. The roundtable provided an opportunity for faculty to engage in general discussions on regional security issues of interest to the U.S. and China, as well as the potential for future collaboration.

Faculty News & Publications

APCSS Faculty professors Dr. David Fouse and Dr. Jeff Reeves participated in the George C. Marshall Center's workshop: "Central Asia Countering Transnational Threats" held in Mongolia August 27-31.


Dr. Fouse was interviewed by Voice of America regarding an island territorial dispute between South Korea and Japan. You can read the article online at:


The latest issue of U.S. Pacific Command's Asia-Pacific Defense Forum magazine includes an article by Dr. Rouben Azizian entitled: "Afghanistan and Regional Responsibility." You can read it online at:  



FROM APEC 2011 TO APEC 2012: American and Russian Perspectives on Asia-Pacific Security and Cooperation 


On the eve of the APEC 2012 summit, which begins this week in Vladivostok, Russia, it is our pleasure to announce the publication of the volume From APEC 2011 TO APEC 2012: American and Russian Perspectives on Asia-Pacific Security and Cooperation. ”


The volume, edited by Dr Rouben Azizian and Dr Artyom Lukin, is jointly produced by Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS) and the Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU) of Vladivostok, Russia. The team of book authors includes twelve APCSS faculty members and eight Russian experts representing FEFU and the Russian Academy of Sciences. Seven of the Russian authors are APCSS alumni.


The volume examines three broad and intertwined themes of significant importance for the Asia-Pacific region. Firstly, the book discusses the complex mosaic of current and emerging regional security issues and relates them to the activities of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum and other regional organizations. Secondly, the volume contributors offer their diverse perspectives on the evolving roles of influential regional actors, such as China, Japan, Russia, and the United States. Thirdly, the book examines the gaps and opportunities in US-Russia relations in the context of their increased appreciation of the Asia-Pacific region.


The book is thematically divided into two parts. Part One reviews regional security trends and emerging issues. Part Two discusses major actors, evolving principles, and regional architecture.


Click hereapplication/pdf iconAPCSS-FEFU 10Aug12.pdf for an electronic copy of the Volume.  The printed version will be published shortly. 


Note: The views expressed in these articles are those of the authors 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.


Recent/Upcoming Workshops

Security Sector Development 

Sept. 11-12, 2012 in Jakarta, Indonesia

This workshop is by-invitation only.  

The Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS) will host a workshop entitled “Security Sector Development” in Jakarta, Indonesia, September 11-12, 2012.    The event, co-hosted with the Indonesia government, will bring together various organizations focused on security sector development.  Workshop participation is by invitation only.


Maritime Security Challenges (MSC) 2012

Oct. 1-3, 2012 in Victoria, BC, Canada 

Maritime Security Challenges (MSC) 2012, the 5th iteration in the successful MSC conference series, will take place in Victoria, BC, Canada from Oct. 1 - 3, 2012. MSC 2012 is presented by Royal Roads University in cooperation with Maritime Forces Pacific of the Royal Canadian Navy and the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies.   APCSS professors Dr. Justin Nankivell and Ms. Jessica Ear will be leading panel discussions. For more information go to:

In this issue:

Designed for Education

APCSS hosts a 2-day workshop in Singapore

Redefining the Pacific Region through a climate change ‘lens’

CCM in Session


Faculty News & Publications

Recent/Upcoming Workshops


Comprehensive Security Cooperation (CCM)

Aug. 16 - Sept. 18


Security Sector Development Workshop

Sept. 11-12


Advanced Security Cooperation (ASC)

Sept. 27 - Oct. 31


Australia Command and Staff College-APCSS Joint Seminar on Regional Security Architecture

Oct. 9-10




See APCSS Calendar


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



- Sen. Daniel K. Inouye 


- Congresswoman Mazie Hirono 


- Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa 


- Adm. Samuel Locklear, USPACOM 


- Gen. James Mattis, USCENTCOM 


- Mr. Peter Verga, OSD(P), Chief of Staff 


- AMB Ravic Huso 


- Royal Thai Armed Forces: Lieutenant General Surapong Suwana-adth, Major General Wanlop Rugsanaoh, and Major General Kawkiat Pitakwong





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.



The latest edition of Currents magazine is now available online at


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

These 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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