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APCSS Activities Report - November/December 2012 

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The Interface of Science, Technology & Security

“The Interface of Science, Technology & Security” edited Virginia Watson, Ph.D., is the latest publication produced by the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies. The eBook includes updated papers from an APCSS science & technology (S&T) workshop which identified and assessed the most significant current and emerging scientific and technological developments, evaluated their impact on international security, and recommended priority S&T and security policy agenda items based on Asia-Pacific perspectives. Click here to access the book in its entirety & by chapter.

Faculty News & Publications

In December, Dr. Rouben Azizian participated in the New Zealand Asia Institute (NZAI)-sponsored seminar “The South Pacific Agenda for Survival and Growth” in Port Vila, visited Vanuatu-based Pacific Institute of Public Policy (PIPP) and Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Secretariat and met with the Vanuatu APCSS alumni. According to Azizian, these events "were very helpful in gaining new insights on the South Pacific regional security  environment, explaining the United States’ new strategy in the Asia-Pacific and promoting APCSS programs and courses." 


Dr. David Fouse was quoted in a Voice of America article about the N. Korea rocket launch. You can read the article here:


Dr. Scott Hauger recently participated in  the Pacific Islands Regional Climate Forum. It was hosted by the Pacific Islands Regional Climate Assessment (PIRCA) partnership. Click here to see their latest reports:


Japan Chair Platform: "Increasing Security Awareness among the Japanese Public" by Dr. Jeffrey Hornung was published by CSIS.


He also recently published several opinion pieces which appeared on CNN's blog. One was called "Back to the Future in Japan" The other covers the recent elections and is entitled: "LDP won a landslide, but not a mandate"   


Dr. Mohan Malik publication “China and India: Great Rival Powers” was recently reviewed in two professional journals – University of British Columbia's (Canada) peer-reviewed journal, PACIFIC AFFAIRS, Vol. 85, No. 4 (December 2012). and the Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs VI:2 (2012)

He was also quoted in this recent article about the South China Sea disputes:


Mary Markovinovic was a presenter at the Australian Defense forum on "Social Media in Defence." Her presentation was on the use of Social Media during a Crisis. A copy of the presentation is available on APCSSLink.


Here's the link to Dr. Jeffrey Reeves'  PACNET article about Mongolia and the imprisonment of the former president



New Zealand Defense Force Command and Staff College-APCSS Joint Seminar

Nov. 5-8 in Honolulu


In November, APCSS co-hosted a four-day seminar with the New Zealand Defense Force Command and Staff College entitled "Understanding, Shaping & Adapting to the Asia-Pacific Regional Security Architecture." The seminar was developed to help participants understand and apply the concept of regional security architecture to analyze the complex sub-regional security dynamics in the Asia-Pacific and address key transnational security issues in the Asia-Pacific Region. This multi-national event included participation by 52 military and civilian representatives, primarily at O4-O6 levels, as well as warrant officers. While the majority were New Zealanders, participants included officers from Australia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Thailand, and the United States. In addition, a special half-day NZ/U.S. Senior Enlisted Leader forum was held with on-island U.S. Senior Enlisted Leaders.


Asia-Pacific Chiefs of Defense

A number of Chiefs of Defense who attended the annual U.S. Pacific Command Chiefs of Defense Conference are also graduates of the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies. Pictured here with PACOM Commander Admiral Samuel J. Locklear (center) are: Brigadier General Francis Agwi (TSC10-2) of Papua New Guinea; General Eth Sarath (SEC08-2) of Cambodia; General Tserendejidiin Byambajav (TSC12-2) of Mongolia; Major General Ahmed Shiyam (TSC12-1 and EC99-3) of the Maldives; and, Brigadier General Tau'aika Uta'atu (SEC05-3) of Tonga. Missing from photo are General Gaurav S.J.B. Rana (EC99-1) of Nepal and Australia Chief of Defense and conference host Gen. David Hurley (SEC01-2).



Recent Courses

Transnational Security Cooperation(TSC)

Twenty-five senior executives from 24 locations completed the Transnational Security Cooperation (TSC) course December 7 at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu. They included military and civilian leaders from Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, Samoa, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, the United States and Vietnam.




Mobile Asia-Pacific Orientation Course (M-APOC)


Congratulations to the Fellows of the mobile Asia-Pacific Orientation Course. Sixty-seven Fellows from the U.S., Canada, Japan and Korea complete the course which was held at Joint Base Ft. Lewis-McChord in December.



In this issue:

The Interface of Science, Technology & Security

Faculty News & Publications


Asia-Pacific Chiefs of Defense

Recent Courses


Asia-Pacific Orientation Course (APOC) 13-1

Jan. 28 – Feb. 1


Senior Asia-Pacific Orientation Course (SEAPOC) 13-1

Feb 6-8


Comprehensive Security Responses to Terrorism (CSRT) Course 13-1

Feb. 21-Mar. 22



See APCSS Calendar


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


His Excellency Nirupama Rao, Indian Ambassador to the U.S.


Her Excellency Dr. Chaiyong Satjipanon, Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary of Thailand to the U.S.


Amb. Walter North, U.S. Ambassador to Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, & Vanuatu


Rear Admiral NG, Chee Peng, Singapore Chief of Navy


Mr. Secretary Enkhtuvshin Tsagaandari, Mongolia National Security Council


Ms. Sharon Burke, ASD for Operational Energy Plans/Programs


Ms. Teresa M. Takai, DoD Chief Information Officer


Mr. James Hursch, Director, Defense Technology Security Administration


Brig. Gen. Burt Thompson, Deputy Commander, 25th ID(L)


Rear Admiral Russel S. Penniman, Reserve Deputy Commander & Chief of Staff, USPACFLT


Dr. Anna Oldmeadow, Senior Analyst, Strategic Analysis Branch, Office of National Assessments, Australia.


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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