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APCSS Activities Report - February/March 2013

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Building An Effective Security Sector Through Inclusion 

A workshop on “Building an Effective Security Sector through Inclusion” was held March 12-14, 2013 in Nha Trang, Vietnam. Hosted by the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS), in partnership with the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam’s Institute of Foreign Policy and Strategic Studies, the multilateral workshop focused on key considerations and opportunities to build effective security sectors in the Asia-Pacific through the inclusion of diverse viewpoints and perspectives.


“Expanding the role and impact of women in security is not a women’s issue, but an essential part of achieving the goals of good governance and effective leadership,” stated Dr. Lori Forman, workshop academic lead. “Both men and women must contribute to these goals: success is found through mutual deliberation of the issues and joint development of the recommendations.”   Read more...

Eighty-five complete CSRT 13-1

Eighty-five Fellows from 40 locations recently graduated from the Comprehensive Security Responses to Terrorism (CSRT) Course.  Of the 85 participants, 70 percent were from military organizations with others representing law enforcement, intelligence, foreign affairs, and the United Nations.  Three-fifths were from the Asia-Pacific region, with five continents participating in the course.  Read more...



Senior course Fellow Mr. Zaddock Madiri Syong'oh of Kenya with APCSS Deputy Director retired Brig. Gen. Jim Hirai.

New & Improved SEAPOC!

APCSS recently revamped the Senior Executive Asia-Pacific Orientation Course. Usually only accomodating about 10-15 Fellows the latest version of the course included 39 Fellows. Read more about it here:


College News & Publications

We're sad to announce that our Dean of Academics Amb. (Ret.) Lauren Kahea Moriarty will be leaving the Center this summer. Read more:


Dr. Rouben Azizian participated in a roundtable on the Rule of Law with other Regional Centers in Washington, D.C. last month.


Dr. Virginia Watson & Dr. Scott Hauger were invited to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Institute for Water Resources in Fort Belvoir, VA to explore potential opportunities for institutional collaboration.


Dr. Jeffrey Hornung served as moderator for a symposium on "3/11 Tsunami Debris: Japan-U.S. Collaborative Effort" to be held March 2. It was hosted by the Japan-America Society of Hawaii in cooperation wtih the Consulate General of Japan (Honolulu). Hornung's latest works include a comentary on  "How to Steady the Senkaku Situation" for The National Interest blog and "Japan Chair Platform: Assessing the DPJ’s Stewardship of the Alliance"  for CSIS.


Dr. Alex Vuving was quoted in a Los Angeles Times article "Report: Dozens detained, jailed in crackdown on Vietnam bloggers."


In preparation for our "Building an Effective Security Sector Through Inclusion" workshop, Dr. Saira Yamin has added this blog to our Women, Peace and Security COI - "Women's Contributions to Economic Growth and Development: The Bangladesh Model."


Dr. Mohan Malik was quoted in a Radio Free Asia article about Burma entitled:"Suu Kyi Walks Through a Minefield"


Amb. (Ret.) Charlies Salmon spoke on the importance of the "Asia Pacific Security in the Next Decades: The US Rebalancing towards Asia" seminar. The forum was jointly organised by the APCSS and Chulalongkorn University's Institute of Security and International Studies (ISIS).


Dr. Bill Wieninger was quoted in a Honolulu Star-Advertiser article about N. Korea entitled: "North Korean threat fails to instill fear among U.S. experts."


Dr. Steven Kim was quoted in a USAToday about N. Korea entitled: "N.K. could inflict significant damage."


APCSS faculty holds panel at PACOM conference



APCSS faculty members, led by Deputy Dean Army Col. (Ret.) Dave Shanahan held a panel session as part of U.S. Pacific Command’s Science and Technology Conference (S&T) March 5 at the Hawaiian Hilton Village in Honolulu.


The APCSS faculty team briefed on Energy Security Issues (Dr. Bill Wieninger), Climate Change & Environmental Security Issues (Dr. Scott Hauger), Maritime Security Issues (Prof. Kerry Lynn Nankivell) and Information Technology & Cyber Security Issues (Prof. Butch Finley). APCSS Director Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Dan Leaf also briefed participants on the APCSS mission and the “Rebalance” of the Asia-Pacific region.

In this issue:

Building An Effective Security Sector Through Inclusion 

Eighty-five complete CSRT 13-1

New & Improved SEAPOC!

College News & Publications

APCSS faculty holds panel at PACOM conference

Email Updates

APCSS Publications


Advanced Security Cooperation (ASC)

Apr. 4 - May 8


U.S-South Asia Leader Engagement Program: Charting the Water Future of South Asia 

With Harvard Kennedy School and Near East South Asia (NESA) Center

Apr. 28 to May 3 in Cambridge, Mass.


Maritime Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific Region: China, India, and U.S. Perspectives

May 21-23 in Honolulu, HI.



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Email Updates

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


Ambassador Rick Barton, Assistant Secretary of State for Conflict and Stabilization Operations and Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization


Advanced Operational Art Studies (AOAS)

Mr. Andrew Yang, Taiwan Vice Minister of Defense

Mr. Tyson Sara, Assistant Secretary for the Pacific and Timor-Leste, International Policy Division, Australian Dept of Defense


Air War College  

International Intelligence Fellows Program


Lt. Gen. Vinod Bhatia, DGMO, and Maj. Gen. Gurdeep Singh, Director of International Cooperation


General David Hurley, Chief of Defense Force, Australia


Vice Admiral Scott Swift, Commander, 7th Fleet


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.

APCSS Publications

The volume, “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 and by chapter.

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