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APCSS Activities Report - Summer 2014
Security Sector Development in Myanmar
APCSS Myanmar Workshop attendees
 
The recent democratic changes in Myanmar have ushered in a reevaluation of its comprehensive security needs in terms of national, transnational, and human security. In the run up to the 2015 election, Myanmar’s security sector is transforming to meet the new security and political priorities of the nation. The Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS), in cooperation with the National Defence College of Myanmar, hosted a workshop entitled “Comprehensive Security Sector Development in Myanmar” August 18-22, 2014, in Naypyitaw, Myanmar.  Click here to read more...

Enhancing Maritime Resource Security in the Gulf of Thailand
APCSS Maritime Workshop in SingaporeAPCSS partnered with the World Ocean Council to conduct a multi-national workshop on preserving the Gulf of Thailand’s maritime assets, held August 12-14 in Singapore.  Titled “Enhancing Maritime Resource Security: A Cross-sectoral Dialogue for the Gulf of Thailand Initiative,” the workshop enabled officials from four coastal nations to address the anticipated impacts of developing trends in the marine industries most active in GoT waters over the next three to five years. Participants were from Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam.  Click here to read more
Advancing Pacific Islands Regional Security Cooperation
APCSS Dean welcomes the Vanuatu Prime MinisterExamining the effectiveness of regional security cooperation and the broader regional security architectures that exist in the Pacific Islands region was the focus of a recent workshop held in Port Vila, Vanuatu. The Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS) and the Pacific Institute of Public Policy (PiPP) hosted the workshop titled “Regional Security Governance and Architecture in the Pacific Islands Region: Priorities for a Resilient Future” August 4-8, 2014.
 
Vanuatu’s Prime Minister Joe Natuman and, via video, U.S. Ambassador to Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu Walter North opened the event that included 48 security practitioners and subject matter experts from 21 nations and territories and six regional international organizations. Click here to read more...
 
Asia-Pacific Orientation Course
In Session Now:  Asia-Pacific Orientation Course
APCSS is currently hosting the week-long Asia-Pacific Orientation Course (APOC) for 141 Fellows. The course also includes some international Fellows from Australia, Canada, France, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and Vietnam.

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Two other versions of this course were also held this summer. In June, a mobile version of the course was held at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM).The Mayor of Olympia (Washington) served as the Distinguished Civilian Speaker and delivered the closing keynote speech.  Click here to read more...
 
The largest APOC, which included 149 Fellows, was conducted in July. The unprecedented volume and diversity of the 149 participants in this APOC continues to demonstrate the great demand for this week long overview of the Asia-Pacific security environment. Click here to read more...
CCM 14-1 Concludes with 100 New Alumni
One hundred Fellows representing 31 different nations and territories, and one international organization, graduated July 1 from the Comprehensive Crisis Management (CCM) course 14-1 at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu. This diverse group of security practitioners was comprised of senior leaders and officials from across various military services, government ministries, law-enforcement agencies, foreign affairs, academic institutions, and other public sector branches. Click here to read more...
Publications
Dr. Jeffrey Hornung wrote a number of publications including the following:

Dr. Mohan Malik wrote in two publications. In the National Interest he wrote: “America and China’s Dangerous Game of Geopolitical Poker”. In it he discusses key reasons for China’s aggressive posturing and outlines major strategic shifts that are occurring in Asia’s geopolitical landscape.  He was also published in the Diplomat - China and Strategic Imbalance
 
 
Former APCSS military professor Col. Bryan Truesdell  completed a paper entitled “Balance within the Rebalance: The Supporting Role of the U.S. Military in the Asia-Pacific Region” as part of his Army War College Fellowship.
 

Alumni Perspectives
While attending APCSS courses, Fellows are required to complete a project which may be done as a presentation, research paper or policy brief. APCSS is now making these papers available on line with our new “Alumni Perspectives” publications.
 
- “Tackling Corruption in Transnational Defense Procurement: Problems of Identification and Attribution” - Ministry of Defense Deputy Secretary Prakash Praveen Siddharth (India)
In this issue:
Upcoming Events
September 8-12
 
September 25 - October 29
 
Maritime Security Challenges
Victoria, BC, Canada
October 6-9
 

More Workshops and Faculty in the News
The Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) Command and Staff Course 2014 held a half-day workshop at APCSS June 13 to discuss regional security. Click here to read more..
 
APCSS Director Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Dan Leaf opened a panel session consisting of APCSS faculty at the 2014 Pacific Operational Science and Technology Conference at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.  Click here to read more...
 
Dr. Miemie Byrd appeared on ThinkTech Hawaii to discuss Myanmar. You can watch it online here.
 
APCSS Prof. Shayam Tekwani assisted in the Marshall Center's first Counterterrorism course. Click here to read more...
Notable Visitors
(alphabetically)
Gen. Humberto Oviedo Arriagada, Chile
Rear Adm. A. Cullerre, France
Gen. Dempsey, U.S.
U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, U.S.
Mr. Julian Gray, New Zealand
Maj. Gen. Hankee Jung, Republic of Korea
Rear Adm. Hideki, Japan
Gen. Shigeru Iwasaki, Japan
Vice Minister Li-Yan, Taiwan
Lt.Gen. Robert Raurk, U.S.
Rear Adm. Lars Saunes, Norway
Ms. Ine Eriksen Soreide, Norway
Adm. Choi Yun-hee, Republic of Korea
 
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