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APCSS Activities Report - November 2014
Addressing Biothreats in Southeast Asia

Reducing Southeast Asia’s biothreat vulnerability was the focus of an international workshop held in Manila, Philippines, Nov. 3-7. The Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies co-hosted the event, titled “Biosecurity in Southeast Asia,” along with the Philippines Department of Health and National Defense College of the Philippines.  The workshop brought together 43 health and security professionals from eight nations and 10 organizations. The group analyzed threats posed by regional pandemics, emerging infectious diseases and bioterrorism activities.  For more information, click here.
APCSS takes APOC on the road to Arlington
APCSS took its Asia-Pacific Orientation Course on the road this month, setting up at Arlington, Va., upon request of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency.  The four-day Mobile Asia-Pacific Orientation Course, held Nov. 18-21, gave 73 U.S. and international security practitioners the chance to discuss and share knowledge on political, military, environmental, and socio-economic issues, and how they impact U.S. national interests. The itinerary included a program of lectures, interactive sessions, and break-out seminars.  To read more, click here.
APCSS alumni gather at CHOD Conference
Each year, APCSS provides support for the annual Chiefs of Defense Conference.  APCSS leadership and faculty facilitate lectures and discussions, and provide logistics support.  The most recent version took place in Brunei.  In the photo above, APCSS Director Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Dan Leaf (center) poses for a group photo with APCSS alumni (left to right) Singapore Lt. Gen. Ng Chee Meng ('07); Maldives Maj. Gen. Ahmed Shiyam ('12 & '99); Bangladesh Lt. Gen. Shafiul Huq ('12); Cambodia Gen. Eth Sarath ('08); Nepal Gen. Bahadur Rana ('99); Mongolia Lt. Gen. Byambajav Tserendejid ('12); Tonga Brig. Gen. Tau'aika 'Uta'atu ('05); Papua New Guinea Brig. Gen. Gilbert Toropo ('03); and Australia Vice Adm. Ray Griggs ('10).
Media and Publications
Dr. Jeffrey Hornung published an article titled “Japan Chair Platform: Japan Matters for South Korea’s Security” on Center for Strategic and International Studies website Nov. 10.  In this opinion piece, Hornung addresses implementation of Article VI of the U.S.-Japan security treaty, which requires the U.S. consult with the Japan government on all major troop and equipment changes, such as those driven by a response to a Korean conflict.
Dr. Alexander Vuving authored an article titled "Vietnam, the United States, and Japan in the South China Sea," in which he examines what’s at stake in the disputed waters in terms of economic and strategic value. He looks particularly at Vietnam’s efforts to stake its claim in an area believed to be rich in fish stocks, energy reserves and mineral ores.
Inside this issue
Upcoming Events
Dec. 8-12
Command & Staff College Workshop
Jan. 7-9
Jan. 26-30
Feb. 11-March 13
Notable visitors
Nov 5: U.S. Ambassador (Ret.) Mark Wall, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Studies, University of Wyoming

Nov. 7: Lt. Gen. Ming-Woo Wang, Director General, Political Warfare Bureau, Ministry of Defense, Taiwan.

Nov. 12: Maj. Gen. Indra Hidayat Ramadhan, Assistant Commander-in-Chief for Tentara Nasional Indonesia

Nov. 20: Maj. Gen. Thongchai Sarasuk, Deputy Chief of Operations. Royal Thai Air Force.
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