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APCSS Activities Report - December 2014 & January 2015
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APCSS graduates largest class since Center's 1995 inception
The largest class in its 20-year history graduated Jan. 30 from the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies. One hundred fifty-one Fellows, including 17 international Fellows, completed the Asia-Pacific Orientation Course held here Jan. 26-30.  For two decades, the Center has employed APOC, five other courses and multiple workshops to educate more than 9,000 international security practitioners on socio-economic and politico-military factors impacting global stability and development. The latest APOC’s class size reflects the Center’s growing influence in the global security studies arena.  To read more, click here.
Cooperation in problem solving core of TSC 14-2

In a news conference-like setting Dec. 12, six panels of senior multi-agency representatives briefed planned responses to a devastating Ebola outbreak and multiple damaging cyber attacks within Asia-Pacific nations. This conceptual exercise, featuring 28 international military and civilian security practitioners, was a key element in the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies Theater Security Cooperation Course 14-2 held Dec. 7 – 12.  TSC promotes inter-agency collaboration in solving local, regional and even global security-related challenges.  To read more, click here.
Workshop enhances Southeast Asia biosecurity preparedness
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 – all of which can have catastrophic effects on nations’ populations, economies and overall security.  “Biosecurity is a key part of comprehensive security, as the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa clearly demonstrates,” related Brian Goldbeck, U.S. deputy chief of mission in Manila. To read more, click here.

APCSS supports regional effort to strengthen education ties
In an effort to advance regional cooperation in professional military education, the Asia-Pacific Center for Security studies conducted a three-day workshop here Jan. 7-9. Titled “Command and Staff Colleges in the Asia-Pacific: Towards a Shared Vision for Cooperation,” the event brought together 28 participants from 10 nations representing 18 command and staff colleges in the region. January’s workshop was consistent with ASEAN ambitions to develop stronger PME linkages throughout the region. To read more, click here.
Director addresses inclusion at 'Smart Power' symposium
 
“If you leave anyone in the organization on the sidelines, if you don’t leverage what they can contribute, your unit is less effective,” advised Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS) Director Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Dan Leaf to an audience of students, officials, NGOs and diplomats at Georgetown University Dec 5.  Leaf was in Washington D.C. to speak at the symposium “Smart Power: The Military and Inclusive Security.” The symposium was hosted by former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and The Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security (GIWPS).  Leaf was part of an international panel moderated by Ambassador Melanne Verveer, GIWPS director.  To read more, click here.
Faculty publications
Articles by Dr. Mohan Malik and Kerry Lynn Nankivell appeared in the 40th Anniversary edition of  Asia Pacific Defense FORUM magazine.  Malik's article, "Seven Strategic Trends in the Indo Asia Pacific," addresses  challenges and opportunities associated with the China's and India's growing power in the region.  Nankivell discusses Asia's evolution as an economic power base in "The Rise of Asia." 
 
Dr. Steven Kim and Dr. Miemie Winn Byrd recently collaborated on an article discussing whether North Korea would follow Myanmar in adopting institutional reforms. Their article Worlds Apart: Why North Korea Won’t Follow Myanmar’s Path to Reform,” which appears in the 2014 Winter edition of Global Asia, compares the two countries in terms of factors affecting their decisions regarding reform.
 
Dr. David Fouse published the opinion piece "Onaga's Victory Means More Delays for the Futenma Replacement Facility."  In the editorial, he discusses what the election of Okinawa's  new governor means for the U.S.-Japan plan to relocate operations at a U.S. Marine Corps air station from the island's middle to a less populated area in the north.
 
Alumni Perspectives
While attending APCSS courses, Fellows are required to complete a Fellows 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
 
Lisa Wulan (ASC 14-3), an analyst with Indonesia's State Intelligence Agency, addresses what she believes is the need for better integration of women's unique skills in her nation's efforts to combat extremist activities.  The document is titled  “Enhancing the Role of Women in Indonesia to Counter Terrorism.
 
Kris Mada (ASC 14-3) is a journalist with Indonesia's Kompas Morning Daily, who advocates using non-military maritime assets to help battle smugglers.  His paper is titled “Empowering Indonesia’s Local Seafarers to Contain Smuggling (A Case Study: Batam, Riau Islands).”
 
Fozia Fayyaz (ASC 14-3), director of the Special Services Administration, Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, promotes advancement of her region's peoples through education and skills development.  In her paper, "Developing the Human Resource Potential of South Asia,"  she relates that South Asia's large population of young, working-age people is a rich source of labor for nations whose economies require infusions of foreign workers.
Inside this issue
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Upcoming Events
Feb. 11-March 13
 
Fiji Security Sector Development Workshop
Feb. 24-27
 
Building Partnerships in South Asia Disaster Risk Reduction - Sri Lanka
March 3-5
 
APCSS regional cooperation course with Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics.
Feb. 24-27
 
Laos Dialogues
March 31 - April 3
 
April 2 - May 7
 
Notable visitors
Dec. 23: Karen Stanton, U.S. ambassador to Timor-Leste.

Jan 21: Marcia Bernicat, U.S. ambassador to Bangladesh.

Jan. 21: Mark Gilbert, U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand.
 
Jan. 23:  USAF Gen. Lori Robinson, Commander of Pacific Air Forces.
 
Jan. 23: Lt. Gen. Chee Meng Ng (SE07-1), Air Force Chief of Defense Force, Singapore Ministry of Defense.
 
Jan. 23: Maj. Gen. Jun Nagashima, Military Advisor to Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. 
 
Jan. 28: Satoshi Morimoto, former Japan Defense Minister.
 
Jan. 28: Thomas Ross Jr., Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Security Cooperation.
 
Jan. 30: Judith Cefkin, U.S. Ambassador to Fiji, Tonga, Tuvalu, Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Nauru, and Vanuatu
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