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DKI APCSS Activities Report - April & May 2016
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Maritime professionals develop information sharing strategies
With an emphasis on sustaining vital fish resources in Southeast Asian waters, 46 professionals from 11 nations took part in a May 16 to 19 workshop at DKI APCSS.  Titled “Building Maritime Shared Awareness in Southeast Asia 2,” the workshop’s intent was to build information sharing processes and frameworks among policy makers, and enforcement and defense officials tasked with ensuring legal and sustainable use of the region’s ocean resources.  Pictured above, Ambassador Nina Hachigian, with the U.S. Mission to ASEAN, addresses participants via video.  To read more, click here.
Asia-Pacific leaders tackle transnational crises in TSC 16-1
Challenged with disaster response and terrorism scenarios, 28 senior leaders from 24 locations collaborated to develop problem-solving strategies as part of the May 9 to 13 Transnational Security Cooperation course (16-1) at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies. Crisis response scenarios are a key part of the week-long TSC, an intensive executive education program for current leaders with significant national, regional or international responsibility.  TSC is the Center’s most senior-level course and enhances Fellows’ understanding of security issues that often cross national boundaries, are highly complex, and require multinational responses.  Pictured at right, a TSC Fellow provides perspective during a seminar session.   To read more, click here.

U.S., international Fellows complete ASC 16-1
Gaining a deeper understanding of security issues within and far beyond their own nations’ borders, 120 Fellows from 33 locations completed the Advanced Security Cooperation course (ASC 16-1) May 4 at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies. The five-week course is an executive education program enabling mid-level military and civilian leaders to deepen their understanding of security issues within political, socio-economic, defense and environmental contexts.  The course’s primary intent, according to course manager Dr. Christopher Snedden, is to connect Fellows in a way that helps them collaborate on complex regional security challenges.  Pictured above (at left) are ASC 16-1 Fellows taking part in a seminar session.  Pictured at right is professor Dr. Lori Forman leading a topical discussion.  To read more, click here.
Faculty publications and media
Shifting Geo-politics in the Greater South Asia Region” is the latest analytical report by DKI APCSS professor Dr. Christopher Snedden. The report serves as a primer on the greater South Asia region, home to 1.7 billion people.    The report covers important historic events, economic achievements, regional nations' interactions with each other and with the U.S. and China, as well as future trends and possibilities.  While fractious, one of the biggest challenges and greatest opportunities is to develop South Asia into a strong, economically-unified region, writes Snedden.
Dr. Alexander Vuving has a new article published by The National Interest on “How Vietnam can stop the South China Sea ADIZ.”  He begins with the question of “What is China’s next big move in the South China Sea?”  According to Vuving, many experts believe that China will eventually claim an air defense identification zone (ADIZ) in the area.  Vuving also authored “South China Sea: Who Occupies What in the Spratlys,” published by The Diplomatand “Why Trong’s Re-election Doesn’t Spell the End for Reform in Vietnam,” published by East Asia Forum.
Dr. Van Jackson has a new article called “Grappling with the Fait Accompli: A Classical Tactic in the Modern Strategic Landscape,” which appeared this week in the War on the Rocks blog. In his article, Jackson describes variations in the fait accompli, an age-old tactic to challenge the status quo and secure unilateral gains while minimizing the risks of war.  He ties this concept to the Russian annexation of Crimea, North Korea’s recurring violence, and China’s contentious artificial island-building in the South China Sea.  Jackson also authored the Op/Ed "Saving the South China Sea without starting World War III," published by The National Interest.
The Role and Use of International Law in the South China Sea Disputes” is the latest paper by DKI APCSS Associate Dean Justin Nankivell.  Published by the Maritime Awareness Project, Nankivell reviews how international law works within the framework of foreign policy decisions.
The Asan Forum has published Dr. Jeffery Reeve’s latest article “Mongolia’s Place in China’s Periphery Diplomacy.” Reeves discusses how China has reprioritized the country’s foreign policy from a focus on relations with great powers to relations with peripheral countries under the One Belt, One Road (OBOR) strategy.
China’s Most Dangerous Game: Solving the Policy Puzzle of the South China Sea” is the latest article by Kerry Lynn Nankivell  for Indo-Asia-Pacific Defense Forum.
According to Nankivell, “The strategic seascape in the South China Sea presents an unusual policy puzzle for stakeholder governments for at least two reasons. First, the disputes are extremely complex. Second, governments struggle to identify policy responses to Chinese provocation because the delicate status quo is predicated on four central paradoxes.
In this issue
Upcoming events
Asia-Pacific Orientation Course 16-2
June 20 to 24

Maritime Senior Leaders meetings (icw/RIMPAC)
July 7 to 8
Comprehensive Security Responses to Terrorism 16-1
July 14 to Aug. 10

Notable visitors
April 14: Vice Adm. Karambir Singh, India's Deputy Chief of Naval Staff. 
April 20: Adm. Scott Swift, Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet.
April 25: Dr. Alaa Murabit, Advisor to U.N. on Women
May 2: Mr. Vicente Agdamag, Deputy Director General, Philippines National Security Council
May 4: Brig. Gen. Chris Parsons, New Zealand Deputy Chief of Army

May 26: Gen. David Perkins, Commanding General, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command.
May 27: Nine-member U.S. Congressional Delegation led by Sen. Steve Daines.
Currents magazine
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