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DKI APCSS Activities Report - September to November 2016

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TSC enhances senior leader collaboration skills
High-level leaders from 29 locations and one regional organization were tasked with exploring solutions to transnational terrorist and humanitarian challenges as part of the Nov. 13 to 18 Transnational Security Cooperation course (TSC 16-2) at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (DKI APCSS).  Fellows engaged in topical discussions on complexity in problem-solving as well as an overview of salient transnational issues in the Asia-Pacific region’s evolving security environment.  To read more, click here.
Fellows complete advanced cooperation course at DKI APCSS
Collaboration, negotiation, contemplation, connection…all hallmarks of the Advanced Security Cooperation course held at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies.  One hundred twelve U.S. and international Fellows from 34 locations took part in this course’s latest iteration (ASC 16-2) Sept. 22 to Oct. 26.  ASC 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.  To read more, click here.

APOC builds Fellows' knowledge of regional security environ
Gaining fuller knowledge of important factors that drive the Asia-Pacific security environment, 144 Fellows completed a nearly week-long orientation course today at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies.  Held Sept. 12 to 16, the Asia-Pacific Orientation Course 16-3 comprised U.S. and international Fellows from Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, Indonesia, the Philippines, Republic of Korea Singapore, Taiwan, and Thailand.  APOC is designed to provide an overview of regional states and trends.  Attendees are predominantly junior- to mid-grade U.S. military members and their civilian counterparts in various security-related fields;, however, the APOC roster includes a small number of international Fellows.  To read more, click here.
Regional senior leaders gather for Asia-Pacific overview
Forty-one senior leaders received a comprehensive look at major security trends in the Asia-Pacific region in the Oct. 4 to 6 Senior Executive Asia-Pacific Orientation Course 16-1 at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies.  SEAPOC brings together U.S. military and civilian leaders along with allied and partner-nation counterparts to discuss complex security challenges and opportunities in the region’s constantly evolving security environment. The October iteration featured Fellows from Australia, Canada, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, the United Kingdom and the United States.  To read more, click here.
Faculty publications and media
Kerry Lynn Nankivell published an article entitled “Follow the Fish: Considering Options in the South China Sea”  on the Maritime Awareness Project (MAPAsia) website. It was a collaboration of the National Bureau of Asian Research and Sasakawa USA.  Nankivell writes, “Nearly four months after the landmark UNCLOS arbitration ruling in the case brought by the Philippines against China, President Rodrigo Duterte’s about-face in his approach to the Philippines’ bilateral disputes with China has dominated regional discussion. While this attention is entirely warranted, it has also meant undue neglect of other dimensions of the ruling and its regional effects.”
Dr. Christopher Snedden’s opinion piece “Self Determination the Only Solution: Resolving the Kashmir Dispute” has been published on-line by Asia & the Pacific Policy Society Policy Forum. Snedden addresses the long-running territorial dispute between India and Pakistan regarding the state of Jammu and Kashmir.  Snedden gives a brief history of the dispute, discusses the instransigent positions of both parties and recommends that people in the contested lands determine their future.
Dr. Deon Canyon coauthored an article titled “Forecasted Impact of Climate Change on Infectious Disease and Health Security in  Hawaii by 2050,” published by the  Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness journal.  Canyon and coauthors Rick Speare and Frederick Burke, discuss the potential impacts of climate change on the study of infectious and vector-borne diseases in Hawaii.  Their conclusions recommend a resilience model to increase adaptive capacity for all climate change impacts rather than one focused specifically on communicable diseases.
“Preventing Nuclear War with North Korea” by Dr. Van Jackson was recently published by Foreign Affairs magazine.  In the article, Jackson discusses North Korea’s fifth and largest missile and nuclear testing.  In the last four years, North Korea, under Kim Jong Un, has conducted 35 missile launches and three nuclear tests.  According to Jackson, “North Korea’s nuclear program is now more accelerated, less constrained, and more openly linked to its missile program than at any point in its history.  Jackson also recently wrote about the  changing Asian security landscape in his article “Asian Security after US Hegemony: Spheres of Influence and the Third Wave of Regional Order,” published by The ASAN Forum.

Dr. Mohan Malik’s article "Balancing Act: The China-India-U.S. Triangle"  was published in the Spring 2016 edition of World Affairs.  Malik discusses the evolving security relationships between the three nations, particularly in light of China’s aggressive actions in the South China Sea.  He states that “Modi is the first Indian Prime Minister who has not uttered the ‘N’ word — 'non-alignment' — even once since coming to power in 2014."  A "Modified India" has moved away from this Nehruvian notion to skillfully play the balance-of-power game as a "leading power."

Alumni Perspective
How do the expanding economic opportunities in communist countries impact freedom of the press?  Tjipta Lesmana, an alumnus of the Transnational Security Cooperation (TSC16-1) course and professor at Universitas Pelita Hatrapan in Indonesia, recently researched the topic of “Freedom of the Press in Vietnam and Laos: Fred Siebert’s Communist Media Theory Re-examined.”  His research is now available as part of our “Alumni Perspectives” publications at

In this issue
Upcoming events
Security Sector Development: Indian Ocean Region
Dec. 5 to 9
Asia-Pacific Orientation Course

Jan. 23 to 27

Notable visitors
Sep. 6: Amb. Judith Cefkin, U.S. Ambassador to Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga, Tuvalu
Sep. 9: Gen. Robert Brown,  Commanding General, U.S. Army Pacific
Sep. 12: Lt. Gen. Thang Vu Chien, Director General, Department of Foreign Relations, Vietnam
Sep. 28: Brig. Gen. Reuel Sorilla, Adjutant General, Armed Forces of the Philippines
Sep. 29: Lt. Gen. Ye Aung, Minister of Border Affairs, Myanmar
Oct. 5: Honorable Richard Marles, Shadow Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Australia
Oct. 7: Mr. Kurt Tong, U.S. Consul General to Hong Kong and Macau
Oct. 17: Mr. Chen-Jan Lee, Vice Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Taiwan
Oct. 28: Mr. Masatoshi Sugiura, Director, Oceania Division, Asia and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan
Oct. 28: Mr. David Helvey, U.S. Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for East Asia
Nov. 3: Sen. Brian Schatz, U.S. Senator, Hawaii
Nov. 17: Ms. Rachel Cooke, U.S. Counsul General in Perth, Australia
Currents magazine
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