Myanmar, also known as Burma, has been in an economic freefall since the failed military coup of February 2021. The coup, led by Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, has resulted in widespread conflict, unrest, and international condemnation.
Strengthening Shared Understanding Among the Partners in the Blue Pacific and Pacific Islands: Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (IUUF) and Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA)
The text of this statement was released by Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, Republic of Korea, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Strengthening Shared Understanding Among the Partners in the Blue Pacific and Pacific Islands: Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (IUUF) and Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) A workshop on “Strengthening Shared Understanding Among the Partners in the Blue Pacific (PBP) and Pacific Islands: Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (IUUF) and Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA)” was held 24-26 January 2023 at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu, Hawaii. This workshop brought together officials and [...]
BANGKOK, Kingdom of Thailand -- Major General Taksin Sirisingha, Director of the Thai Strategic Studies Center (SSC) and Rear Admiral (retired) Pete Gumataotao, Director of the U.S. Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS), signed a Memorandum of Understanding for Cooperation (MOU) at the Royal Thai Armed Forces National Defence Studies Institute in Bangkok on January 19, 2023. The MOU provides a framework to advance cooperation in education and strengthen bonds of friendship. The key takeaways are: Leadership Exchanges: Leaders from each institution will conduct exchange visits that will enhance cooperation on regional security issues. Faculty [...]
Richard Sears, the Center’s Dean of Admissions and Business Operations, retired on December 31, 2022. Sears served at the Center for over 20 years and previously for 30 years in the United States Navy.
From December 4-9, the senior leaders received lectures on crucial security issues in the Indo-Pacific region. DKI APCSS faculty shed light on topics such as the U.S. Indo-Pacific strategy, the rise of China’s Xi Jinping, Information security, climate change, and security in the Arctic region. With each lecture, the Fellows found particular benefit from listening to the perspective of their cohorts.
“Is Vietnam Torn Between Land and Sea in Its Defense?” is a new OpEd written by Dr. Alex Vuving for The Diplomat. According to Vuving, “The choice between maritime and continental orientations is a key question for Vietnam’s grand strategy, but it is misleading when the question is about Vietnam’s defense strategy.” In the article, he elaborates on these two orientations and states that: “Land and sea define the geography and history of Vietnam, but the land-sea binary does not define real strategic choices in Vietnam’s national defense, nor does it pose a genuine dilemma for Vietnam’s strategists. There is [...]
Dr.Sungmin Cho has published a new article titled “Does China’s Case Falsify Modernization Theory? Interim Assessment,” in the Journal of Contemporary China. Using the political science theory of modernization, Dr. Cho revisits the question of whether China's economic development has brought democratic changes in China or not. While the modernization theory suggests that economic development should lead to democratization, many analysts have claimed that China has not made democratic progress at all, despite its economic growth. By comparing these two competing perspectives and examining the evidence behind each assessment, Dr.Cho argues that there has been a certain degree of democratic [...]
“Mongolian Sand and Dust Storms’ Impacts on Asia-Pacific Environmental Security” is the latest research paper for Security Nexus, DKI APCSS’ academic journal. The author, Dr. J. Scott Hauger, is an environmental expert and former faculty member at DKI APCSS. According to his research, although sand and dust storms are familiar phenomena in Northeast Asia, extreme storm events in recent years have a strong impact on issues related to human security, including food, health, and infrastructure. Because major sand and dust storms do not adhere to national boundaries, countries in the region need to cooperate in preparing for their impact and [...]
This article discusses China’s efforts in strengthening China-Vietnam relations and Vietnam’s use of bamboo diplomacy to keep China at arm’s length without coming across as an adversary. According to Vuving, Vietnam’s Communist Party chief, Nguyen Phu Trong, used bamboo as a metaphor to advocate for a foreign policy “that combines flexibility in tactics and firmness in principles, thus resulting in resilience.”
Throughout the week, lectures from Center faculty shed light on the factors contributing to the Indo-Pacific's dynamic security environment. The Fellows received a comprehensive overview of the Indo-Pacific's sub-regions. The lectures also covered good governance, cooperation, rules-based order, and the various security spheres (traditional military security, economic security, cyber security, maritime security, and climate security).