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South Korea’s Offensive Military Strategy and Its Dilemma

By |2024-03-01T16:15:44-10:00March 1st, 2024|Categories: Faculty Articles, External Publications, news, Cho|Tags: , , |

Dr. Sungmin Cho’s article, recently published by CSIS, sheds light on South Korea’s offensive military strategy amid shifting dynamics with North Korea. While North Korea’s recent stance has sparked debates, Cho highlights the significance of understanding South Korea’s approach. Defense Minister Shin Won-sik’s emphasis on immediate and forceful responses underscores South Korea’s defensive intent, though uncertainties remain regarding Pyongyang’s perceptions and the management of escalating risks. Cho delves into the evolution of South Korea’s offensive doctrine, notably its "three-axis system," illustrating the nation’s reliance on advanced capabilities to counter North Korea’s nuclear threat. However, concerns arise regarding the legality and [...]

Security Nexus | Webinar Episode 9: Fishing for Security from Sea Slavery

By |2024-02-28T15:10:31-10:00February 28th, 2024|Categories: Minnich, news, Security Nexus Webinar|Tags: |

By James M. Minnich  The vast expanse of the Indo-Pacific conceals a dark secret: sea slavery, a human rights crisis entwined with unsustainable fishing practices. From idyllic coastlines to the open ocean, forced labor, abuse, and environmental destruction cast a long shadow. This issue is not just a humanitarian tragedy; it erodes global security, fueling instability, crime, and even regional conflict.  In Episode 9 of the Security Nexus Webinar, we embarked on a deep dive into this shadowy world with seasoned maritime expert Ms. Anny Barlow. Her journey from commercial fisher to passionate advocate shed light on the [...]

Security Nexus | Webinar Episode 8: Myanmar: Three Years of Conflict, What’s Next?

By |2024-03-04T13:16:38-10:00February 22nd, 2024|Categories: Byrd, Minnich, news, Media, Security Nexus Webinar|Tags: , |

By James M. Minnich Nestled in Southeast Asia, Myanmar’s story unfolds like a tapestry woven with threads of hope and resilience, yet darkened by the shadows of ongoing conflict. From the vibrant heart of Honolulu, Hawaii, the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies hosted the 8th episode of its Security Nexus | Webinar on February 12th, titled “Myanmar: Three Years of Conflict, What’s Next?” This episode, hosted by retired U.S. Army Colonel and Professor James Minnich, took a deep dive into Myanmar’s prolonged conflict and pondered the future paths the country might take. The webinar featured Professor [...]

Vietnam’s future strategy

By |2024-02-21T14:24:11-10:00February 22nd, 2024|Categories: Vuving, External Publications, news|Tags: , |

Dr. Alexander Vuving has a new article on “Vietnam headed to the future with a defective compass” published by the East Asia Forum. According to the article synopsis, last year, “Vietnam adopted a strategy that maintains an outlook of peace, cooperation, and development. It has formed comprehensive strategic partnerships with the United States and Japan while also joining China’s 'community with a shared future,’ ceasing years of resistance to Chinese pressure. Despite its external diplomatic moves, Vietnam’s domestic policy has focused on preserving Communist Party rule through continued anti-corruption campaigns and repression of civil society — including arrests of activists [...]

Dr. Alexander Vuving on rapid changes in Vietnam

By |2024-02-22T16:39:44-10:00February 21st, 2024|Categories: Vuving, External Publications, news|Tags: , |

Dr. Alexander Vuving has contributed a chapter to the new book “Vietnam: Navigating a Rapidly Changing Economy, Society, and Political Order” by Börje Ljunggren and Dwight Perkins, eds. His chapter is “The Evolution of Vietnamese Foreign Policy in the Doi Moi Era.”According to the book’s abstract, this chapter traces the evolution of Vietnamese foreign policy since the 1980s. “This chapter identifies four major turning points in its trajectory. Each turning point was triggered by an event or a series of events that profoundly altered the international environment of Vietnam’s quest for identity, resources, and security. These events exerted an enormous impact [...]

Security Nexus | Webinar Episode 9 and Episode 11 Double Feature

By |2024-02-28T15:02:06-10:00February 15th, 2024|Categories: Minnich, news|Tags: |

Episode 11: North Korea: Beyond the Headlines - Unveil the Reality with Glyn Ford. Join us for an enlightening episode with Glyn Ford, a world-renowned expert on North Korea, as he peels back the layers of sensational headlines to reveal the complex dynamics shaping the future of the DPRK. With nearly 50 visits to North Korea, Mr. Ford brings unparalleled insights into the regime’s motivations, challenges, and potential paths. In this exclusive webinar, you will have the opportunity to: Delve into the nuanced political, social, and economic landscape of North Korea beyond the nuclear rhetoric. Unpack recent developments, including the [...]

New Insight on Maritime Domain Awareness Initiatives in ASEAN Region

By |2024-02-02T10:07:01-10:00February 2nd, 2024|Categories: Journal, news|Tags: , , , |

Hoang Do, Research Official at the East Sea Institute, Vietnam, and CSC 22-1 DKI APCSS alumnus, has released a Security Nexus perspective paper titled "Popular MDA Initiatives and Implications for ASEAN." This paper examines the impact of increasing Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) programs on ASEAN countries. The paper highlights the dual nature of MDA initiatives: while offering ASEAN an enhanced ability to combat maritime crimes and address "gray zone" challenges, they also raise concerns regarding national security, sovereignty, and technical compatibility. Hoang Do suggests a need for a strategic MDA approach within ASEAN, focusing on transparency, inclusivity, and long-term data-analysis [...]

Ensuring the Increase of Women Participation in Peace and Security Operations in Ghana’s Army by 2019

By |2024-02-01T14:46:15-10:00February 1st, 2024|Categories: Fellow Projects|Tags: , |

Rafat Awudu Colonel, Armed Forces CSRT 19-1 Your Content Goes Here Project timeline: 7/3/2019 – 12/1/2019 Colonel Rafat Awudu’s project focused on the predominantly male demographic in Ghana’s Army and the accompanying security operations. He encouraged female participation by challenging the societal perception of female personnel and demonstrating a comprehensive gender-based military architecture. By 2019, this project’s efforts resulted in 75 additional recruits in comparison to previous years.

Military in Law Enforcement – Capacity Building

By |2024-02-21T09:47:41-10:00February 1st, 2024|Categories: Fellow Projects|Tags: , |

Verena Neundter Regional Delegate for Police and Security Forces, International Committee of the Red CrossCovering Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and China (2020-2023) CSC 22-3 Your Content Goes Here Project timeline: 10/26/2022 – 4/28/2023 Ms. Verena Neundter observed a necessity to remind military personnel about their responsibilities and limitations when deployed to exercise police powers in support of local law enforcement agencies. As she was based during this period in Sri Lanka, Ms. Neundter conducted a workshop in two different regions for a total of 90 commanders of the Sri Lankan army. She designed a curriculum emphasizing procedures [...]

Developing a Handbook on Cultural Heritage Protection During Armed Conflicts in Lebanon for the Lebanese Armed Forces

By |2024-02-01T14:42:53-10:00February 1st, 2024|Categories: Fellow Projects|Tags: , |

Ziad Jalbout Lieutenant Colonel, Armed Forces CCM 20-1 Your Content Goes Here Project timeline: 2/26/2020 - 10/20/2022 Utilizing his doctoral degree in archeology and long-time background with the military, Lt. Col. Ziad Jalbout proposed a project to raise awareness of protecting cultural heritage within the Lebanese Armed Forces. He wrote a handbook about the responsibility to protect cultural heritage and appropriate procedures for doing so. In partnership with UNESCO, the Lebanese Army’s Directorate of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights later published this handbook for use in training on cultural properties. [...]

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