Join Professors James Minnich and Lami Kim in a captivating dialogue as they unravel the crucial theme of the “Nuclear Indo-Paciﬁc,” a region marked by six nuclear armed states and several threshold nuclear powers. Immerse yourself in this thought-provoking conversation that navigates the intricate dynamics and challenges shaping the nuclear landscape in one of the world’s most critical geopolitical areas. Gain valuable insights into the complexities deﬁning various nuclear scenarios in the Indo-Paciﬁc region. Don't miss your chance to be part of this enlightening conversation—register now to secure your spot and delve into the intricate world of the Nuclear Indo-Paciﬁc! [...]
In a recent article titled “Irregular Warfare: Undermining the CCP’s Dangerous and Illegal Activities in the Indo-Pacific,” Dr. Jeremiah “Lumpy” Lumbaca proposes a comprehensive irregular warfare strategy that could allow the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command to disrupt the Chinese Communist Party’s malign activities and the networks that support them. The proposed strategy defines Political Warfare as a non-violent means to achieve national objectives. In contrast, Irregular Warfare is the military component focused on influencing populations and affecting legitimacy. Lumbaca outlines four strategic focus areas: Shaping the environment: Initiatives include countering adversarial propaganda, developing military capacities, and building information operations. Denying sanctuary: [...]
Security Nexus Webinar: The Changing Nature of Security in the Face of Climate and Environmental Disruption
Discover the critical intersection of climate change and security in an enlightening webinar hosted by Dr. James Minnich. In "Changing Nature of Security in the Face of Climate and Environmental Disruption," he brings together a panel of distinguished experts, including Dr. Ethan Allen, Dr. Srini Sitaraman, and Dr. Sebastian Kevany. This thought-provoking event delves into the profound shifts in security paradigms driven by environmental disruption and climate-related challenges. Explore the growing risks associated with climate-induced conflicts, resource scarcity, and the need for sustainable adaptation strategies. Dr. Allen, a biologist specializing in environmental and climate-related matters, will provide insights on the [...]
The latest scholarly work titled "Everything Everywhere All At Once: Wars, Climate Change, Natural Disasters, Coups, Economic Collapse," authored by Dr. Ethan Allen, Dr. Sebastian Kevany, and Dr. Srini Sitaraman, has been published in Security Nexus. This analysis offers a comprehensive view of the multifaceted crises that nations worldwide are currently facing. Summary: The paper outlines the daunting reality of concurrent crises that governments face globally. With escalating conflicts and environmental catastrophes, existing governance structures are tested beyond their limits. The authors call for a radical shift in leadership attitudes towards a collective approach, emphasizing the interdependence of all humanity. [...]
Security Nexus Webinar: US-Korea-Japan Trilateral on China’s Maritime Strategy and Allies’ Responses
The Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, the Korea Institute for Maritime Strategy (KIMS), and the Japan Institute for International Affairs (JIIA), hosted a trilateral Security Nexus webinar on China's Maritime Strategy on October 31, 2023.
Dr. Sungmin Cho, professor at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, presented research during a program organized by The Korea Society. The research analyzed Chinese texts focusing on North Korea's regime stability, the country's uncertain future, and the potential unification of the Korean Peninsula. The research encompasses a review of 62 Chinese journal articles and 29 expert commentaries written by Chinese scholars. Cho explains how examining the writings of Chinese civilian scholars helps decipher Chinese strategic thinking despite censorship. Cho also provides an analytic framework for Beijing’s cost-benefit calculus regarding the potential unification of the Korean [...]
In a recent interview with The Diplomat, Dr. Alexander Vuving, a professor at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies, discussed the unexpected upgrade in U.S.-Vietnam relations. Contrary to expectations, the partnership skipped the “strategic partnership” level and was elevated to a “comprehensive strategic partnership.” Driven by the U.S.’s offer to transform Vietnam into a high-tech and semiconductor hub within U.S.-supported supply chains, this move is seen as a response to China’s growing power. The comprehensive strategic partnership benefits both nations. It signals equal footing for the U.S. with Vietnam’s long-time friends, China and Russia, and signifies Vietnam’s [...]
“Vietnam needs more than an upgraded U.S. partnership” is a new OpEd written by Dr. Alexander Vuving for Nikkei Asia. In this opinion piece, Vuving looks at the history of Vietnam’s role in strategic partnerships. “Hanoi's web of strategic partnerships worked well in the post-Cold War era because of the geopolitical distance then between major powers. This no longer applies in the current situation of heightened strategic rivalries,” according to Vuving. “Hanoi needs a new safety net that suits the changed conditions of the present time.” Read the full article Alexander L. Vuving is a professor at the Daniel [...]
DKI APCSS’ Dr. Srini Sitharaman recently appeared on Think Tech Hawai’i’s special series “Developing Hawai’i’s Relationships with Indo-Pacific - Part One: Point Counterpoint.”
DKI APCSS professor Dr. Sungmin Cho recently appeared on the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) podcast titled "South Korea's Role in Taiwan Contingency." The popular podcast can be found on YouTube. Dr. Sungmin Cho is a professor at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (DKI APCSS) in Honolulu. The views expressed are those of the author alone and do not represent the official policy of the DKI APCSS, the U.S. Department of Defense, or the U.S. government.