Security Nexus | Webinar Episode 11: North Korea: Beyond the Headlines – Unveil the Reality with Glyn Ford

By |2024-03-11T15:20:23-10:00March 11th, 2024|Categories: Minnich, news, Security Nexus Webinar|Tags: |

In the latest episode of the Security Nexus Webinar, viewers were treated to an enlightening discussion that ventured deep into the heart of North Korea’s complex socio-political landscape. Episode 11, titled “North Korea beyond the Headlines, Unveiling the Reality with Glyn Ford,” was expertly navigated by host James Minnich, a retired Colonel of the United States Army and a distinguished professor at DKI APCSS. North Korea, often depicted through a lens of hostility and isolation, was dissected beyond its typical portrayal, revealing the intricacies that underpin its actions on the global stage. The webinar emphasized the importance of [...]

Security Nexus | Webinar Episode 10: Australia’s First Female Commando: A Tale of Resilience

By |2024-03-13T16:47:24-10:00March 11th, 2024|Categories: Minnich, news, Security Nexus Webinar|Tags: |

Discover Lt. Col. Robyn Fellowes' early life on a Queensland farm, her path to becoming the first Australian woman to earn the Commando Green Beret, and her extensive global operational experiences. We'll explore her pivotal role as a military gender adviser, her influence in shaping the role of women in the military, insights from her memoir "Wings of Change," and her invaluable advice for aspiring leaders. Lt Col Robyn Fellowes (Recommended on March 11, 2024) “Winning the Peace: Profiles of Australian Gender Advisors on Military Operations” by Group Captain (Dr) Deanne ‘Dee’ Gibbon, CSC OAM (Australian Defence Organisation, 2023) https://www.defence.gov.au/sites/default/files/2023-10/Winning-the-Peace-Profiles-of-Australian-Gender-Advisors-on-Military-Operations.pdf [...]

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 [...]

OpEd: A prescription to revive the Myanmar economy 

By |2024-01-30T15:12:26-10:00January 30th, 2024|Categories: Faculty Articles, Byrd, news|Tags: , , , |

Approaching the third anniversary of its internal conflict, Myanmar is currently experiencing a precarious state of disarray within the military junta and its armed forces, teetering on the verge of collapse. Recent setbacks have dealt a severe blow to their morale. Major border trade cities and towns in the north and west have been lost to the anti-junta resistance coalition. The military's once-unquestioned tactical air superiority is now showing signs of degradation, marked by successive aircraft losses in the skies. 

Security Nexus | Webinar Episode 7: Taiwan’s Post-election Strategic Future

By |2024-04-02T11:21:51-10:00January 19th, 2024|Categories: Minnich, Burgoyne, news, Security Nexus Webinar|Tags: |

This Webinar features esteemed guest Professor Michael Burgoyne alongside host Professor James Minnich. Engage in enlightening discussions that navigate Taiwan’s post-election trajectory, unravel geopolitical tensions, and explore defense strategies. Gain valuable insights into Taiwan’s evolving landscape post-election, encompassing economic resilience, diplomatic initiatives, and security measures. Don’t miss this opportunity to grasp pivotal strategic decisions shaping Taiwan’s future. It’s an unmissable chance to immerse yourself in this enriching discourse. Note: The airing of this episode was moved and broadcast live on Zoom on March 25, 2024. View previous Security Nexus Webinars

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