In the second episode of Ke Kumu, Dr. Sebastian “Bas” Kevany discusses global health security in the Indo-Pacific region. Originally from Ireland, Bas joined the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (DKI APCSS) in January 2021.
Security Nexus | Webinar Episode 3: The Changing Nature of Security in the Face of Climate and Environmental Disruption
The Security Nexus | Webinar on "The Changing Nature of Security in the Face of Climate and Environmental Disruption," held on November 20, 2023, tackled the profound intersections between climate change, environmental crises, and global security. Hosted by Dr. James Minnich, a distinguished professor at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, the webinar featured a lineup of esteemed experts: Dr. Ethan Allen, Dr. Srini Sitaraman, and Dr. Sebastian Kevany, offering unique perspectives on the intricate ties between environmental disruptions and security challenges.
In this episode, Dr. James Minnich hosts Dr. Sebastian Kevany, a prominent health security expert with extensive experience in global missions. They discuss current health security challenges in the Indo-Pacific, highlighting the importance of collaborative efforts in addressing interconnected health and security issues. The conversation covers global success stories in health security, the significance of international cooperation, and the role of technology and innovation in strengthening health security.
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: [...]
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 Episode 1: 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.”