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 [...]

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 [...]

Dr. Lumpy Lumbaca Advocates for a New Irregular Warfare Approach in the Indo-Pacific

By |2023-11-17T13:36:45-10:00November 15th, 2023|Categories: College, Faculty Articles, External Publications, Lumbaca, news|Tags: , |

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: [...]

Every Taiwan Citizen a Resistance Member: Preparing for a Chinese Occupation

By |2023-09-15T12:53:12-10:00September 15th, 2023|Categories: College, Faculty Articles, External Publications, Lumbaca, news|Tags: , , |

Dr. Jeremiah “Lumpy” Lumbaca, has a new article entitled “Every Taiwan Citizen a Resistance Member: Preparing for a Chinese Occupation” published by the Modern War Institute at West Point.  In the article, Lumbaca creates a scenario where the People's Liberation Army (PLA) has successfully invaded and occupied Taiwan, despite previous predictions that such an invasion would be too costly for China. The Chinese occupation is extensive, with forces present in all aspects of Taiwanese life. The situation is compared to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, highlighting the unpredictability of autocrats' actions. Lumbaca emphasizes the importance of preparing Taiwan's civilian population for potential resistance against [...]

South Korea Needs a Drone Strategy

By |2023-08-18T12:20:33-10:00August 18th, 2023|Categories: Faculty Articles, Kim, External Publications, news|Tags: , , |

Dr. Lami Kim’s OpEd “South Korea Needs a Drone Strategy” was recently published in the National Interest. According to Kim, “As North Korea’s drone capabilities increase, the South Korean military must enhance its capability to counter North Korea’s drone threats. As drone technology evolves and drones increasingly become an essential tool of the armed forces, Seoul must also find ways to utilize drones effectively in conjunction with other weapons systems on the battlefield. South Korea’s decision to establish a drone operation command is a step in the right direction. However, as it stands, South Korea’s strategy lacks clear objectives. Deciding [...]

New Policy Brief on China’s Nuclear Modernization and Northeast Asian Security

By |2023-07-31T15:56:49-10:00July 31st, 2023|Categories: Faculty Articles, Kim, External Publications, news|Tags: , , |

In a new policy brief published in the ASIA-Pacific Leadership network, DKI APCSS Prof. Lami Kim examines the implications of China’s nuclear weapons build-up on Northeast Asian security. Kim argues that the threat lies less in direct nuclear risk to the US homeland and more in the potential impact on vital US interests in the region, including the increased risk of an emboldened invasion of Taiwan and possible nuclear arms pursuits by Japan and South Korea. Kim suggests strengthening deterrence measures, enhancing transparency, and establishing viable crisis management mechanisms to mitigate these risks. Read the Policy Brief The views [...]

Professors Cho and Kim publish articles on strengthening ROK-US critical technologies

By |2023-07-26T17:05:27-10:00July 26th, 2023|Categories: Faculty Articles, Kim, External Publications, news, Cho|Tags: , , , |

In a report published by the Pacific Forum, professors Sungmin Cho and Lami Kim contribute articles exploring the evolving U.S.-South Korea alliance through technology and cybersecurity. Cho’s chapter titled “The Geopolitics of Semiconductor Cooperation among the United States, Korea, and China.” takes a deep dive into the geopolitics of semiconductor cooperation among the three countries. Kim’s chapter, titled "5G/6G, Cybersecurity and US-South Korea Cooperation,” investigates the possibilities of U.S.-South Korea collaboration on cybersecurity, focusing on the implications of 5G and 6G technologies. The overall publication emphasizes the need to adapt and fortify the U.S.-South Korea alliance amid swift advancements in [...]

Maj. Afua Boahema-Lee publishes climate change article

By |2023-07-20T08:50:09-10:00July 19th, 2023|Categories: Faculty Articles, External Publications, news|Tags: , , , |

“Comparative Study on Climate Change in Thailand, Vietnam” is the latest article by U.S. Army Maj. Afua Boahema-Lee, published in Liaison, a journal of civil-military disaster management and humanitarian relief collaborations. Boahema-Lee presents a comprehensive, comparative study on climate change's impact in the Indo-Pacific region, exploring significant security challenges particularly in Thailand and Vietnam. It investigates various climate change-induced phenomena, including floods, droughts and rising sea levels, and their negative economic and health consequences. Thailand and Vietnam have implemented policies and strategies to combat these challenges, engaging stakeholders such as nongovernmental organizations and the military. The article underscores the need [...]

North Korea Is Becoming an Asset for China 

By |2022-02-15T08:12:41-10:00February 15th, 2022|Categories: Faculty Articles, External Publications, news, Cho|Tags: , , , , |

“North Korea Is Becoming an Asset for China” is a new article by Dr. Sungmin Cho for Foreign Affairs magazine. Co-authored with Oriana Skylar Mastro, the article discusses the latest round of missile testing by North Korea and its potential impact on US alliances with Japan and the Republic of Korea. According to the authors, "North Korea's missile tests are occurring at a time of stark, rising competition between the United States and the Pacific’s other great power: China... Pyongyang’s weapons program was long seen as a liability for Beijing, given the erratic and unpredictable behavior of North Korea’s leaders. [...]

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