Dr. John Hemmings provides an introduction on the 5G debate.

Thailand’s National Security Council  jointly organized a workshop, “National Security in a Complex Environment, Critical Thinking and Strategy,” in Bangkok from January 16-17, 2020 with the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies. Participants enhanced their knowledge and understanding of emerging issues in a rapidly changing security environment, and identified future trends and security challenges privileging whole-of-government responses.

U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Michael Heath speaks at the opening ceremony.

U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Michael Heath joined Ruchakorn Napapornpipat, Director of Directorate of Security Policy and Planning of the NSC, at the opening ceremony.  In his remarks, Chargé Heath stated, “The world is increasingly complex, rapidly evolving, and unpredictable, with major strategic implications.  It is our duty, whether we work in civilian or military offices, to use our positions wisely, draw on the expertise of those around us, and support our government in ensuring that everyone reaps the benefits of mutual security, shared growth, and increased prosperity.”

Dr. Virginia Bacay-Watson sets the scene for the workshop.

Dr. Virginia Bacay-Watson, DKI APCSS academic team lead said, “The workshop was an opportunity for Thailand’s government to network and enhance understanding of emerging technologies and strategic thinking in the ever-changing security environment.”

The workshop was attended by 56 Thai civilian and military officials representing 20 government agencies and academic institutions.  The group also included 11 DKI APCSS alumni, several of whom assisted with facilitating breakout sessions.

Presentation topics included Strategic Thinking, Emerging Technologies & Security, the 5G Debate, Space, Technology and the Environment, and Social Media and Security.

DKI APCSS alumnae (Rapeepun Nophirun, 0CSRT15-1) shares her thoughts on the importance of the security-technology nexus. She was among the 56 participants in the workshop.

DKI APCSS is a U.S. Department of Defense institute in Honolulu, Hawaii.  Since it began in 1995, DKI APCSS has addressed regional and global security issues, providing a focal point where national officials, decision makers and policy makers gather to exchange ideas, explore pressing issues and achieve a greater understanding of the challenges that shape the security environment of the Indo-Pacific region.  With its long and successful 25-year history engaging with Thailand, DKI APCSS has hosted numerous resident courses and workshops for Thai officials and professionals.  Thailand’s DKI APCSS Alumni Association is the second largest in the world.


Ruchakorn Napapornpipat, Director of Directorate of Security Policy and Planning of the NSC, provides close of session remarks.