Dr. Sungmin Cho has a new paper published by the Pacific Forum entitled "The New US Diplomacy with China: ‘Keep Your Promises’ " In his article, Cho discusses the idea of creating political division within China and its potential impacts on the US-China relationship. He addresses the questions of "What is the logic behind this idea? What are the problems? A critical review of the strategy suggests a different approach: Washington should instead focus on pressing China to live up to its own promises and obligations." Read the full article Sungmin Cho is Professor of the Daniel K. Inouye [...]
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 [...]
Featuring esteemed guest Dr. Miemie Winn Byrd alongside host Dr. James Minnich. Dr. Byrd is a renowned expert on Myanmar’s security dynamics as we delve into the intricate challenges and evolving situation in Myanmar. In this episode, Dr. Byrd, with her unique insights shaped by her Burmese heritage and distinguished career in the U.S. Army and academia, will discuss critical issues, including the current state of Myanmar’s conflict, international response, and the role of major powers like the United States and China. This dialogue promises to unravel the complexities surrounding Myanmar’s struggle for democracy and stability. Don’t miss this [...]
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 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 [...]
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 [...]
Hoang Do, Research Official at the East Sea Institute, Vietnam, and CSC 22-1 DKI APCSS alumnus, has released a Security Nexus perspective paper titled "Popular MDA Initiatives and Implications for ASEAN." This paper examines the impact of increasing Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) programs on ASEAN countries. The paper highlights the dual nature of MDA initiatives: while offering ASEAN an enhanced ability to combat maritime crimes and address "gray zone" challenges, they also raise concerns regarding national security, sovereignty, and technical compatibility. Hoang Do suggests a need for a strategic MDA approach within ASEAN, focusing on transparency, inclusivity, and long-term data-analysis [...]
Ensuring the Increase of Women Participation in Peace and Security Operations in Ghana’s Army by 2019
Rafat Awudu Colonel, Armed Forces CSRT 19-1 Your Content Goes Here Project timeline: 7/3/2019 – 12/1/2019 Colonel Rafat Awudu’s project focused on the predominantly male demographic in Ghana’s Army and the accompanying security operations. He encouraged female participation by challenging the societal perception of female personnel and demonstrating a comprehensive gender-based military architecture. By 2019, this project’s efforts resulted in 75 additional recruits in comparison to previous years.
Verena Neundter Regional Delegate for Police and Security Forces, International Committee of the Red CrossCovering Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and China (2020-2023) CSC 22-3 Your Content Goes Here Project timeline: 10/26/2022 – 4/28/2023 Ms. Verena Neundter observed a necessity to remind military personnel about their responsibilities and limitations when deployed to exercise police powers in support of local law enforcement agencies. As she was based during this period in Sri Lanka, Ms. Neundter conducted a workshop in two different regions for a total of 90 commanders of the Sri Lankan army. She designed a curriculum emphasizing procedures [...]
Developing a Handbook on Cultural Heritage Protection During Armed Conflicts in Lebanon for the Lebanese Armed Forces
Ziad Jalbout Lieutenant Colonel, Armed Forces CCM 20-1 Your Content Goes Here Project timeline: 2/26/2020 - 10/20/2022 Utilizing his doctoral degree in archeology and long-time background with the military, Lt. Col. Ziad Jalbout proposed a project to raise awareness of protecting cultural heritage within the Lebanese Armed Forces. He wrote a handbook about the responsibility to protect cultural heritage and appropriate procedures for doing so. In partnership with UNESCO, the Lebanese Army’s Directorate of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights later published this handbook for use in training on cultural properties. [...]
Charlie Siniu Agreements & Implementation Chief, Ministry of Foreign Affairs CSC 22-2 Your Content Goes Here Project timeline: 5/25/2022 – 2/28/2023 Mr. Charlie Siniu was part of the negotiating team that established the Papua New Guinea—United States Defense Cooperation Agreement in 2023. He participated in consultations with the Washington team to identify shared areas of interest and points of contention. The agreement provided a foundational framework to enhance security cooperation and bilateral relations between the United States and Papua New Guinea.