On April 1, 2022, DKI APCSS hosted 40 international officers from the U.S Army War College’s International Fellows Program. Ranging from lieutenant colonel to brigadier general, the Fellows were hand-selected from the Chief of Staff of the Army to participate in a 10-month, in-resident course at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. For the last seven months, the Fellows have studied the role of land power, as part of a unified, joint or combined force, in support of the U.S. national military strategy. Their visit to Hawaii provided an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the various Indo-Pacific organizations who are available to partner with their militaries and countries. In addition to DKI APCSS, the Fellows visited the Indo-Pacific Command, the U.S. Army Pacific Command, and the Center for Excellence in Disaster Management.
“SARS-COV-2 Mutations, Variants, and National Security,” is the title of a paper by Dr. Deon Canyon, Dr. Sebastian Kevany and retired Rear Adm. Michael S. Baker for Security Nexus. This article explains how COVID-19 mutations emerge, and how governments would be potentially remiss in turning away from health security protocols and issues, including funding for variant testing, even after the acute phase of the global pandemic is over. Summary Placing a priority on the surveillance of Covid mutations by investing in genomic sequencing is vital to ensuring a forward leaning posture and a proactive response to dangerous new variants. More [...]
“An International Public Health and Virus Surveillance Network for National Security,” is the title of a paper by Dr. Deon Canyon, Dr. Sebastian Kevany and retired Rear Adm. Michael S. Baker for Security Nexus. This article highlights the necessity for the United States to increase national sequence-based surveillance and provide more support for the public health infrastructure to gain control of COVID-19 variants. Summary Infectious diseases continue to evolve and disrupt nations around the globe. Placing a priority on the surveillance of Covid mutations by investing in routine genomic sequencing is vital to ensuring a forward-leaning posture and a proactive [...]
“The Nexus Between the COVID-19 Pandemic, International Relations, and International Security” is a new paper co-authored by DKI APCSS professor Dr. Deon Canyon for Security Nexus. Excerpt: The extent to which other related global relationships, national entities, and supranational organizations have performed in the current case will only be clear in retrospect: it will quite possibly emerge that a combination of right- and left-wing polices – cherry-picking elements of travel and visa restrictions, greater health security and diplomacy investments, and other defensive and protective policy aspects from the two highly divergent sets of agendas -- will be the guiding paradigm for [...]
Elizabeth Kunce joined the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in September 2019. Dr. Kunce’s professional background includes work with both civilian and security actors across a broad scope of operational settings from gang-ridden communities to international disaster response operations. She has worked within the United States criminal justice system primarily in the areas of police reform, race and police-community relations as well as various local, state, and federal gang and gun violence interventions. Elizabeth has extensive experience working with the United States Department of Defense (US DoD) in civil military coordination, training and operational planning humanitarian [...]