The Daniel K. Inouye Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies held the sixth iteration of its DKI Speaker Series on November 19, featuring His Excellency Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos Jr., President of the Republic of the Philippines. The Philippine President’s discussion resonated with the series' goal of fostering discussions on regional stability and security. He spoke to an auditorium of over 200 participants focusing on regional security challenges, the Philippines’ security situation, and the Philippine-U.S. alliance. President Marcos Jr. presented a donation to Hawaii to aid in the Maui fire recovery effort. Lt. Gov. Sylvia Luke accepted the gift. [...]
DKI APCSS recognized Raut’s contributions as an alumnus who significantly improved the peace and security within his country of Nepal and in the Indo-Pacific Region. Raut’s Fellows Project resulted in seven new provincial emergency operation centers. He drafted eight of the fifteen laws required to support the expansion of the EOCs. He also played an instrumental role in passing significant policies that included the Disaster Management Act, Risk Reduction Policy, and the National Strategic Action Plan.
As part of his participation in CMC, Dr. Wijesekara began implementing a Fellows Project titled, “Build the Capacity of Religious Leaders to Prevent Violent Extremism in Sri Lanka through a Public Health Approach.” Due to the ongoing pandemic he was forced to redirect his efforts to produce a workshop titled, “COVID-19 and Beyond.” In partnership with DKI APCSS, he designed the workshop, recruited speakers and participants, served as a speaker, and co-hosted the event. The workshop participants presented South Asia perspectives on COVID-19 prevention and mitigation. The participants shared best practices in responding to the pandemic and identified common challenges that the countries of South Asia were facing.