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APCSS Activities Report - March 2015
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Bilateral workshop success furthers U.S.-Vietnam relationship
Continuing the trend of increasing U.S.-Vietnam cooperation, the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics and Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies teamed for a joint workshop promoting international partnership building. The March 16-20 event marked the 20th anniversary of the restoration of formal U.S.-Vietnam diplomatic ties.  Titled "Vietnam and Regional Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific," the workshop paired 30 of Vietnam's current and future leaders with APCSS faculty for lectures, discussions and strategy development. The intent, said APCSS course manager Dr. Alexander Vuving, was to enhance the group's understanding of evolving international dynamics as their nation emerges onto the world stage.  Pictured from left to right are Vietnam Fellows Tran Phuoc Anh and Hoang Thi Ha, and APCSS staff members U.S. Navy Capt. Benjamin Clancy and intern Cody Fultz.  Look for article soon on
CSRT 15-1 class evaluates, debates modern-day terrorism

Teams of international Fellows went head-to-head in four debates that marked the latest iteration of the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies’ course on terrorism held Feb. 11 – March 13. Comprehensive Security Responses to Terrorism 15-1 featured 107 Fellows from 47 locations.  CSRT provides security practitioners from the Asia-Pacific region and other select nations with the skills needed to better understand and combat terrorism and transnational threats.  To read more, click here
U.S., Sri Lanka partner to reduce risk of natural disasters
Disaster Management practitioners from Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka gathered in Colombo, Sri Lanka, March 3-5, to exchange partnership ideas on reducing natural disaster risks. The workshop aligned with the intent of the Hyogo Framework for Action, a 10-year plan that encourages multi-stakeholder cooperation in lessening risks associated with frequently catastrophic effects of disasters, such as earthquakes and floods.  Pictured at right is Sri Lankan workshop participant Anoja Seneviratne.  To read more, click here.
APCSS plays host to ASEAN regional forum
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Inter-sessional Meeting on Maritime Security took place at APCSS March 30 to April 2.  The event was co-chaired by the U.S. State Department, Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs.  Representatives discussed coordination between maritime agencies, and maritime safety, security and environmental issues.  Pictured at left is Hawaii U.S. Congresswomen Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), who served as the event's keynote speaker March 31.
Faculty publications
Dr. Kerry Lynn Nankivell calls examination of the role of history in the South China Sea "dangerous ground" in her article titled "The Stories Nation Tell, in Three Voices."  She writes that contemporary discussions about sovereignty and jurisdictions in the Sea have become so politicized as to obscure historical insights. Her essay considers the role of history in the South China Sea through the lens of three recent works on maritime Asia.
Inside this issue
Upcoming Events
Advanced Security Cooperation Course 15-1
April 2 - May 7
Theater Security Cooperation Course 15-1
June 1 - 6
Notable visitors
March 5: DAS Fatema Sumar, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of South Asia and Central Asian Affairs.
March 18: AMB Walter North, U.S. Ambassador to Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu
March 18:  Gen. Lee Shying-jou,  Director, Taiwan National Security Bureau
March 26: AMB Peter Martin Tesch, First Assistant Secretary, International Security Division, Australia
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