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New Publication from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies | SAIS Research Fellow: "... Since the Confe...
11/30/2017
Djibouti: IMO Recommends Transforming Training Center | USC Center on Public Diplomacy

New Publication from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies | SAIS Research Fellow: "... Since the Conference on the #Djibouti Code of Conduct, the IMO has been extremely candid with Djiboutian officials about the need to demonstrate their government’s commitment to make use of the #Japanese-funded Djibouti Regional Training Facility. In one exchange, an #IMO official explicitly warned a Djiboutian official that the DRTC is increasingly viewed as a failed project. The IMO official therefore urged the Djiboutian official to demonstrate that the center was open for business and reminded the Djiboutian official that the government would not be able to attract the support of more international partners as long as the facility remains idle. In their words, the government of Djibouti “cannot afford” to wait until the next calendar year to start planning events. " URL = www.uscpublicdiplomacy.org/blog/djibouti-imo-recommends-transforming-training-center U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) #Djibouti #breakingnews #news #Africa #development #aid JICA 青年海外協力隊事務局 Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa U.S. Embassy Djibouti Union Européenne à Djibouti Ambassade du Japon à Djibouti 在ジブチ日本国大使館 Ambassade de France à Djibouti

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11/28/2017
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New Publication from #SAIS Research Fellow: "It is perhaps not surprising that reports of what actually transpired during the live-fire exercises are beginning to trickle out. Yesterday, foreign military officials revealed that they were not only surprised that the Chinese military conducted the exercises outside of the normal hours at the range. They also felt that the Chinese military did not have the proper authorization to conduct the exercises in the first place. This led to intense speculation over what statement the Chinese military was trying to make with these exercises. Earlier today, new information came to light that casts a shadow over these concerns." #China #Djibouti #News #BreakingNews #Africa U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) CJTF-HOA CSIS China Power Project The China Africa Project SAIS China Africa Research Initiative Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies | SAIS

New Publication from #SAIS Research Fellow: "In an opinion article for the Global Times, Su Tan suggests that last week’...
11/28/2017
Reported Unauthorized Use of Djiboutian Range Fuels Speculation on Chinese Intentions in Africa – 11/27/17 – Islands Society

New Publication from #SAIS Research Fellow: "In an opinion article for the Global Times, Su Tan suggests that last week’s live-fire exercises aroused concern because of “persistent speculation over China’s intentions.” Unfortunately, the Chinese Government has done very little to assuage concerns over the intentions of the Chinese military in this part of the world. Moreover, the People’s Liberation Army Security Base in #Djibouti remains shrouded in secrecy since it opened in August. And, the Chinese military has been aggressive in their interactions with their American counterparts since their first live-fire exercise in September. In this context, last week’s live-fire exercises were bound to fuel further speculation over China’s intentions in the region. The reported use of the range outside of their scheduled permit of use only adds more fuel to that fire." CJTF-HOA U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies | SAIS The China Africa Project SAIS China Africa Research Initiative

Reported Unauthorized Use of Djiboutian Range Fuels Speculation on Chinese Intentions in Africa – 11/27/17 Posted on 27. November 201728. November 2017Author PacificCategories Articles, China, Defense, Djibouti, Foreign Policy, Michael Edward Walsh Last week, the Chinese military conducted live-fi...

New Publication from #SAIS Research Fellow: "It is perhaps not surprising that reports of what actually transpired durin...
11/28/2017
Major Communication Breakdown During Chinese Live-Fire Exercises in Djibouti – 11/28/17 – Islands Society

New Publication from #SAIS Research Fellow: "It is perhaps not surprising that reports of what actually transpired during the live-fire exercises are beginning to trickle out. Yesterday, foreign military officials revealed that they were not only surprised that the Chinese military conducted the exercises outside of the normal hours at the range. They also felt that the Chinese military did not have the proper authorization to conduct the exercises in the first place. This led to intense speculation over what statement the Chinese military was trying to make with these exercises. Earlier today, new information came to light that casts a shadow over these concerns." #China #Djibouti #News #BreakingNews #Africa U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) CJTF-HOA CSIS China Power Project The China Africa Project SAIS China Africa Research Initiative Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies | SAIS

Major Communication Breakdown During Chinese Live-Fire Exercises in Djibouti – 11/28/17 Posted on 28. November 201728. November 2017Author PacificCategories Articles, China, Defense, Djibouti, Foreign Policy, Michael Edward Walsh On 23 November, the Chinese military conducted live-fire exercises w...

The Islands Society can confirm that a foreign military officer has shared new information that the Chinese military was...
11/28/2017
Islands Society Told of Communications Breakdown During Recent Chinese Live-Fire Exercises in Djibouti – 11/28/17 – Islands Society

The Islands Society can confirm that a foreign military officer has shared new information that the Chinese military was provided official authorization to conduct live-fire exercises at the Maryam Training Area, Djibouti. However, the French military did not receive the notification of authorization because of a technical issue that delayed the reception of a fax sent by the Djiboutian Government until earlier this morning. www.islandssociety.org/2017/11/28/islands-society-told-of-communications-breakdown-during-recent-chinese-live-fire-exercises-in-djibouti-11-28-17/

Islands Society Told of Communications Breakdown During Recent Chinese Live-Fire Exercises in Djibouti – 11/28/17 Posted on 28. November 201728. November 2017Author PacificCategories China, Djibouti, France, Newsflash The Islands Society can confirm that a foreign military officer has revealed tha...

The Official Blog of Ambassador David Shinn Features Islands Society Articles. URL = www.islandssociety.org/2017/11/24/t...
11/27/2017
The Official Blog of Ambassador David Shinn Features Articles by Michael Edward Walsh – 11/24/17 – Islands Society

The Official Blog of Ambassador David Shinn Features Islands Society Articles. URL = www.islandssociety.org/2017/11/24/the-official-blog-of-ambassador-david-shinn-features-articles-by-michael-edward-walsh-11-24-17/

The Official Blog of Ambassador David Shinn Features Articles by Michael Edward Walsh – 11/24/17 Posted on 24. November 2017Author PacificCategories Coverage, Djibouti, Japan, Maritime Security, Michael Edward Walsh, Public Diplomacy, Somalia, United States On 24 November 2017, The Official Blog of…

#Coverage: Radio New Zealand Features 2016 #Pacific #Security Scholar. www.islandssociety.org/2016/05/13/radio-new-zeala...
11/27/2017
Radio New Zealand Features 2016 Pacific Security Scholar – 5/12/16 – Islands Society

#Coverage: Radio New Zealand Features 2016 #Pacific #Security Scholar. www.islandssociety.org/2016/05/13/radio-new-zealand-features-2016-pacific-security-scholar-51216/

Radio New Zealand Features 2016 Pacific Security Scholar – 5/12/16 Posted on 13. May 201613. May 2016Author PacificCategories Blog Post, Coverage, pss16 Today, Radio New Zealand featured an interview with our 2016 Pacific Security Scholar (Genevieve Neilson). READ ARTICLE Image Credit: Luigi Guarino...

#New #GIS Resource: Islands Society Launches Base Tracker for #UAE #Military Base in #Assab, #Eritrea. URL = www.islands...
11/27/2017
Islands Society Launches Base Tracker for UAE Military Base in Assab, Eritrea – 11/25/17 – Islands Society

#New #GIS Resource: Islands Society Launches Base Tracker for #UAE #Military Base in #Assab, #Eritrea. URL = www.islandssociety.org/2017/11/25/islands-society-launches-base-tracker-for-uae-military-base-in-assab-eritrea-11-25-17/

Islands Society Launches Base Tracker for UAE Military Base in Assab, Eritrea – 11/25/17 Posted on 25. November 201725. November 2017Author PacificCategories Eritrea, Press Release, United Arab Emirates Today, the Islands Society has launched a base tracker for overseas military base of the United A...

#New #GIS Resource: Islands Society Launches Base Tracker for #Chinese #PLA #Military Base in Doraleh, #Djibouti. URL = ...
11/27/2017
Islands Society Launches Base Tracker for Chinese Military Base in Doraleh, Djibouti – 11/25/17 – Islands Society

#New #GIS Resource: Islands Society Launches Base Tracker for #Chinese #PLA #Military Base in Doraleh, #Djibouti. URL = www.islandssociety.org/2017/11/25/islands-society-launches-base-tracker-for-chinese-military-base-in-doraleh-djibouti-11-25-17/

Islands Society Launches Base Tracker for Chinese Military Base in Doraleh, Djibouti – 11/25/17 Posted on 25. November 2017Author PacificCategories China, Djibouti, Press Release Today, the Islands Society has launched a base tracker for overseas military base of the People’s Republic of China in Do...

#New #GIS Resource: Islands Society Launches Base Tracker for #Turkey #Military Base in #Mogadishu, #Somalia. URL = www....
11/27/2017
Islands Society Launches Base Tracker for Turkish Military Base in Mogadishu, Somalia – 11/25/17 – Islands Society

#New #GIS Resource: Islands Society Launches Base Tracker for #Turkey #Military Base in #Mogadishu, #Somalia. URL = www.islandssociety.org/2017/11/25/islands-society-launches-base-tracker-for-turkish-military-base-in-mogadishu-somalia-11-25-17/

Islands Society Launches Base Tracker for Turkish Military Base in Mogadishu, Somalia – 11/25/17 Posted on 25. November 201725. November 2017Author PacificCategories Blog Post, Press Release, Turkey Today, the Islands Society launched a base tracker for overseas military base of the Republic of Turk...

#New #Essay #Competition for #Young Professionals with an Interest in #ForeignPolicy and #MarSec in #Africa: Islands Soc...
11/27/2017
Islands Society Launches Somaliland Essay Competition – 11/25/17 – Islands Society

#New #Essay #Competition for #Young Professionals with an Interest in #ForeignPolicy and #MarSec in #Africa: Islands Society Launches #Somaliland Essay Competition. URL = www.islandssociety.org/2017/11/25/somaliland-essay-competition-11-25-17/

Islands Society Launches Somaliland Essay Competition – 11/25/17 Posted on 25. November 201725. November 2017Author PacificCategories Press Release, Somalia The Islands Society is issuing an open call to young professionals to participate in its annual essay competition. This year, the nonprofit is…

#New Publication: Michael Edward Walsh reveals the Renewed Interest in a #MaritimeSecurity Facility Next to the #PLA Bas...
11/27/2017
Djibouti: Renewed Interest in Maritime Security Facility Next to Chinese Base | USC Center on Public Diplomacy

#New Publication: Michael Edward Walsh reveals the Renewed Interest in a #MaritimeSecurity Facility Next to the #PLA Base in #Djibouti. URL = www.uscpublicdiplomacy.org/blog/djibouti-renewed-interest-maritime-security-facility-next-chinese-base

The CPD Blog is intended to stimulate dialog among scholars and practitioners from around the world in the public diplomacy sphere. The opinions represented here are the authors' own and do not necessarily reflect CPD's views. For blogger guidelines, click here.

#New Publication: Michael Edward Walsh shares a Fieldnote on How #US #Military Officials View the #PLA Security Base in ...
11/27/2017
A Fieldnote on How U.S. Military Officials View the People’s Liberation Army Security Base in Djibouti | Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative

#New Publication: Michael Edward Walsh shares a Fieldnote on How #US #Military Officials View the #PLA Security Base in #Djibouti. URL = amti.csis.org/fieldnote-u-s-military-peoples-liberation-army-djibouti/

The Chinese military on August 1 formally opened its first overseas military base in Doraleh, Djibouti. According to the Chinese government, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) base in Djibouti will be used to support peacekeeping and humanitarian missions in Africa and the Middle East. However, ther...

#New Publication: Michael Edward Walsh analyzes the Expansion of the #Japan #JSDF Base in #Djibouti. URL = www.islandsso...
11/27/2017
The Expansion of the Japan Self-Defense Force Base in Djibouti – Michael Edward Walsh – Islands Society

#New Publication: Michael Edward Walsh analyzes the Expansion of the #Japan #JSDF Base in #Djibouti. URL = www.islandssociety.org/2017/11/23/the-future-expansion-of-the-japan-self-defense-force-base-in-djibouti-michael-edward-walsh/

The Expansion of the Japan Self-Defense Force Base in Djibouti – Michael Edward Walsh Posted on 23. November 201723. November 2017Author PacificCategories Articles, Blog Post, China, CSIS, Defense, Djibouti, Foreign Policy, Japan, Michael Edward Walsh, United States Last year, Japanese officials rev...

Upon request, we have now added a page entitled, "Newsletters." For now, it will be a single page with a comprehensive l...
12/16/2016
Newsletters – Islands Society

Upon request, we have now added a page entitled, "Newsletters." For now, it will be a single page with a comprehensive lists of every #newsletter distributed by the Islands Society and its various constituent societies (e.g., Pacific Islands Society, Sea Islands Society, etc.).

Upon request, we have now added a new page entitled, "Our Reach." For now, we will update it annually with the latest web #analytics reports. Over time, we will expand it to include in-person reports. ...

Upon request, we have now added a new page entitled, "Our Reach." For now, we will update it annually with the latest we...
12/16/2016
Our Reach – Islands Society

Upon request, we have now added a new page entitled, "Our Reach." For now, we will update it annually with the latest web #analytics reports. Over time, we will expand it to include in-person reports.

With the new year almost upon us, we sent out our annual #newsletter earlier today. If you did not receive it in your inbox, please find a link to it below. #Mahalo for all of your support in 2016. It was a banner year for our #nonprofit! ...

With the new year almost upon us, we sent out our annual #newsletter earlier today. If you did not receive it in your in...
12/16/2016
Year In Review: Islands Society Check out what we've been up to this year

With the new year almost upon us, we sent out our annual #newsletter earlier today. If you did not receive it in your inbox, please find a link to it below. #Mahalo for all of your support in 2016. It was a banner year for our #nonprofit!

Islands: At the Forefront of Baltic Security in the 21st Century In 2016, our top article examined the importance of forging a common identity across the Baltic Sea region.

Organizational Update: What can a #nonprofit do with $650? In 2016, we provided minorities, #women, #veterans, and young...
12/15/2016
FY2016 Web Analytics Report - Islands Society

Organizational Update: What can a #nonprofit do with $650? In 2016, we provided minorities, #women, #veterans, and young leaders in island communities with a platform to share their perspectives with over 66,000 policy specialists in 220 countries. Top 5 countries include: #UnitedStates, #Lithuania, #India, #Philippines, and #Guam. Top 5 cities include #Vilnius, #Riga, #Kaunas, #Tamuning, and #QuezonCity. Top 3 articles include: "Islands at Forefront of #Baltic #Security," "Islanders of #African Great Lakes Should Embrace #Identity," and "Tsai #Ingwen: Did You Know that #Taiwan is a ‘Country’ in #SouthCarolina?"

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•Northern Europe (23%) •Southern Asia (15%) •Northern America (14%) •Southeast Asia (9%) •Micronesian Region (6%)

Pacific Islands Society
12/09/2016
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Pacific Islands Society

Quarterly #Pacific Islands Society Newsletter Live: Feature #News Posts include US #Army Officer Winning #Lowcountry Essay Competition, #Hawaii #Nonprofit #CEO Addressing Challenges Facing #NGOs on Outer Islands, and #Singapore #Ambassador on Relations with Member States of Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat.

Congratulations to Major Brent Thompson of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)!
12/05/2016
Pacific Islands Society

Congratulations to Major Brent Thompson of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)!

Today, the Islands Society announced that an essay by Major Brent Thompson has been selected as the top submission to this year’s “Lowcountry in the Asian Century Essay Contest.”

Entitled “Leveraging the Lowcountry Veteran and Military Community in the Pivot to Asia,” the first prize essay is now featured on the Society’s official blog, The Islander, alongside commentary from senior thought leaders on foreign policy and insular affairs.

In his essay, Major Thompson notes, “South Carolina is home to eight major military installations with over 74,000 personnel and nearly 58,000 military retirees, many of whom reside in the Lowcountry.” He then argues, “By establishing relationships with its military personnel and veterans, the Lowcountry can leverage a powerful diaspora of service members with Lowcountry ties as they live and work across Asia and the Pacific Islands. These future leaders can enable the Lowcountry to maximize its influence in the Asian shift.”

Earlier this year, the Islands Society issued an open call to young professionals to respond to the following question: “How can we position the Lowcountry to take advantage of the U.S. pivot toward Asia?” Through this essay competition, the Islands Society challenged young professionals to consider the issues and come to their own determinations about what the future holds for our region. They were then asked to draft an essay that provides practical recommendations of how we can best position the region to take advantage of the Asian century.

With America’s future directed toward the Asia-Pacific, the competition forced young professionals to consider the potential impact of the U.S. pivot to Asia on the Lowcountry. On one hand, the region is at a clear geographic disadvantage when it comes to participating in the Asian Century. On the other hand, the pivot might provide new opportunities to transform the local economy and bring about greater prosperity for the region.

“We are excited to be able to provide a platform for the next generation of military leaders to share their perspectives on how local communities across the United States can leverage their military personnel and veterans to actively participate in the global shift toward the Asia-Pacific,” said Michael Edward Walsh, President of the Islands Society.

A military attorney stationed at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii, Major Thompson wrote this essay in his personal capacity. The views expressed are his own and do not necessarily represent the views of the Department of Defense or the United States Government.

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