Aloha! The Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (DKI APCSS) cordially invites you to join our panel of experts to discuss Indo-Pacific terrorism and special operations in the coronavirus era.
Dr. Zachary Abuza from the National War College, Colonel (Retired) David Maxwell from the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and Commander Alexander Bein from Special Operations Command – Pacific (SOCPAC) will explore current dynamics as well as future considerations for the region. See our panelist biographies below.
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DR. ZACHARY ABUZA
Professor, National War College
Dr. Zachary Abuza is a Professor at the National War College, in Washington, DC, where he focuses on Southeast Asian politics and security issues, including insurgencies, terrorism, governance and human rights, and maritime security. He is the author of five books, including Conspiracy of Silence: The Insurgency in Southern Thailand (2008), Political Islam and Violence in Indonesia(2006), Militant Islam in Southeast Asia (2003), and Renovating Politics in Contemporary Vietnam (2001). His latest book, Forging Peace in Southeast Asia: Insurgencies, Peace Processes, and Reconciliation, is a comparative analysis of the peace processes in Aceh, Mindanao, and southern Thailand (2016). In addition, he has authored four monographs on security issues in Southeast Asia, as well as a major survey on the media and civil society in Vietnam for the National Endowment for Democracy, a chapter in the acclaimed study, Leaving Terrorism Behind, and a study for the US Institute of Peace on the Philippine peace process. He is a frequent commentator in the press and has been a Congressional witness on three occasions.
DAVID S. MAXWELL
Colonel, US Army Special Forces (RET)
David S. Maxwell is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. He is a 30-year veteran of the US Army, retiring as a Special Forces Colonel. He served over 20 years in Asia, primarily in Korea, Japan, and the Philippines. Colonel Maxwell served on the United Nations Command / Combined Forces Command / United States Forces Korea CJ3 staff where he was a planner for UNC/CFC OPLAN 5027-98 and co-author of the original ROK JCS – UNC/CFC CONPLAN 5029-99. He later served as the Director of Plans, Policy, and Strategy and then Chief of Staff for the Special Operations Command Korea. He commanded the Joint Special Operations Task Force Philippines (JSOTF-P), served as the G3 for the United States Army Special Operations Command and culminated his service as a member of the military faculty at the National War College. Following retirement, he served as the Associate Director of the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Colonel Maxwell is a fellow at the Institute of Corean-American Studies, and on the Board of Directors of the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, the International Council of Korean Studies, the Council on Korean-US Security Studies, the Special Operations Research Association, the OSS Society, and the Small Wars Journal. He earned a B.A. in political science from Miami University, and an M.A. in Military Arts and Science from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and from the School of Advanced Military Studies, and an M.S. in National Security Studies from the National War College. Colonel Maxwell currently teaches Unconventional Warfare and Special Operations for Policy Makers and Strategists.
Commander, US Navy
Commander Alexander Bein received a B.S. in Oceanography from the United States Naval Academy in 2001 and a M.S. in Space Systems Operations from Naval Postgraduate School in 2008. He served on 5 ships before being assigned to his first SOF assignment, Special Operations Command Pacific in 2017. At SOCPAC he has served as a Counterterrorism Planner, supported the 2018 APCSS Countering Violent Extremist Organizations (CVEO) workshop in Manilla, and was the maritime syndicate lead for the bilateral CT talks with the Philippines in 2018 and 2019.