Border Security and Control

Border Security and Control Measures used by a country or region to monitor or regulate its borders, particluarly in regards to the movement of many people, animals and goods across a border may be controlled by government Customs services.

New Marshall Center Scholar, Mr. Valentin Balan

Moldova alumnus from the PASS 2014 course, Mr. Valentin Balan, joined the Alumni MC Scholars Program to perform academic research at the Marshall Center on the topic “The Transnistria Conflict: Perspectives of Settlement and Developments in the Context of Regional Crisis " from 07 September to 09 October 2015. Academic Faculty support was provided by Dr. Pal Dunay.


Marshall Center Alumni in Greece Hold First Networking Event in Athens in Conjunction With GCMC Seminar on Border Security



On 24 September in Athens, Greece, the Marshall Center and U.S. Embassy partnered to host a networking reception at the residence of the U.S. Defense Attache in conjunction with a three-day Marshall Center Seminar on Border Security.  Over seventy alumni and guests were welcomed by CAPT Robert Palm, U.S. Navy, and Mr. Dean Dwigans, Marshall Center Director of Alumni Programs, who emphasized the value of the alumni network, the future of Marshall Center programs and support for additional alumni networking events in Greece on important security topics.


North Korea is the major threat to peace in NE Asia


US Pac Fleet Cmdr Admiral Harry B. Harris Jr said DPRK is the major threat to peace in NE Asia and he welcomed China's joining the U.S. and 23 other nations in upcoming RimPac exercises: "We welcome Chinese participation, and we welcome quite frankly the growth of China as a military power in the Pacific. There is nothing wrong with that," he said.



Maritime Sovereignty in the East and South China Seas


See link below for good discussion this week (January 14, 2014) on the rebalance  to Asia policy and disputes in the East and South China.  Repeated calls for US to ratify UNCLOS and institutionalize codes of maritime conduct.




Six party talks


Russia and China are now harvesting the bitter fruit of their policy of resisting U.S.-led pressure on the DPRK and instead offering it inducements to return to the Six-Party Talks, and the region is entering a period of increased regional tensions as a consequence of this failed approach. 


The Nexus Between Public Diplomacy and Military Diplomacy in Foreign Affairs and Defense Policy

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