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April - June 1997 Inventory: Additions or Revisions

I. Multilateral - Nongovernment/Track II Meetings

  1. 2nd Asia-Pacific Regional Security Workshop
  2. 1997 Pacific Symposium
  3. Environmental Change and Regional Security Conference

II. Governmental/Track I Meetings

  1. 2nd Philippines-Australia Workshop on "Minimal Threat Defence Force Structuring."

I. Multilateral - Nongovernment/Track II Meetings

  1. 2nd Asia-Pacific Regional Security Workshop. Subic Bay, Philippines, April 15-19. Organized by the Asia Foundation and the National Defense College of the Philippines. Attended by 23 participants and observers (defence officials, military officers and academics) from Australia, Canada, China, Indonesia, Japan, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, ROK, Russia, Thailand and USA. Topics of discussion included evolution of the regional security environment; integrating DPRK into the regional community and proposed approaches to deterring weapons of mass destruction. This was a follow-up to the 1st Asia-Pacific Security Workshop held in Jakarta in October 1995 organized by Lemhanas (National Resilience Institute) and the Asia Foundation. Contact: Merliza Makinano, Office of Strategic and Special Studies - AFP, fax: 632-911-8131, e-mail: mmm@mailstation.net
  2. 1997 Pacific Symposium. Honolulu, Hawaii, April 28-29. Jointly organized by the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies and the National Defense University Institute for National Strategic Studies. 260 participants from Australia, Canada, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Philippines, ROK, Russia, Thailand, UK and USA. The Symposium concentrated on the utility and missions of military forces of the Asia-Pacific nations. The objective were to develop a military balance assessment of where Asia-Pacific military forces are today as well as where they are going tomorrow; to assess present and future force structure, with the resultant understanding of how the militaries of the region will interact with each other and the United States, and to describe some concepts for how to effect constructive engagement among Asia-Pacific defense ministries and forces. Conference publication is in progress. Contact: Barabra O'Neal, APCSS, fax: 1-808-971-8999, e-mail: baoneal0@hq.pacom.mil, web site: http://www.pacom.mil/apc/
  3. Environmental Change and Regional Security Conference. Honolulu, Hawaii, June 9-11. Jointly organized by the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, the Center for Strategic Leadership, US Army War College. 60 participants from Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Mongolia, Philippines, ROK, Singapore, Thailand, USA and Western Samoa. The purpose of the conference was to provide a forum in which national officials, academics and military officers could explore the security implications of environmental change within the region. Plenary sessions focused on topics such as A Framework for Think About Environmental Change in Asia; Environmental Challenges to Regional Stability and Conflict; Environment as a Catalyst for Asia-Pacific Cooperation; Defense Cooperation in Environmental Protection Issues. Conference publication is available. Contact: Barabra O'Neal, APCSS, fax: 1-808-971-8999, e-mail: baoneal0@hq.pacom.mil, web site: http://www.pacom.mil/apc/

II. Governmental/Track I Meetings

  1. 2nd Philippines-Australia Workshop on "Minimal Threat Defence Force Structuring." Darwin, Australia, May 13-18. Organized by the Australian Defence Studies Centre (ADSC) and the Office of Strategic and Special Studies, Armed Forces of the Philippines (OSS, APP) under the sponsorship of the Australian Defence Cooperation Program and University College, Australian Defence Force Academy. Attended by 29 defence officials, military officers and government officials from Australia and the Philippines. Topics of discussion included regional security perspective in the Asia Pacific; armed forces' roles and responsibilities; place of citizen soldiers in national security; nature of full time and part-time military service; force modernization programs; effects on the nation of full time or part-time reserves; future issues for Australia-Philippines relationships. Contact: Merliza Makinano, Office of Strategic and Special Studies - AFP, fax: 632-911-8131, e-mail: mmm@mailstation.net