CAPS President & CEO
The Center for Asia Pacific Strategy is founded on the belief that in today’s global political landscape there is a genuine need for highly qualified and experience-based political insight that specializes in the Asia Pacific region.We provide leaders within governments, military and defense-related agencies, and businesses with current information and pragmatic policy recommendations that address present and future threats to security and stability across the Asia Pacific region.
An important component of our mission is to bring awareness to leaders and the general public about real-world defense and security issues pertaining to Asia Pacific nations. It is my belief that collective knowledge and situational awareness can play a prominent role in mitigating these security challenges. With dedicated cooperation at the global scale, holistic knowledge has the potential to impact international decisions and future actions in the Asia Pacific region.
As the founder and president of CAPS, my mission is to steer our group of internationally renowned experts and advisors to the front line of significant security and defense-related developments in the Asia Pacific region with the goal of being the leading source of cutting-edge analysis and assessment. While forward-thinking, our vision for a cooperative and constructive future is inherently connected to a deep and nuanced respect for social, political and historical circumstances of each nation in the Asia Pacific region, regardless of political, military or economic status.
The profound lessons I learned from my earlier service to the Korean Government and the United Nations Command are inexorably intertwined with the deep and permanent impact of the Korean War, not only on Korea but also on the allied and coalition powers that heeded the call for aid and support. This alliance exists even to this day, which is a lasting testament to the importance of global coalition and alliance in the fight for freedom and democracy.
While countries in the Asia Pacific region are commanding an increasingly stronger global presence, many of its nations face growing pains within their internal domestic and political systems. The need for the historical spirit of alliance and coalition and the strength of its support is as crucial now as it was in the past. This is the driving ethos of the Center for Asia Pacific Strategy – to support and promote the historic strength of alliance and coalition in the twenty-first century. My hope is that our collective effort will also evolve through generational changes in continual and increasing support of a strong and collaborative path to security for many years to come.