Contributors

DR. ALFRED OEHLERS joined the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in March 2007. He previously worked as an associate professor at Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand. He obtained his doctorate in political economy from the University of Sydney and holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in economics from Macquarie University, Australia. Specializing in the political economy of economic growth and development in the Indo-Pacific region, he has taught and written extensively on a range of issues, many connected with the rapid development of East and Southeast Asia as well as the Pacific islands region.  Featured on Page 10


CAPT. SUCHART KLAIKAEW enlisted in the Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion, Royal Thai Army, in 2012, finishing first in his class at Field Artillery Basic Officer School. He holds bachelor’s degrees from Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University (STOU) and Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy (CRMA), where he received the academy’s highest awards. He earned a master’s degree in energy engineering from Northeastern University in the United States, graduating summa cum laude under the Royal Thai Armed Forces Overseas Scholarship. He works as an instructor at CRMA and STOU and as a public affairs officer and interpreter for multinational military exercises in Thailand that aim to connect troops to the community.  Featured on Page 14


DR. JINGHAO ZHOU is an associate professor of Asian studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in New York. His research focuses on Chinese ideology, politics and religions, and U.S.-China relations. He has written dozens of journal and news articles and four books, including Chinese vs. Western Perspectives: Understanding Contemporary China and China’s Peaceful Rise in a Global Context: A Domestic Aspect of China’s Road Map to Democratization. He is working on a new book: Why Is the China Model Losing Its Power? Challenges and Opportunities of the Second Global Competition.   Featured on Page 18


CAPT. ROHAN JOSEPH is commanding officer of a Sri Lanka capital ship. He joined the Sri Lanka Navy in 1994 and graduated from Kotelawala Defence University. During his 26-year naval career, he has held key staff and command appointments and received many academic awards and service medals. He is the only Sri Lanka naval officer to be selected as the honor graduate in the U.S. Coast Guard’s International Maritime Officers Course and to win the U.S. Naval War College Robert E. Batemans’ International Essay Award. He holds a master’s degree in conflict and peace studies from the University of Colombo and postgraduate diplomas in security and strategic studies and diplomacy and world affairs.  Featured on Page 34


DR. INEZ MIYAMOTO joined the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in 2019. Previously, she was a special agent at the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), where she led cyber investigative teams responding to a variety of crimes and conducted strategic planning, risk analysis and compliance. She is an expert in cyber security, transnational crimes, supply chain security, resilience development and intellectual property rights. She is an FBI National Academy graduate and holds a Ph.D. in engineering management from George Washington University, among other degrees.  Featured on Page 48


CMDR. (RET.) DR. ARNAB DAS, a retired Indian Navy commander who served for more than two decades, is a researcher, maritime strategist and entrepreneur. He founded and is a director of the Maritime Research Centre in Pune, India, which is working on underwater domain awareness. He also runs Nirdhwani Technology Private Ltd., which provides consulting and other services for maritime security solutions and marine conservation support. Das has over 70 publications and a book to his credit. He earned his master’s and doctorate degrees from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi as a uniformed officer.   Featured on Page 52