The Ke Kumu Podcast 1: Dr. Alexander Vuving on Conflicts in the South China Sea

The public affairs office of the Daniel K. Inouye Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies invites you to embark on an exciting journey of exploration, education, and empowerment with the Ke Kumu podcast.

The first guest, Dr. Alexander L. Vuving, came to the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in 2008 from Tulane University, where he taught courses on International Relations, International Security, China and the World, and a field seminar in International Politics.

Prior to Tulane, Dr. Vuving was a Post-doctoral Fellow and an Associate of Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government. He was also a Visiting Research Fellow at the Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore. Dr. Vuving spent his formative years in Vietnam, Hungary, France, and Germany during times of dramatic changes—the wars in Indochina, the collapse of communism, and the European unification. These events have helped shape much of his professional curiosity. Dr. Vuving’s research interests focus on the Evolution of Power Politics, including great power competition and the grand strategies of major powers; Soft Power, including its nature, mechanisms, and sources; and the longer History of Human Power, including its physical and biological roots, its coercive, structural, transactional, and attractive ways, and its game-changers—the state and the scientific revolution.

The podcast’s name "Ke Kumu" holds a significant meaning as it translates in Hawaiian to "the teacher" or "why." The podcast embodies the spirit of this name by serving as a platform that delves into the "whys" of Indo-Pacific security dynamics while seeking to promote collaboration between security practitioners in the region.



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