Russia’s Asia “Pivot” with Focus on Energy

     In this broadcast,“Asia-in- Review” Host Hong Jiang explores Russia’s recent foreign policy and geopolitical shifts into Asia followed by its fascinating energy moves into the Region with international business lawyer & professor,  David Day.

     The program starts with the recent Russian foreign policy moves into the Middle East after the U.S. Syria debacle, followed by the new Russian military arms sales to Egypt, and some discussion of Russia’s client nuclear state, Iran. The Russian geopolitical moves into Asia are next, as Hong Jiang discusses with Mr. Day, Putin’s recent trip to Vietnam, along with Russia’s  (1) Kilo class submarine sales to Vietnam,(2)  mutual defense pact, and then (3), new joint venture operations between Vietnam’s PetroVietnam and Russian energy companies for joint oil & gas exploration efforts in both the South China (“East Sea” in Vietnam) and the Artic Seas.

     Next, the conversation turns to the critical and fascinating energy “pivot” that Russia is now engaged in, shifting its focus from its former European gas and oil pipeline customers to new pipeline developments with Japan, South Korea, and yes, even North Korea.

     Russia’s foreign policy regarding The Korean Peninsula is also probed.

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CyberSecurity: Protecting the Essential Business

Amin Leiman U.S. nuclear powerplant cybersecurity consultant

Amin Leiman
U.S. nuclear powerplant cybersecurity consultant

In this fascinating and educational program, Mr. Amin Leiman, a cybersecurity consultant for nuclear power plants in the U.S. and formerly, the Director of IT Audit at Hawaiian Electric Industries, lays out the vulnerabilities of “essential” (e.g. banks, power plants, air traffic control, etc.)  businesses in the United States to cyber hacking. 

The show conversation moves from an examination of the vulnerabilities and risks to a discussion with David Day on how it is that the essential business conducts itself to protect against cyber attacks and espionage. The discussion includes interesting disclosures and tips how knowledgeable and even low-level employees are “socially hacked.”

The program concludes with an overview of the safety/preventative measures and how the most dangerous of our business enterprises, nuclear power plants, are actually protected.

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Afghanistan & Pakistan: Forgotten States in Crisis

 

     If you have not noticed, the Washington focus on the Middle East has moved from Libya to Egypt to Syria and now to Iran. There are, however, other countries that continue to struggle with seemly insurmountable challenges to their very existence as nation states—namely, Afghanistan and Pakistan. They are all but forgotten.

                     In this global broadcast, both on audio and video, David Day engages in an unusual and in-depth discussion with Dr. Abdul-Karim Khan, an expert that grew up in Peshawar, Pakistan. Dr. Khan has tremendous depth in the history, the politics, the Taliban, Al-Qaeda, and the challenges that both Afghanistan and Pakistan now face. He also discusses the background and makeup of the Syrian rebel army and the linkages and non-linkages between Afghanistan, Pakistan and the civil war in Syria.  

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American Eyes Inside North Korea’s Nuclear Facilities and Others

Nicole FinnemanFormerly, Korea Economic Institute, Washington, D.C.

Nicole Finneman
Formerly, Korea Economic Institute,
Washington, D.C

 

 

 

Hosted by David Day, this television program aired statewide in Hawaii and features, as its special guest, Ms. Nicole Finneman, formerly with the Korea Economic Institute in Washington, D.C.  Ms. Finneman, an American eyewitness inside North Korea’s Yongbyon nuclear facility and other fascinating facilities and locations throughout the country, talks about those experiences.

The conversation turns from the Yongbyon visit to the potential business and commerce development in North Korea and references American firms now lining up to do business in North Korea in the future, including the Korean-American-owned, Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (a private university).

Ms. Finneman talks about her visits to various commercial enterprises, the Koryolink mobile phone explosion in the country, and the market/commercial developments within the country. (Koryolink, a joint venture between the Egyptian company Orascom Telecom Holdings and the state-owned Korea Post and Telecommunications Corporation, is North Korea’s only 3G mobile operator.)

Nicole also discusses  her visit to the digital libraries at Kim Il Sung University and their remarkable high tech facilities which many universities in the U.S. currently do not have…but only connected to an intranet–no internet.

Finally, Ms. Finneman and David Day talk about the infrastructure for commerce and foreign investment that is now being put into place in North Korea and her crystal-ball view of the potential for change in that country.

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Eastern Europe & Stability on the Korean Peninsula

A provocative discussion on North Korea’s relationship with the former Soviet Eastern-Block countries and their impact upon the stability on the Korean Peninsula. This interesting conversation examines the diplomatic history, the current ongoing trade and aid relationships, and examines the soft power that these Eastern European nations now have with North Korea and how that soft power might be utilized to assist North Korea to navigate a path of economic reform.

This program also proves the viewer with an unusual glimpse of recent European private sector company investments in North Korea.

This television show , aired statewide in Hawaii, features as its special guest, Petra Dunne, a Kelly Fellow at Pacific Forum CSIS and a former member of the Czech Republic delegation to the UN. The show is hosted by David Day.

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Afghanistan: Where Are We Going? What are the Implications for Asia?

 

 

John Hemmings in Afghanistan

           A fascinating discussion on the future of Afghanistan, its new “strategic partnership” with the United States, and the potential for implosion of the Karzai government. The conversation includes an examination of the current stake and future role that we are likely to see China and other Asian countries play in Afghanistan as well as a look at Afghanistan’s future resource development.

 

This television show, aired statewide in Hawaii, is hosted by international business lawyer David Day with a special guest recently returning from Afghanistan: Mr. John Hemmings, a WSD Handa Fellow at Pacific Forum CSIS, and formerly a defense security specialist with the distinguished Royal United Service Institute (RUSI) in the UK.

Over Kabul

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The Great Firewall of China

Asia in Review host David F. Day in a discussion with Dan Leuck of Ikayzo on the Great Firewall of China.

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