CSIS Hosts October Policy Forum
Japan-U.S. South Korea Civil-Military Disaster Preparedness Initiative
Center for Strategic and International Studies | 1 October | Washington, D.C.
Peace Winds America held a policy forum on October 1st in Washington, D.C. The event was hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and marked the last forum of the 2011-2012 Civil-Military Disaster Preparedness Initiative. PWA will draw on the forum as its holds concluding meetings in Japan and writes policy papers and end-of-program reports.
The forum raised many of the broad issues that have been at the heart of the Initiative: the role of humanitarian assistance and disaster response (HA/DR) within the context of the Japan-U.S. alliance, within the Asia Pacific region and within the current response framework, as well as policy recommendations, operational considerations and next steps. The role of HA/DR as a non-traditional security issue and a means of fostering collaboration, cooperation and information sharing among the U.S., Japan, the Republic of Korea, ASEAN and the regional host nations was a primary topic.
Consistent with the overall thrust of the Initiative, this forum saw representation from the major sectors that respond to disasters abroad: foreign and assistance agencies, militaries, NGOs and the private sector. Representatives from the U.S. Departments of State and Defense were present, along with several prominent international relief NGOs, think tanks and a global business. In the next month PWA will take its findings and policy recommendations to Japan, where it will hold a final round of meetings prior to the conclusion of the Initiative.