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CHDS, ex-Defense Secretary, Others Co-Sponsor Conference on Cooperative Security Strategy for 21st Century Threats
On January 12, former Secretary of Defense William Perry, whose vision resulted in the creation of the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies, opened a seminal event at Stanford University about managing the global commons in the Pacific Rim, a conference co-sponsored by CHDS.
The three-day event, "Pacific Rim Security: Managing the Global Commons," focuses on the linkages between Asia and the Americas, and the challenges faced by more than half the world's population who live in the countries covered by three U.S. combatant commands: the Pacific Command (PACOM), the Northern Command (NORTHCOM), and the Southern Command (SOUTHCOM).
In prepared remarks presenting Dr. Perry, CHDS Director Richard D. Downie noted that the Center looked "forward to doing our part in contributing to mutual understanding of the
geographic expansion of the maritime domain in the Pacific Rim.
"Our deliberations this week reach into the chambers of the heart of our common security and prosperity," Downie added, pointing out that the co-sponsorship by Stanford's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, the Pacific Council on International Policy, and CHDS's sister regional center, the Asia Pacific Center for International Studies, provided a unique window on specific challenges and impacts on security and defense faced in the Pacific Rim.