LT. GEN. CHUN In-Bum retired in July 2016 from the Army of the Republic of Korea (ROK), where he served as commander of the 27th Infantry Division and of the ROK’s Special Warfare Command. He also served as the deputy chief of staff for the ROK/U.S. Combined Forces Command and as the senior member of the United Nations Military Armistice Commission. He is a visiting fellow in foreign policy at the Center for East Asia Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution. Among his awards, Chun received the Hwa-Rang Combat Medal and the U.S. Bronze Star for his service in Iraq in 2005. His research focuses on national security, the Korean Peninsula, terrorism and Northeast Asia.  Featured on Page 14

DR. DAVID BREWSTER is a senior research fellow with the National Security College, Australian National University, where he specializes in maritime security in the Indian Ocean and the Indo-Pacific. He also holds appointments as a fellow with the Royal Australian Navy Sea Power Centre and a distinguished research fellow with the Australia India Institute, University of Melbourne. His latest book, India and China at Sea: Competition for Naval Dominance in the Indian Ocean, addresses Indian and Chinese perspectives about their roles in the Indian Ocean and their evolving naval strategies toward each other.  Featured on Page 24

GEN. PURMA CHANDRA THAPA is chief of the Army staff of the Nepalese Army. During his 36 years of military service, he has held numerous command and staff appointments, including master general of ordnance at the Army headquarters and commander of the Valley Division. He has also served the United Nations in a range of positions, from platoon commander of the Nepalese contingent in Lebanon in 1986 to head of mission and force commander of the U.N. Disengagement Observer Force in Golan Heights from January 2015 to February 2016. A highly decorated general officer, he is a graduate of Tribhuvan University in Nepal, majoring in humanities and social sciences, and he also earned a Master of Philosophy in defense and strategic studies from the University of Madras in India.  Featured on Page 42

LT. COL. ALEX CARTER is a an officer in the U. S. Army and a military fellow at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (DKI APCSS) in Honolulu, Hawaii. 

CAPT. DAMIAN FERNANDO is an officer in the Sri Lanka Navy with combat experience fighting the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) at sea. Both writers are 2017 graduates of the DKI APCSS Comprehensive Security Responses to Terrorism course. In this issue, they share counterterrorism strategies and tactics from Sri Lanka’s civil war.  Featured on Page 46