Contributors

SAROSH BANA is the executive editor of Business India in Mumbai, India. He writes extensively on defense and security, cyber security, space, energy, environment, foreign affairs, food and agriculture, shipping and ports, and urban and rural development. A Jefferson fellow of the East-West Center (EWC), Hawaii, he is treasurer/secretary on the Board of the EWC Association.  Featured on Page 28


DEBALINA GHOSHAL is a research fellow with the Center for Human Security Studies, a nonprofit think tank based in Hyderabad, India. Her work has been published across the Indo-Asia-Pacific and internationally. She completed a master’s degree in international studies from Stella Maris College in Chennai, India, and lives in Delhi. For this issue of FORUM, she writes about provocations on the Korean Peninsula.  Featured on Page 36


HERMAN FINLEY, an associate professor at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS), focuses on strategy and complexity, influence communication, Chinese military modernization, and the impact of the Information Age on comprehensive security. He retired from the U.S. Army in 1995 after serving almost 25 years. The final decade of his military career was spent as a China foreign area officer. He joined APCSS in 1996 and is now the lead for the center’s Information Integration Learning Laboratory. Featured on Page 46


SENIOR LT. COL RAYMOND ONG became head of the Information Fusion Centre in Singapore in September 2015. It is part of the Republic of Singapore Navy’s Comprehensive Maritime Awareness Group, Maritime Security Task Force. He joined the Navy in 1990. He is a recipient of the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Good Service Medal, SAF Long Service and Good Conduct Medals (10, 12, 15 and 20 Years), Commendation Medal and Command Appointment Award. He was also the top Navy graduate of the Singapore Command and Staff College (now known as the GKS Command and Staff College) in 2005.  Featured on Page 50


COMMODORE MIR ERSHAD ALI was commissioned into the Bangladesh Navy in July 1989 and has held a variety of command and staff appointments. He commanded five types of combat ships, including the flagship of the Bangladesh Navy, BNS Bangabandhu. Ershad is a United Nations peacekeeper who served in Côte d’Ivoire as a military observer. He received Bangladesh’s Navy Efficiency Medal and served as secretary of the Bangladesh Navy’s Indian Ocean Naval Symposium Secretariat.  Featured on Page 54