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Know Your Region Series - #KYR

By The Cove October 22, 2021

Understanding the geopolitics of our world is fundamental to us as military professionals. While the Army training continuum prepares us for our roles it is not exhaustive and does not encompass the ever changing geopolitical environment. It is our responsibility as members of the Profession of Arms to keep across our ever-changing environment. The Directorate of Army Education is helping make that task of understanding the geopolitics of our region easier through a series of resources hosted on The Cove to assist commanders and leaders to prepare educational packages to improve cultural competence of our region across Army. In the upcoming months, The Cove will release five summaries on a consistent list of topics for each specific country. It is prepared as a collection of video, podcast, articles and web resources designed to give a range of understanding from overview to in-depth. References are open source and not peer-reviewed. They are a collection of what the Directorate of Army Education team deem to give you the most knowledge in the most succinct means possible. There are also questions available at the end of each article to easily enable commanders to arrange a collective discussion on the content provided. 

This page will act as your index so you can track the content as it builds throughout the year. 

**  NEW  **   Vietnam

Day 1 - Diplomacy

Day 2 - Information 

Day 3 - Military

Day 4 - Economy

Day 5 - Special Issue


Philippines - DiplomacyInformationMilitaryEconomyHot Topics

Fiji - DiplomacyInformationMilitaryEconomyThe Vuvale Partnership

The KoreasThe Korean Divide and the Korean WarDiplomacyInformationMilitaryEconomy 

JapanDiplomacyInformationMilitaryEconomyContemporary issues 

Papua New Guinea - DiplomacyInformationMilitaryEconomyHot Topics 

China - DiplomacyInformationMilitaryEconomyHot Topics 


FORCOMD Task Order 205/21 (DSN) provides additional direction and guidance to Formations and TCs on the need for cultural competence of our region across Army.

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The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of the Australian Army, the Department of Defence or the Australian Government.


This is an excellent initiative so thanks for the content and effort. Any future conflict/ competition within the region that involves Australia is certain to require interaction between the ADF and other regions military forces and other armed elements. This interaction and support to ADF will be critical to successfully strategic efforts. Many of us have worked with foreign forces and elements on either deployment or IE. The question I am posing is, 'Prior to engagement with a foreign counterpart, how did you plan for success? Did you plan the engagement from start to finish as thoroughly as you would an operation? " Over the past two years as a part of another aspect of Army capability I have looked at how to plan these engagements for success taking into account each regional cultures unique beliefs, perspectives (as best as possible within the limits of available research). I would be extremely keen to engage with interested parties. Influence and meaningful partnership within the region is likely to be among the most important strategic effect we can achieve in the next few years it should not be left to chance and an adhoc approach.

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