UHD Criminal Justice Professor Discusses International Security at Pepperdine University
Dr. Hsiao-Ming Wang, a professor of criminal justice, made a presentation entitled "Taiwan and INTERPOL: A Note in the Context of International Security" in the Forum "Taiwan 2016: Democracy, Cross-Strait Tango, and US-Taiwan Relations" at Pepperdine University, Malibu, California on March 4.
This public affairs forum was co-sponsored by Pepperdine University and Taiwan Benevolent Association of America (ABAA). "I am serving as an advisor to the ABAA in the context of community service, but I've never thought I can tie my professional knowledge to the community service" said Dr. Wang.
INTERPOL is the world's largest international police organization with 190 member countries for preventing and fighting crime through enhanced cooperation and innovation on police and security matters. Taiwan was a member country of INTERPOL between 1961 and 1984.
"This exclusion creates a leakage in the context of international security in the post-9/11 era," Dr. Wang noted. "Taiwan cannot excess INTERPOL's I-24/7, a valuable database providing real-time information of wanted persons, stolen and lost travel documents, fingerprints and DNA profiles."
November 2, 2015, US House of Representatives passed H.R. 1853 to direct the President to develop a strategy to obtain observer status for Taiwan in the INTERPOL. This resolution has been referred to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.
"If Taiwan can really obtain observer status in the INTERPOL, then it will be less vulnerable to potential terrorist attacks and international security will be improved accordingly," Dr. Wang concluded.