HONOLULU – The Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies graduated its 30th “Executive Course” in Honolulu on November 21.  

Approximately 62 senior military and civilian government leaders from 29 countries throughout the Asia-Pacific region attended the six-week course to study regional security.

The Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies is a Department of Defense regional study, conference and research center.  The center’s mission is to provide a forum where current and future military and civilian leaders from Asia-Pacific nations gather to enhance security cooperation through executive education, professional exchange, and policy-relevant research.

Countries represented at the course were: American Samoa, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, Comoros, Fiji, Guam, India, Indonesia, Laos, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Palau, Peru, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tonga, United States, and Vietnam.

The Executive Course students discussed national policy, and how the economic, diplomatic, political, cultural and military elements of power affect stability and security of the region as a whole.  To date, the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies has had representatives from 45 countries attend the College and has hosted or co-hosted conferences/seminars with nearly 6,900 participants from 66 countries.