HONOLULU–   Seventy-two senior military and civilian government leaders from 35 countries graduated September 19 from the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies “Executive Course: Advanced Security Cooperation” in Honolulu, Hawaii. 

Attending the six-week regional security course were representatives from: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Colombia, Guam, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Laos, Lebanon, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Micronesia, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Palau, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkey, United States, Vanuatu, and Vietnam. 

The six-week Executive Course: Advanced Security Cooperation Course focus is on building relationships among mid-career leaders and decision makers within the region.  Its curriculum emphasizes the non-war fighting aspects of security and international relations, and challenges Fellows to develop regional and transnational perspectives.  Security is examined as a comprehensive mix of political, economic, social, military, diplomatic, information and ecological dimensions.

The Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies is a Department of Defense academic institute that addresses regional and global security issues.  Military and civilian representatives of the U.S. and Asia-Pacific nations participate in our comprehensive program of executive education, professional exchanges and outreach events, both in Hawaii and throughout the Asia-Pacific region. APCSS’ mission is to educate, connect, and empower security practitioners to advance Asia-Pacific security.

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 76 countries attend the courses at the Center for a total of 3,814 alumni.