ASC11-1 group photoHONOLULU – Eighty-one senior military and civilian government leaders from 34 countries and territories graduated June 10 from the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies “Executive Course:  Advanced Security Cooperation.”

Attending the regional security course were representatives from: Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Canada, China, Colombia, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Turkey, United States, and Vietnam. 

The six-week Executive 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.

“Fellows in the ASC 11-1 were committed, focused, and worked individually and together collectively at an unparalleled level in the recent history of the ASC course,’ explained Dr. Justin Nankivell, ASC Course Coordinator. ” The products produced, ranging from group research delving into contemporary security challenges in the Asia-Pacific, individual fellows projects targeting cooperative elements in their own organization, through to a thorough enactment of country roles and national interests in the 6-Party Talks Capstone Exercise, were of extremely high quality.

“The advanced level of understanding and knowledge generated for the entire class was a result primarily of the fellow’s commitment to success, and secondarily through the supporting foundations of the Asia-Pacific Center. When these two groups are synergetic, the results are not only sophisticated but underscore the need for security practitioners and security academics to interface and converse for the greater benefit of all.”

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, most from the U.S. and Asia-Pacific nations, participate in a 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 99 countries and four international organizations attend the courses at the Center for a total of 5,730 alumni.