ASC10-Group PhotoHONOLULU – Eighty-one senior military and civilian government leaders from 39 countries and territories graduated June 16 from the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies “Executive Course:  Advanced Security Cooperation.”.

Attending the regional security course were representatives from: Afghanistan, American Samoa, Australia, Bhutan, Cambodia, Chile, China, Colombia, Egypt, Fiji, Guam, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Mongolia, Nauru, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Saipan, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tonga, United States, Vanuatu 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.

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 94 countries and four international organizations attend the courses at the Center for a total of 5,015 alumni.