HONOLULU – Eighty-seven senior military and civilian government leaders from 34 countries and territories graduated December 10 from the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies “Executive Course:  Advanced Security Cooperation” .

Attending the regional security course were representatives from: Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Cameroon, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kiribati, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Micronesia, Mongolia, Nauru, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, 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.

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.