Retired Ambassador Lauren Kahea Moriarty plans to step down as Dean of Academics at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in August 2013, the Center announced today.  Located in Honolulu, the Center is a U.S. Department of Defense institution that provides executive education to security practitioners from around the Asia-Pacific region.

Moriarty, who will have served as Dean for three years, said she was pleased with the progress and direction of the Center.  “The Center is well-positioned to support the U.S. strategic re-balance to the Asia-Pacific,” said Moriarty.  With the direction of the Center assured, Moriarty decided that this was the time for her to explore new opportunities.

“Dean Moriarty has made great contributions to APCSS and our mission here in Hawaii; contributions which have had an impact throughout the Asia-Pacific region,” said APCSS Director Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Dan Leaf. “We’re sorry to see her go but really glad that she’s agreed to assist with the transition to whomever might be her successor. She will always be a valued and connected member of the APCSS Ohana”


The Center will launch a broad search for a new Dean of Academics in late February.


The Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies is a U.S. Department of Defense institute that addresses regional and global security issues. Military and civilian representatives, predominantly 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. More information is available at

 Since opening in 1995, APCSS has had representatives from 104 countries and territories, and four international organizations attend courses at the Center for a total of 7,255 alumni.