HONOLULU – This week 48 Fellows graduated from the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies course that values collaborative regional efforts at comprehensive crisis management. The Comprehensive Crisis Response Management: Preventing, Preparing, and Responding Course included senior military and civilian government leaders of 24 countries and one United States territory from (primarily) the Asia-Pacific region who attended the four-week course.

The countries and the territory represented at the course were American Samoa, Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Cook Island, India, Indonesia, Laos, Madagascar, Malaysia, Micronesia, Mongolia, Mozambique, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Tonga, the United States and Vietnam.

The CCM course takes a comprehensive approach to operations and activities. Course content focuses on three broad topic areas: (1) crisis assessments and condition-setting, (2) transitions across the prevent-prepare-respond cycle and (3) during- and post-crisis reconstruction. In addition to this conceptual framework, the CCM course also addresses CCM-task coalition building and operations, inter-agency coordination, stability trends analysis, preventive activities as well as international interventions, post-emergency reconstruction, transition shaping, and strategic communications. The course curriculum is generally divided into three major blocks: (1) framing the CCM problem, (2) elements of stability and, (3) making collaborative CCM operations work.

The Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies is a Department of Defense regional study, conference and research center. The center’s mission is to educate, connect, and empower security practitioners to advance Asia-Pacific security.
To date, the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies has had representatives from 72 countries and three international organizations attend the courses at the Center for a total of 3,853 alumni. The Center has also hosted or co-hosted conferences/seminars with over 7,200 participants.