APCSS Director Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Dan Leaf and the Senior CCM 14-1 Fellow display their class pennant photo

APCSS Director Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Dan Leaf and the Senior CCM 14-1 Fellow display their class pennant at the conclusion of the commencement ceremony.

One hundred fellows representing 31 different nations and territories, and one international organization, graduated July 1 from the Comprehensive Crisis Management (CCM) Course 14-1 at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu. This diverse group of security practitioners was comprised of senior leaders and officials from across various military services, government ministries, law-enforcement agencies, foreign affairs, academic institutions, and other public sector branches.

The graduates of CCM 14-1 brought a wide variety of regional and global perspectives from experiences gained in their fields, while representing: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Chile, China, Colombia, India, Indonesia, Kiribati, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, Pakistan, Palau, Papua-New Guinea, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Samoa, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, the United States, the United Nations, and Vietnam.

The nearly five-week CCM course is intended to deepen attendees’ abilities to understand and deal with the multi-faceted, interdependent nature of both natural and man-made crises. The course focuses on actions to prevent routine emergencies from deteriorating into crisis, preparing for crises in ways that reduce their near-term impacts, and setting the conditions for cooperation and greater national resilience during future crises. In addition to this conceptual frame work, the CCM course addresses national level considerations in crises including economics, social inclusion, governance and legal issues, strategic communications and climate change. International considerations in humanitarian assistance, including cooperation with the United Nations and other international organizations, are also discussed.

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. The Center supports the U.S. Pacific Command by developing and sustaining relationships among security practitioners and national security establishments throughout the region. APCSS’ mission is to build capacities and communities of interest by educating, connecting and empowering security practitioners to advance Asia-Pacific security. It is one of the Department of Defense’s five regional security studies centers.

Since opening in 1995, the Center has had representatives from over 122 countries and territories attend APCSS courses and workshops, for a total of 8,682 alumni.

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