Introduction

All participants in DKI APCSS long courses complete a Project, a demonstration of expertise, in which they put their knowledge, skills and new learning into practice.

Fellows collaborate and network with peers, faculty and experts as they build relationships and mutual understanding.

The process of sharing perspectives on local, national, and regional security opportunities naturally strengthens collegial networks and conveys a deeper understanding of the ideals of rules-based order and a free and open Indo-Pacific.

Bringing their considerable experience to bear, fellows research their topic to become more situationally aware, analyze it to generate viable options, and employ critical thinking as they develop practical recommendations.

Objectives

  • Expand capacity for critical thinking
  • Practice querying, dialogue, cooperation, and connecting with key stakeholders
  • Hone inquiry skills for future work
  • Produce outcomes of real-world value

Choose your project

  • Insight Project: Fellows provide regional perspectives and recommendations on challenges of interest to U.S. policymakers.
  • Fellows Project: Fellows investigate their own challenges and develop action plans to drive security improvements in their agencies, countries, or regional institutions.
  • Cohort Project: Interagency groups, preselected by the country embassy and DKI APCSS work jointly to provide solutions for complex challenges
Example Insight topics include:
  1. What should regional architectures look like in 2030 to manage emerging issues?
  2. How are South China Sea tensions impacting the region and how can small/medium states and the U.S. improve regional maritime cooperation in the SCS?
  3. How is Russian and Chinese influence and economic presence impacting regional security and what can/should Indo-Pacific states and the U.S. do about it?
  4. How can Indo-Pacific states pursue a climate security agenda and what roles should be assumed by small, medium and large states?

Learning Process

Insight Projects Fellows Project Cohort Projects

Before Course

Attend DKI APCSS virtual meetings
Select a topic from list of options provided during the course Consult with your work supervisor before you arrive to determine a suitable topic for your project Government agencies select a topic and pick a team of 3-6 fellows to work on it with pre-arranged agreement of U.S. Embassy & DKI APCSS
Aim: Devise recommendations of interest to U.S. and Indo-Pacific policymakers Topic must be a security-related opportunity or challenge that is (a) well-known to you; (b) important to your workplace, organization, or state; (c) possible to resolve/improve; (e) non-classified; and (f) adequate resources exist.
Aim: Implement your project when you return to work to benefit your agency
During Course Individual or group study with presentations to other fellows Individual study with presentations to other fellows Group study with presentations to leadership.
After Course Fellows share outcomes with their agencies and APCSS follows-up with its stakeholders DKI APCSS continues to monitor as Fellows implement their plan and report on completion DKI APCSS continues to monitor as Fellows implement their plan and report on completion

* If your country wishes to send a team to work on a Cohort Project, inform the US Embassy, the DKI APCSS Recruiter (recruiter@apcss.com), and the ALP Program Lead (alp@apcss.dsca.mil).

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Mr. Krishna Bahadur Raut Receives the 2021 ‘Alumni of the Year’ award

DKI APCSS recognized Raut’s contributions as an alumnus who significantly improved the peace and security within his country of Nepal and in the Indo-Pacific Region.  Raut’s Fellows Project resulted in seven new provincial emergency operation centers. He drafted eight of the fifteen laws required to support the expansion of the EOCs. He also played an instrumental role in passing significant policies that included the Disaster Management Act, Risk Reduction Policy, and the National Strategic Action Plan.

Alumnus Dr. Novil Wijesekara speaks at the Comprehensive Security Cooperation 22-1

As part of his participation in CMC, Dr. Wijesekara began implementing a Fellows Project titled, “Build the Capacity of Religious Leaders to Prevent Violent Extremism in Sri Lanka through a Public Health Approach.” Due to the ongoing pandemic he was forced to redirect his efforts to produce a workshop titled, “COVID-19 and Beyond.” In partnership with DKI APCSS, he designed the workshop, recruited speakers and participants, served as a speaker, and co-hosted the event.  The workshop participants presented South Asia perspectives on COVID-19 prevention and mitigation. The participants shared best practices in responding to the pandemic and identified common challenges that the countries of South Asia were facing. 

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