CSRT12-1 Graduation Photo

APCSS Director Air Force Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Dan Leaf and senior fellow of CSRT 12-1 Deputy Inspector General Gurrpdesh Singh pose with the ceremonial class pennant at the conclusion of the graduation ceremony.

Eighty-one Fellows graduated today from the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies’ Comprehensive Security Responses to Terrorism (CSRT) Course in Honolulu.  The military and civilian participants who attended the four-week course came from 47 countries and territories, primarily throughout the Asia-Pacific region, as well as other far reaches of the globe.

Participating in the CSRT course were representatives from Afghanistan, Australia, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Belize, Brazil, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Djibouti, East Timor, Fiji, Finland, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Mozambique and Nepal.  They also came from Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, South Korea, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Swaziland, Tanzania, Thailand, Tonga, Turkey, United States, Vietnam and Yemen.

The Comprehensive Security Responses to Terrorism Course provides key states in the Asia-Pacific region and other designated countries, the operational and strategic-level skills necessary to enhance their ability to combat terrorism while cooperating with other regional nations.  It is also designed to build relation-ships between and among the United States and current and future counterterrorism practitioners of participating countries, develop the trust and confidence necessary for increased information sharing, and identify ways to reduce obstacles to cooperation in the international struggle against those who use terror to promote their goals.

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 96 countries, territories and international organization attend courses for a total of 5,639 alumni.