The Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies recently graduated 27 Fellows from the Transnational Security Course (TSC) 23-2, closing out the Center’s slate of course offerings for the 2023 calendar year.

From December 3-9, the senior leaders received lectures on crucial security issues in the Indo-Pacific region. DKI APCSS faculty shed light on topics such as the U.S. Indo-Pacific strategy, China’s Perspectives on the Indo-Pacific, Cybersecurity, Maritime Security, and modernizing partner and alliance relationships.

On Wednesday, the Fellows made an excursion to visit the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and met with USINDOPACOM Commander Admiral John Aquilino.

Ms. Chere Arthur

“I have appreciated the honest, open discussion on the varying topics this week. The wealth of knowledge and experience on security matters is invaluable. The DKI APCSS provides a fantastic platform to initiate and encourage these discussions, and Pacific Islands Countries should take full advantage,” said Ms. Chere Arthur, principal immigration officer, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration, Government of the Cook Islands.

The 27 Fellows came from Cambodia, Canada, Cook Islands, Fiji, Germany, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, New Zealand, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States, and Vietnam.

DKI APCSS offers TSC twice a year to senior security practitioners from the whole of government and society at the vice-minister, ambassador, and senior military officer (one- to four-star rank) level. It aims to enhance awareness of transnational security issues within the complex environments where they occur; explore collaborative policies to address transnational security challenges; identify opportunities to strengthen states’ capacities; promote effective and accountable security governance.