Thirty-two senior leaders from twenty-nine locations and two regional organizations participated in the Transnational Security Cooperation course (TSC 17-1) from May 21-26 at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (DKI APCSS).
The course is offered twice a year to senior security practitioners from the whole-of-government and society at the vice-minister to ambassador (one- to four-star) level. It aims to enhance awareness of transnational security issues within the complex environments they occur; explore collaborative policies to address transnational security challenges; identify opportunities to strengthen states’ capacities; and promote effective security governance.
TSC 17-1 examined the nexus between traditional and non-traditional elements of security to highlight the importance of a broader understanding of security. The ‘trinity’ of plenary lectures, elective presentations and a tabletop exercise kept senior leaders actively engaged in a shared learning experience during the course of the week.
“Senior Fellows were tasked with solving a transnational crisis featuring the involuntary movement of thousands of people by boat for safety to distant lands,” explained Dr. Saira Yamin, Course Manager. “The migration scenario was helpful in demonstrating the nature of complexity and the interconnections between state security and human security. In offering short-term responses to manage the crisis, senior leaders considered the challenges of humanitarian assistance in a context complicated by human trafficking, statelessness, prolonged displacement at sea, hunger, and disease. They also explored the underlying causes of the problem in generating long-term solutions in ways that would advance effective security sector governance in states of origin and to help strengthen the regional security architecture to manage the diffusion of insecurity beyond the borders of one state.”
TSC is one of six formal courses at DKI APCSS. The center is a Department of Defense institute that addresses regional and global security issues. Military and civilian representatives, most from the United States 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 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, more than 10,981 alumni representing over 132 countries and territories have attended DKI APCSS courses and workshops
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