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APCSS Dean Carleton Cramer provides opening remarks at the “Regional Security Governance and Architecture in the Pacific Islands Region: Priorities for a Resilient Future” workshop in Port Vila, Vanuatu.

On August 4 through 8, the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS), in partnership with the Pacific Institute of Public Policy (PIPP) and the U.S. Pacific Command, will host a workshop in Port Vila, Vanuatu titled “Regional Security Governance and Architecture in the Pacific Islands Region: Priorities for a Resilient Future.”

Security practitioners from 20 locations and 10 international organizations are expected to participate in this workshop, which will examine the effectiveness of regional security cooperation and the broader regional security architecture.

“This workshop provides a timely opportunity to engage the region following the recent review of the Pacific Plan, to discuss and prioritize areas where action and assistance may best be applied to enhance regional security governance and resiliency,” said U.S. Ambassador North.

The workshop’s intended outcomes include building a shared appreciation of key regional security challenges and priorities; an assessment of the effectiveness and identification of a range of improvements to the current regional security architecture; and, enhanced multinational and whole-of-government professional contacts focused on future collaboration.

The Asia-Pacific Center for Security Center‘s mission is to build capacities and communities of interest by educating, connecting and empowering security practitioners to advance Asia-Pacific security. APCSS is a U.S. Department of Defense institute that officially opened Sept. 4, 1995, in Honolulu, Hawaii. It provides a forum where current and future military and civilian leaders from Asia-Pacific nations gather to enhance Asia-Pacific security cooperation through programs of executive education. APCSS boasts thousands of alumni from the United States and the Pacific Islands region, including 110 from Papua New Guinea, 25 from Solomon Islands, and 29 from Vanuatu.

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