Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies expands partnerships

Within the past several weeks, 77 Fellows representing more than 25 countries have graduated from the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS) in Honolulu.

The most recent graduates completed either a three-week course in terrorism responses on Dec. 11, or a four-week course in comprehensive crisis management on Dec. 18.

Through its many programs of courses, conferences and research—in Hawaii and throughout Asia-Pacific—APCSS supports the Pacific Command objective of strengthening and expanding relationships with allies and partners.

The Comprehensive Security Responses to Terrorism Course included 29 participants from American Samoa, Australia, Bangladesh, China, Egypt, Guam, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Mozambique, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, the United States and Vietnam.

The countries and the territory represented at the Comprehensive Crisis Response Management: Preventing, Preparing and Responding Course, attended by 48, were American Samoa, Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Cook Island, India, Indonesia, Laos, Madagascar, Malaysia, Micronesia, Mongolia, Mozambique, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Tonga, the United States and Vietnam.

Since its opening in 1995, APCSS has had representatives from 72 countries and three international organizations attend the courses at the Center for a total of 3,853 alumni. The Center has also hosted or co-hosted conferences and seminars for more than 7,200 participants.

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