Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Leaders From 21 Nations Explore Transnational Security Cooperation at APCSS

Twenty-one senior Asia-Pacific military and civilian leaders from 21 nations completed the Transnational Security Cooperation course Aug. 14 at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS) in Honolulu.

The course is an intensive program that includes interactive seminar workshop scenarios, guest speakers, and discussions with senior U.S. Pacific Command officials. Curriculum emphasizes the impact of current and future changes in the region, as impacted by regional and global security threats.

Represented during the course were: Australia, Cambodia, China, Fiji, France, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, the United States, and Vietnam.

The Transnational Security Cooperation course takes place several times each year and serves as a forum for sharing perspectives on security challenges and building relationships. APCSS supports U.S. Pacific Command’s objective of developing professional and personal ties among national security establishments throughout the region.

With a non-operational mission, APCSS focuses on a multilateral and multi-dimensional approach to defining and addressing regional security issues and concerns. The most beneficial result is building relationships of trust and confidence among future leaders and decision-makers within the region.

Since opening in 1995, the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies has had representatives from 72 countries attend courses at the Center.

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