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APCSS Activities Report - June 2012 

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Transnational Security Cooperation


Twenty-seven senior military and civilian leaders completed the Transnational Security Cooperation Course 12-1 today at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies.  They included military and civilian leaders from

Afghanistan, Australia, Cambodia, Canada, China, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, United States and Vietnam, as well as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Read more at

Comprehensive Health Security Workshop

The Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, in collaboration with the Lao PDR Ministry of Health, conducted a security and health workshop focused on building an integrated, comprehensive strategy for regional security cooperation connected to disease outbreaks among the Lower Mekong Countries.


This multi-lateral four-day workshop was held in Vientiane, Lao PDR, in June. It included participants from Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Lao PDR.  Participants represented ministries such as public health, defense, agriculture, foreign trade and crisis management as well as regional and international organizations such as World Health Organization and USAID.

Advanced Security Cooperation

Eighty-nine senior military and civilian government leaders from 36 countries, territories, and one international organization graduated June 5 from the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies “Executive Course: Advanced Security Cooperation.”


The four-week Course focus is on building relationships among mid-career leaders and decision makers within the region and has over the years produced 2,783 alumni. Its curriculum emphasizes the non-war fighting aspects of security and international relations, and challenges Fellows to develop regional and transnational perspectives. Security is examined as a comprehensive mix of political, economic, social, military, diplomatic, information and ecological dimensions.  


Course Manager, Dr. Justin Nankivell, praised a successful first engagement with the Women, Peace, and Security initiative, an important topic that links a critical group of people with the new and expanding security domain of internal security.” Read More...


Follow this link to read more about the Women, Peace & Security" initiative.


The next Advanced security Cooperation Course will be held in September.

Faculty News & Publications

Dr. Rouben Azizian recently spoke at the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces about his views and insights into rise of the Asia-Pacific, and how development (rather than reform) of the security sector fits in. You can download his presentation at this link


Dr. Mohan Malik was recently invited to contribute to a blog run by the U.S. National Intelligence Council on its forthcoming report, Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds.  This major report will be released late this year and will assess key drivers of strategic change in the international system over coming decades.  His article 'The International Order in the Age of ‘China versus the Rest’ can be read online at this link


Dr. Jeffrey Hornung published an opinion piece entitled “Japan’s Sensible New Defense Chief” in the Diplomat June 16 and an article entitled “Lost chance for Tokyo-Seoul security relations” in The Japan Times June 18.


Note: The views expressed in these articles are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, U.S. Pacific Command, the U.S. Department of Defense, or the U.S. government.



Upcoming Workshops

Interagency Efforts to Counter Violent Extremism

July 9-13, 2012 in Hua Hin, Thailand

APCSS, in collaboration with Joint United States Military Assistance Group Thailand (JUSMAGTHAI) and the Royal Thai Armed Forces, will conduct a security workshop focused on the Thai interagency process as it relates to countering violent extremism. 


The Environment and Security in the Pacific Island Region: Priority, Risks, Challenges, and Actions for a Secure Future

Aug. 6-10, 2012 in Honolulu

This workshop’s goal is to develop a better understanding of the security risks posed by processes of environmental change in the Pacific Islands Region.  On the basis of this improved understanding, we hope to identify specific actions that may be taken to address such risks.  We aim at the conclusion of this workshop to have a set of recommendations that may assist the efforts of governments in the region, key regional organizations and other stakeholders, as they confront the diverse security challenges likely to emerge in the near future.


APCSS hosts a number of Communities of Interest on APCSSLink, also known as GlobalNet:

This communities are open to all APCSS Alumni. Please note you must be logged onto APCSSLink for these links to work properly.

In this issue:

Transnational Security Cooperation

Comprehensive Health Security Workshop

Advanced Security Cooperation

Faculty News & Publications

Upcoming Workshops

Alumni Associations



Asia-Pacific Orientation Course (APOC)July 30 - Aug. 3, 2012.  


Comprehensive Security Cooperation (CCM)

Aug. 16 - Sept. 18, 2012 


See Full Course Calendar


Recently, APCSS was pleased to host orientation visits by a number of distinguished visitors/groups including:



Amb. Frankie Reed, U.S. Ambassador to Fiji


Admiral Cecil Haney, Commander, US Pacific Fleet


VADM Michael Rogers, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command


Ms. Heidi Grant, Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force (International Affairs)


National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS)

Director's Vector

APCSS Director Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Dan Leaf has joined the blogosphere. You can read his blogs here.  


Previous Issues

You can find past issues of the APCSS Activities Report and the Military Construction newsletter online here.  


Copies are also posted on GlobalNet and APCSSLink.

Alumni Associations

APCSS currently has 55 Alumni Associations world-wide.



Am. Samoa










Comoros **

Cook Islands



Hong Kong












Marshall Is.






New Zealand



Papau New Guinea



Rep of Korea


Far East Russia


Solomon Is.

Sri Lanka









US (DC & Hawaii)

 To be chartered Brunei, Kenya and Mozambique  *Joint alumni association with the Africa Center ** Joint alumni association with the Marshall Center.

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