A course to introduce security practitioners to issues impacting the Asia-Pacific recently took place in Arlington, Va. The four-day Mobile Asia-Pacific Orientation course, held Nov. 18-21, gave 73 U.S. and international security practitioners the chance to discuss and share knowledge on political, military, environmental, and socio-economic issues and how they impact U.S. national interests. The itinerary included a rigorous program of lectures, interactive sessions, and break-out seminars.
The course conducted by the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, based in Honolulu, HI, was co-hosted with the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, a Department of Defense agency tasked to counter weapons of mass destruction. Attending MAPOC 14-2 were U.S., Canadian, New Zealand and Chilean participants assigned to 21 U.S. agencies.
Fellows underwent an intensive schedule of 11 lectures and eight elective options. Electives included “India-Pakistan relations,” “Public Health Security and Pandemic Preparedness,” and “Russia and Asia.” Among lecture topics were weapons of mass destruction, an overview of South Asia, and disputes over the Jammu and Kashmir regions.
Dave Shanahan, the College of Security Studies Deputy Dean, was APCSS Center Lead.
MAPOC is held once or twice each year and has been conducted in both Virginia and the state of Washington. This specific course is also notable for having the highest percentage of women attending an APCSS course at 37 percent. Last spring, APCSS published a guide on Women, Peace and Security committing to a goal of having each class be made up of at least 20 percent women.
For more information on the Mobile Asia-Pacific Orientation Course or course dates go to www.apcss.org
APOC is one of six formal courses at 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 the 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 9,100 alumni representing over 122 countries and territories have attended APCSS courses and workshops.