College of Security Studies

Fellows in the College come from throughout the region and consist of senior military and government civilian equivalents in security-related positions.


Please note: Potential students are not allowed to register themselves into any course without the official endorsement/nomination from country’s ODC/Embassy or APCSS registrar.


Transnational Security Cooperation (TSC), for senior executives


TSC is an intensive, one-week program for current security sector leaders – both civilian and military — on the upward track for positions of significant national and international responsibility. The course will look at a comprehensive array of emergent and over-the-horizon issues such as: terrorism, environmental degradation, natural disasters, geopolitical competition, maritime disputes, cyber threats, civil-military dynamics, and regional governance. The course will also consider “harder” geo-strategic issues such as power shifts among nations as part of the context in which broader security concerns play out. Senior Fellows will interactively exercise strategic, cooperative responses to real-world transnational threat scenarios (e.g., a pandemic, human trafficking, or an earthquake). The program is based on the broad notion that regional security is significantly enhanced by collaborative efforts at monitoring, preventing, preparing for or responding to any transitional security threat.


Advanced Security Cooperation (ASC)


The Advanced Security Cooperation (ASC) course of five weeks is designed to inform mid-career and senior security practitioners from across the Asia-Pacific Region in-depth about this large, diverse and complex region, its many issues, and opportunities for cooperation. The course also seeks to enhance the capability of every participant-or Fellow-in the areas of critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and decision-making undertaken in complex and culturally-diverse environments. The overall aim is to enable ASC Fellows to comprehend the Asia-Pacific Region’s most compelling security problems-and to empower cooperative attempts to address these.

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Comprehensive Security Responses to Terrorism Course (CSRT)


This course provides CbT security practitioners in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as other designated countries around the world, the operational and strategic-level skills necessary to enhance their ability to understand and combat terrorism and transnational threats. Through faculty lectures, guest speaker presentations, real-world case studies, seminar discussions and tailored exercise scenarios, CSRT Fellows explore the nature of today’s terrorist threats, better appreciate the challenges associated with countering ideological support for terrorism and violent extremism, achieve a more common understanding of global and regional terrorism challenges, analyze tools and capabilities for combating terrorism and transnational threats in order to promote appropriate strategies. The CSRT course is designed to build relationships between and among the United States and current and future CbT practitioners of participating countries in order to develop trust, confidence and specific methods necessary for increased information sharing, reduction of obstacles to cooperation in the international collaborative effort against those who use terror to achieve goals. The curriculum focuses on the non-warfighting aspects of security and is divided as follows: Understanding; Framing and Assessing the Challenge; Formulating Responses to the Challenge; and Strategy Application. After leaving the Center, CSRT graduates are able to continue their collaborative efforts through IT/ET enabled portal connectivity.

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Comprehensive Crisis Management (CCM)


Natural disasters and humanitarian emergencies regularly create threatening challenges for domestic and international responders in Asia-Pacific nations. Large and complex crises require critical systems thinking and effective coordination over the event life cycle. Many ministries and society sectors may be involved, and when capacities are overwhelmed, international actors require effective coordination.

This annual five-week course emphasizes critical thinking skills as it explores preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery. Crisis capacity is promoted through a strong foundation in critical thinking, strategic assessment, leadership, communication, negotiation and future thinking. Course participants (Fellows) analyze problems, explore factors that shape effective crisis management and develop comprehensive strategies and approaches. The knowledge of seasoned Fellows with experience in crisis management is incorporated to provide national narratives and learning from the field.


Maritime Security Cooperation (MSC)


The four-week Maritime Security Cooperation (MSC) course is to advance the knowledge, skills and networks of maritime security policy advisors and practitioners from the Indo-Pacific region, thereby supporting efforts to promote a free and open region and protect the rules-based international order, with a particular emphasis on the maritime aspects of that region and order. The course will encourage the use of proven enablers for maritime security cooperation, including interagency collaboration and coordination mechanisms, risk management measures, crisis negotiations and communication channels, and dispute resolution methods. The course will also promote the development and employment of best practices, confidence-building measures, information sharing systems, and rules-based approaches to address maritime security challenges lawfully, effectively and efficiently.


Asia-Pacific Orientation Course (APOC)


The course provides an introduction to Asia-Pacific culture, politics, protocols and challenges, while addressing U.S. interests in the region. The curriculum is focused by day and examines: Day One) Regional Perspectives, Day Two) Treaty Alliance Partners & Security Challenges, Day Three) Key Regional Players & Security Challenges, Day Four) Regional Issues, and Day Five) Transnational Challenges. Attention is given to both historical and emerging issues. The course includes a rigorous program of lectures and interactive sessions, and three break-out seminar sessions.


For more information, contact the APCSS Program Recruiter at (808) 971-8951.


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