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The five-week Comprehensive Security Cooperation (CSC) course fosters critical thinking as it exposes mid-career security practitioners from governments and other influential agencies from all over the Indo-Pacific to a diverse array of regional beliefs and perspectives. The term ‘comprehensive security’ goes beyond military defense to include the need to take into account other aspects vital to national stability, such as environmental, social, communication, and energy security. These, often transboundary issues, require cooperation with other countries, even those that are not partners. Comprehensive security emphases confidence building through preventive diplomacy, inclusion, critical infrastructure and economic security to enhance overall stability. CSC is especially useful for those working in complex security environments dealing with geopolitical powers, crises, violent extremism, and transnational maritime threats. In supportive surroundings, Fellows assess their security environments, identify threats, investigate security disruptors, and probe governance challenges as they work together to build relationships and mutual understanding, and identify resilient solutions that improve national and regional security. They apply this knowledge to action-oriented projects that strive to achieve real organizational and even national outcomes. Throughout this educationally empowering, comprehensive security program, capacity is developed in security practitioners to support the ideals of rules-based international order, and a free and open Indo-Pacific, with the expectation that we all identify how best to contribute to regional security.

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