Thirty-eight Fellows completed the Senior Executive Asia-Pacific Orientation Course (SEAPOC) 14-2 at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies Oct. 9.
The course is comprised of senior military members and civilians serving in security-related positions, to include diplomatic or defense roles. The October iteration featured Fellows from the United States, Canada, Taiwan and South Korea; all took part in a mixture of plenary lectures and electives focused on major issues impacting the regional and global security environment.
Among SEAPOC’s six lecture titles were “Socio-Economic Dynamics in the Asia-Pacific,” and “Major Powers in an Emerging Asia.” Fellows chose from 17 electives with topics, such as “Myanmar’s Transition,” “Japan’s Response to the Rise of China,” and “Water Security.”
Four seminar sessions enabled Fellows to clarify and build on topics in an informal, highly interactive environment.
U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Joaquin Cruz appreciated the insight gained in electives on China, India and Myanmar. “It was valuable understanding the history, culture and relationships for each of these countries that drive their policies and strategies.” Cruz is senior enlisted advisor for Special Operations Command, Pacific.
SEAPOC is a highly-intensive course, compressed into three days to accommodate participants’ time demands and existing knowledge base.
Dr. Alex Vuving, APCSS professor and course manager, said, “SEAPOC’s intent is to strengthen participants’ knowledge of a highly interconnected, dynamic region. We expect Fellows to gain insights into regional perspectives, strengthen their skills related to international collaboration and strategic communication, and explore opportunities for cooperation.”
On Day 3, participants teamed with Fellows attending the in-session Advanced Security Cooperation Course (ASC) 14-3 to discuss major regional powers, and their current and future policy impacts. The course’s senior-level Fellows exchanged security perspectives with 109 ASC Fellows from 34 nations and territories.
SEAPOC is one of six formal courses at the 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, the Center has had more than 9,000 alumni representing over 122 countries and territories attend APCSS courses and workshops.