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International Think Tank to Provide
Homeland Security Training for California Officials

By Barry Jagoda | November 6, 2006

The UCSD-based Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC) will train California government elected and appointed officials to prepare for any possible terrorist attack, or natural disaster, under a just announced $500,000 grant from the California State Office of Homeland Security.

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The program, called “Government Officials Training and Exercises in California Homeland Security,” is based on the need to prepare leaders and experts to manage the aftermath of manmade and natural disasters in California.  Seminars and exercises will be made available to local and regional public officials, particularly, mayors, city council members and members of county boards of supervisors.  In addition, online training and supporting materials will be provided as resources resource for all current and newly elected public officials in California.

In commenting on the new program, IGCC’s director, Susan Shirk, professor in UCSD’s Graduate School of International Affairs and Pacific Studies said “As the University of California’s international affairs training and research center, we are pleased to partner with the state to deepen and broaden capabilities of government executives and elected officials as they focus on their homeland security responsibilities,”

IGCC has conducted training programs on biological and nuclear threats for the past several years, so it is well-prepared for this new initiative. The institute serves the entire University of California system and specializes in training as well as innovative, rigorous research into the causes of international conflict and cooperation.

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