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Military personnel at UCSD preparing for future deployments

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LA JOLLA (CNS) - More than 100 senior officers and enlisted military personnel from Camp Pendleton are scheduled to attend a daylong briefing Monday at UC San Diego to prepare for upcoming deployments.

The event, put on by UCSD's School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, will be led by UCSD professors, and experts from the Naval Postgraduate School, RAND Corp. and other organizations.

The officers of the 1st Battalion, 4th Marines will learn about geopolitical, policy, economic, and cultural issues in Jordan, Syria, Egypt and Somalia, along with the rivalry between India and Pakistan and emerging threats. UCSD has conducted sessions like this since 2006.

"Our school's history of conducting pre-deployment briefings is part of our ongoing commitment to providing a first-rate education to active duty military personnel and veterans," said Peter Cowhey, IR/PS dean and holder of the Qualcomm Endowed Chair in Communications and Technology Policy.

"IR/PS is dedicated to educating the next generation of international problem solvers and peacemakers through our research and teaching activities."

Many officers first introduced to IR/PS through its pre-deployment educational briefings have also enrolled in the school's graduate degree programs, such as the one-year executive master's program, the Master of Advanced Studies in International Affairs, according to UCSD.

Last week, President Barack Obama told Marines and sailors at Camp Pendleton that while the war in Afghanistan was winding down, threats to U.S. interests remained in other parts of the world.

The U.S. shuttered some of their embassies in the Middle East last week in response to what was believed to be credible threats of a terrorist plot. Yemen later announced that it broke up a plot to fire missiles at foreign embassies in that country.

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