Latin America

2016 William J. Perry Award for Excellence in Security and Defense Education: Individual Category

On Thursday, January 12, Perry Center Director Mark Wilkins presented the 2016 William J. Perry Award for Excellence in Security and Defense Education to Ambassador Luigi Einaudi during a ceremony in Lincoln Hall Auditorium. Mr. Wilkins opened the ceremony by welcoming Ambassador Einaudi’s...

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2019 Call for Nominations - The William J. Perry Award for Excellence in Security and Defense Education

April 17, 2019 Every year, the Perry Center recognizes individuals who and organizations that have made significant and sustained contributions advancing mutually supportive approaches to security, fostering transparent and capable defense and security governance institutions, and...

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Alumni Reunion and Academic Exchanges in Peru

A Perry Center team visited Peru the week of November 11, 2019, for a series of academic engagements with institutional partners and the growing alumni community in Lima. Over the course of the week, professors Celina Realuyo and Boris Saavedra along with Kara O’Ryan from the Educational...

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Argentina's Vice-Minister of Defense Visits the Perry Center

On Friday, September 6, 2019, Argentine Vice Minister of Defense Her Excellency Paola Di Chiaro visited the William J Perry Center accompanied by fellow Argentine representatives Marianela Marzi, National Director of Strategic Military Intelligence, Mauricio Colucci, Deputy Director of...

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Call for Nominations 2017 / Convocatoria de Candidaturas 2017

The William J. Perry Award for Excellence in Security and Defense Education [Click here to download brochure] Click to download the brochure (.PDF) Every year, the Perry Center recognizes individuals who and organizations that have made significant and sustained contributions...

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DASD Sergio de la Peña Addresses Perry Center Alumni in Panama

Over 100 Perry Center alumni, Panamanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs officials, University of Panama and Florida State University faculty and students, and members of the diplomatic community gathered on Monday, February 3rd at the University of Panama for a Perry Center alumni event...

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DIILS COMPLETES MEXICAN SERIES ON ORAL TRIAL ADVOCACY

Military Judge training seminar. The law requires Mexico to transition their inquisitorial criminal justice system to an oral advocacy justice system by 2016.  A few Mexican states (Chihuahua, Nuevo Laredo, Morelos, etc.) have already switched to an adversarial/oral model, but...

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DIILS TEAM TRAVELS TO MEXICO CITY TO CONDUCT SEMINAR ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE LAW OF ARMED CONFLICT

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DPCT Comes to a Close

On April 7, the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies celebrated the graduation of students enrolled in the 2017 Defense Policy and Complex Threats (DPCT) course. Attended by 31 civilian and military students from 13 countries across the Western Hemisphere, the course...

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DPCT Resident Phase Begins

On March 27, the Perry Center received 32 students for the first day of the two-week resident phase of the Defense Policy and Complex Threats (DPCT) course. DPCT students represent 13 different countries from throughout the Western Hemisphere and a range of backgrounds in the armed forces...

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Guatemala Alumni Association Organizes Cybersecurity Forum

On Tuesday, September 13, 2016 the Perry Center Alumni Association of Guatemala hosted a one-day Central American Cybersecurity and Cyberdefense Forum held at the Guatemalan Defense Ministry’s Conference Center. The forum was attended by 152 participants comprised of government officials,...

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Guatemala’s Command for Education of the Armed Forces (COSEDE) visits the Perry Center

On Monday, November 28, the Perry Center received a delegation from the Course of Superior Strategic Studies (CAEE) of the Command for Education of the Armed Forces of Guatemala (COSEDE). The delegation, led by Brigadier General Byron Gutierrez, COSEDE Commander, included 41 students....

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Hemispheric Forum and Release of the Book Beyond Convergence: World Without Order

On October 18, 2016, the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies and National Defense University’s Center for Complex Operations co-hosted a Hemispheric Forum and book release event for Beyond Convergence: World Without Order, a new publication from CCO Press. In panel...

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IAAFA Inter-American Air Forces Academy Visits the Perry Center

On Tuesday, November 15, students from the Inter-American Air Forces Academy (IAAFA) visited the Perry Center as a part of that institution’s two-day orientation visit to Washington, D.C., to enhance students’ understanding of governmental and international organizations. The delegation...

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Inter-American Air Forces Academy (IAAFA) Visits the Perry Center

On March 22, 2017, a 32-person delegation from the Inter-American Air Forces Academy (IAAFA) visited the Perry Center for an organizational briefing and academic exchange. Accompanied by IAAFA’s Superintendent, Chief Master Sergeant Heriberto Diaz, Jr., USAF, the delegation included...

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Marshall Center Educates Security Professionals to Counter International Illicit Threat Networks

By Christine June Public Affairs Office George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (March 8, 2019) – International illicit threat networks operate with the intent to cause great harm to people, resulting in mass causalities, said the...

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Minister of National Security of Trinidad & Tobago Visits the Perry Center

On April 5, 2016, the Honourable Edmund E. Dillon (Major General, Ret.), Minister of National Security of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, visited the Perry Center to discuss preparations for the upcoming Conference of Defense Ministers of the Americas (XII CDMA).  Minister Dillon...

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MSD 2019 Begins

June 03, 2019 Today, the 2019 Managing Security and Defense (MSD) Senior Executive Seminar opened at the Perry Center. MSD is a week-long senior executive seminar whose content is tailored in response to the policy priorities of both the Western Hemisphere Affairs and the Security...

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NESA-AFRICOM-WJPC "Trans-Regional Illicit Commons: Drugs, Guns and People Workshop"

The William J. Perry Center for Strategic Studies (WJPC) in partnership with the Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies and U.S. Africa Command (USAFRICOM) conducted a Trans-Regional Illicit Commons: Drugs, Guns and People Workshop from 19-21 July 2016 in Casablanca,...

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New Report on Central American Instability

July 14, 2016 Intelligence fusion centers may be the type of security apparatus that countries in the Northern Triangle need to combat organized crime according to Dr. Thomas Bruneau. In the most recent Perry Center Occasional Paper, Dr. Bruneau, a distinguished Professor Emeritus of...

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[Online] China's Digital Silk Road and Its Implications for Latin America

US Southern Command, in partnership with Florida International University, proudly this special presentation and discussion on China's digital Silk Road and its implications for Latin America. Due to current health concerns, this presentation and discussion will take place virtually....

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  Regional Insights
Regional Insights

One-on-One with U.S. Special Envoy Bernie Aronson By Pat Paterson and Anastasia Sendoun On June 1, 2016, U.S. Special Envoy to the Colombian Peace Accords, Mr. Bernie Aronson, visited the William J. Perry Center to share his insights into the negotiations between the Colombian government and...

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Contemporary Security and Defense Issues in the Caribbean
Contemporary Security and Defense Issues in the Caribbean

Un-Governed and Un-Governable Spaces: Threats to Democracy and National Security in Jamaica George Benson Preventing Violent Extremism in the Caribbean Francesca Caonero and Pernille Rasmussen Citizen Insecurity in Trinidad and Tobago and the Applicability of the Concept of the Mafia...

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El ALBA, los Asuntos Militares y la Seguridad Regional

En América Latina, hasta el año 2015 estaba vigente un hondo debate académico y político, respecto de la fractura en dos de la región. Un bloque que colinda con el Atlántico, representado por Brasil, Argentina y Venezuela, desconfiaba de la globalización, otorgaba al Estado un papel de alta...

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From Tragedy to Success in Colombia: The Centrality of Effectiveness in Civil-Military Relations

In the late 1990s, Colombia was considered by many to be a failed state due to endemic crime, pervasive violence, and nationwide terrorism that resulted in the displacement of the rural population and, due to rampant kidnapping, emigration abroad by professionals and the upper classes. During this...

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Mujeres, Paz, y Seguridad

Mujeres, Paz y Seguridad es una iniciativa internacional que busca generar políticas y acciones que garanticen la participación de las mujeres en la resolución de conflictos, a la vez que protege sus derechos y su papel activo en los procesos de paz. El Consejo de Seguridad de las Organización de...

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Perry Center 2015 Annual Report

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Requirements for Military Effectiveness: Chile in Comparative Perspective

This paper utilizes a framework we have developed to analyze civil-military relations in terms of both democratic civilian control and effectiveness. As the achievement of effectiveness only makes sense in terms of the roles and missions actually implemented by the security forces in a country...

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Reviewing Land Border Dynamics in the Western Hemisphere

The land borders of Latin America have long been stereotyped as tierras de nadie or 'no-man’s lands,' generally located far away from political capitals and industrial centers and ripe for all types of contraband and illegal activities. In modern times, we see the tension between security actors...

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Tácticas Terroristas en Organizaciones Criminales: El Caso de México

Coches bomba que lanzan esquirlas en áreas urbanas repletas de gente y que son detonados en forma remota desde celulares. Cuerpos torturados con mensajes amenazadores dirigidos al público o al gobierno. Políticos acribillados a balazos por su trabajo. Estas escenas parecen evocar a Siria o...

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The Challenge of Sustaining US Influence in Latin America in the 21st Century

Influential international affairs author Robert Kaplan postulated during a recent speech in Washington DC that the contemporary effects of advanced technology and other factors of globalization does not change the world’s geography, "but has intensified it." Kaplan also noted the aftershocks of the...

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The Evolving Role of the Security Forces to Counter Transnational Organized Crime in the America

As transnational organized crime increasingly presents a national security threat throughout Latin America, governments must re-examine the roles and responsibilities of their security forces, both military and police, to ensure the welfare, security, prosperity and sovereignty of their countries....

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The Intent and Impact of US Sanctions on Cuba and Venezuela

National governments and international bodies like the United Nations (UN) and the European Union impose economic sanctions to force changes in behavior, whether that is through coercion, deterrence, punishment or shame to the countries, entities and individuals that endanger their interests or...

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The Rapid Evolution of the MS-13 in El Salvador and Honduras from Gang to Tier-One Threat to Central American and US Security Interests

The Mara Salvatrucha (MS 13) gang is now a tier one criminal, political, military and economic threat in the Northern Triangle. While it employs differing strategies from country to country, the organization nonetheless competes with – and often defeats – the state in important theaters of...

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The United States and Central America: From Stopping Communism to Stopping Kids

The Northern Triangle countries of Central America consisting of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras have the highest homicide rates in the world and are characterized by corruption, drug trafficking, and impunity. It is likely the 50,000 unaccompanied alien children attempting to cross into the...

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Women of the FARC

The landmark 2016 Colombian peace agreement mentions the word “mujer” (the Spanish word for woman) 197 times. In fact, this agreement was notable for the incorporation of a gender perspective in its negotiation agenda, in addition to ending a six-decade conflict that resulted in the deaths of more...

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