Central America

Honduras Transnational Threats in the Northern Triangle

Perry Center Professors Boris Saavedra and Celina Realuyo conducted a Countering Transnational Threats in the Northern Triangle Seminar in collaboration with the Colegio de Defensa Nacional (Honduran National Defense College) in Tegucigalpa, Honduras on February 23, 2017.  The seminar...

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2016 Perry Award Recipients

On September 27, the Perry Center honored two institutions that have made significant and sustained contributions in security and defense education. The Technical Secretariat of the National Security Council of Guatemala and the Center for Defense Policy Studies, also of Guatemala, received...

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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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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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Costa Rican alumni network holds roundtable about human trafficking in San José

On March 1, 2017, members of the Perry Center’s Costa Rican alumni network and representatives of the National Coalition against Human Trafficking (CONATT) held a roundtable about security policy and human trafficking in San José, Costa Rica. The event was moderated by alumna Marjorie...

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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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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’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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CTOC 19-06 Graduation
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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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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Panama National Security Policy Workshop

At the request of the new Government of Panama, the Perry Center held a one-day national security policy workshop (NSPW) for 30 officials from the Ministry of Public Security on August 7, 2019 at the InterContinental Miramar Hotel, in Panama City, Panama. Vice Minister of Public Security...

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Perry Center and the Facultad de la Defensa Nacional of Argentina (FADENA) Deliver a Joint Seminar on Defense Futures and Policy Imperatives

In mid-November 2016, the Facultad de la Defensa Nacional (FADENA) of Argentina and the Perry Center delivered a first of a kind joint seminar entitled Futuros Inciertos y los Nuevos Imperativos de la Politica de Defensa (Uncertain Futures and New Defense Policy Imperatives). Held in Buenos...

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Perry Center Co-Hosts Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Seminar in Panama

February 5-7, 2020, the Perry Center co-hosted a three-day Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Seminar with the Panamanian Ministry of Public Security, the National Aeronaval Service of Panama, and the United States Embassy in Panama. Vice Minister of Public Security Ivor Pittí...

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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

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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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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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 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 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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