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08/10/2005 | Center for Hemisphere Defense Studies Hosts Weeklong Security Seminar for Regional Diplomats

Martin Edwin Andersen

The Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies (CHDS) today announced the conclusion of a highly-successful week-long seminar for Washington-based Latin American, Caribbean and Canadian civilian foreign service personnel and military attachés with present or future political-military responsibilities.

 

The Washington Diplomatic Seminar, held October 3-7, is a key component of the Center’s mission of promoting greater understanding by key civilian personnel from around the Hemisphere about national security and defense issues. The event focused on subjects ranging from the security and defense environment and policy and strategy, to civil-military relations and control and oversight of armed forces in a democracy.

“This year’s seminar was the largest ever, with more than 50 participants from 22 countries,” said Dr. Richard Downie, CHDS director. “We were very pleased by the fact that leading our discussions on issues such as inter-agency coordination and the defense analysis framework were senior U.S. government officials with vast practical and well as theoretical knowledge of those and other subjects.”

Featured speakers included Douglas J. Feith, former undersecretary of defense for policy; Roger Pardo Maurer IV, deputy assistant secretary of defense for Western Hemisphere Affairs; Daniel W. Fisk, deputy assistant secretary in the State Department’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, and Ambassador Cresencio Arcos, international affairs director of the Department of Homeland Security.

Downie pointed out that the Washington seminar offered participants insights into complex security and defense sector issues, as well as those concerning how the U.S. plans and coordinates its security and defense policies toward the Western Hemisphere region. U.S. policymakers also addressed questions regarding the Administration’s specific policy positions. 

”CHDS is particularly gratified for the high-level of interest shown by some two dozen diplomatic missions in Washington in sharing perspectives about issues of concern not only in the region, but around the world,” Downie said. “We look forward to holding our ninth seminar next year, and look forward to keeping in touch with our attendees as they go on to other responsibilities within their respective governments.”

Among the attendees were senior embassy personnel from the region, including military attachés, representatives of the Organization of American States, and designees from the Inter-American Defense Board. Military participants were at the lieutenant colonel/commander level or higher.

CHDS, affiliated with the National Defense University, offers a variety of courses, seminars, conferences, workshops and research products in addition to the diplomatic seminar. Its curriculum includes strategy and defense policy, defense planning and resource management, interagency coordination and counterterrorism, defense planning and force transformation, and advanced policymaking and legislative leader seminars.

Civilians representing governments in the region as well as non-government organizations make up about three-fourths of those attending CHDS courses, with the other 25 percent consisting of uniformed military and police officers.

 

Offnews.info (Argentina)

 



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