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Organized criminal networks in the Western Hemisphere and their ability to integrate domestic gangs and international terrorist syndicates pose a grave and multi-dimensional threat to regional stability. Many regional governments in the Western Hemisphere have become closely aligned with this crime-terror nexus, as well as with extra-regional state actors, namely China, Russia and Iran-offsetting US influence in the region.

This one-day seminar on security in the Western Hemisphere, sponsored by the Center for a Secure Free Society and co-hosted by the Daniel Morgan Academy, brings together panels of experts who will share insight and perspectives on the threats of these extra-regional actors, the pressing security challenges in the area, and suggest solutions to rethink and improve US standing in the region.

You and your guests are invited to this exclusive, invitation-only Western Hemisphere Security Forum seminar on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at the Daniel Morgan Academy in Washington, DC. There is no cost to attend.

If you haven't already RSVP'd that you will be attending, please do so by clicking on this link: RSVP


9:00 - 9:30 am: Welcome & Introduction

Welcome Remarks by Ambassador Joseph R. DeTrani, DMA President

9:30 - 10:15 am: Keynote Address

Ambassador Curt Winsor. Dr. Winsor is a former US Foreign Service Officer and served as US Ambassador to Costa Rica from 1983 to 1985. He holds a PhD in International Studies from American University.

10:15 - 10:30 am: Break

10:30 am - Noon: Regional Overview: Challenges & Opportunities
Mr. Joseph M. Humire, Executive Director, Center for a Secure Free Society (SFS) 
Mr. Douglas Farah, Senior Visiting Fellow, Center for Complex Operations, National Defense University
DMA moderator: Frank Fletcher

Noon - 1:00 pm: Lunch 

1:00 - 2:30 pm: The Influence of Extra-Regional Actors in the Western Hemisphere

Mr. Ilan Berman, Vice President, American Foreign Policy Council, will discuss Iran and Hezbollah
Dr. R. Evan Ellis, Research Professor, Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College, will discuss China and Russia
DMA moderator: Dr. Michael Sharnoff, Associate Professor of Middle East Studies and Director of the Regional Studies Program at Daniel Morgan Academy

2:30 - 3:00 pm: Break

3:00 - 4:30 pm: A New North America: Developing a Geopolitical Narrative
Mr. Roger Pardo-Maurer, former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Western Hemisphere Affairs (2001-2006)
Mr. Fernando Menéndez, Senior Fellow, Center for a Secure Free Society (SFS)

4:30 - 5:00 pm: Plenary Session

This session is open to all attendant speakers, who may each contribute prepared or ad-hoc material. The purpose will be a summation and distillation of the entire conference.

5:00 - 6:30 pm: Networking Reception

Daniel Morgan Academy
1620 L Street, NW
Seventh Floor
Washington, DC 20036
Near Farragut North and West Metro Stations

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