Center News

  • Aug 02, 2010
    On July 5-9, a Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies (CHDS) team facilitated a special staff team from the Guatemalan National Security Council in their evaluation of the country's National Security Policy and the development of a model for monitoring the implementation of that policy. As part of that process, the Guatemalan group identified...

  • Jul 30, 2010
    "More than 90 percent of the crimes committed in El Salvador are the work of gang members. Today, in order to be a member of one of these criminal groups, it’s necessary to commit at least one homicide, and in some cases, up to six." These were a few of the statements made by the country’s defense minister, Gen. David Munguía Payés, during his...

  • Jun 22, 2010
    From 24-28 May 2010, the CHDS team of Kevin Newmeyer, Evan Ellis, Guillermo Pacheco and Boris Saavedra conducted a NationLab exercise for students of Class 49 of the InterAmerican Defense College. The event was a role-playing exercise focused on strategy, negotiation, and the use of the instruments of the Inter-American system in responding to a...

  • May 27, 2010
    On May 21, the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies (CHDS) co-hosted a one-day conference with the Office of National Drug Control Policy, headed by Director R. Gil Kerlikowske, on “Countering Illicit Trafficking Activities in the Western Hemisphere: Possible Strategies and Lessons Learned.” The invitation-only event brought together US...

  • May 20, 2010
    During the week of 26-30 April 2010, the CHDS team of Mr. Kevin Newmeyer, Dr. David Spencer, and Dr. Evan Ellis traveled to San Salvador to conduct the exercise event “NationLab El Salvador 2010,” in conjunction with the CHDS partner institution in El Salvador, el Centro de Altos Estudios Estrategicos (CAEE). NationLab El Salvador 2010 was the...

  • Apr 23, 2010
    Professor Boris Saavedra, CHDS Assistant Professor of National Security Affairs, discussed the inroads that Iran and Russia are making into military programs in Latin America at an April 21 meeting of the American Legion National Defense Post 46 in Washington, DC. A retired Brigadier General of the Venezuelan Air Force and a combat pilot who has...

  • Apr 18, 2010
    The Caribbean Defense and Security Course (CDSC) course, the English-language flagship course of the Center of Hemispheric Defense Studies (CHDS), began April 15th in Washington, DC. The CDSC is the English version of the Spanish-language Strategy and Defense Policy (SDP) course and, together with its predecessor, Defense Planning and Resource...

  • Mar 29, 2010
    On March 17-18, the CHDS Exercise and Gaming team conducted a simulation-based exercise in Colorado Springs for more than forty visiting security and defense professionals from across Latin America. The purpose of the exercise was to provide a hands-on experience in international and interagency coordination in disaster response for students of...

  • Mar 09, 2010
    Rear Admiral (ret.) Juan Rodríguez Kelley, director of Peru’s "Strategic Leadership for Defense and Crisis Management Course" (known by its Spanish acronym, CEDEYAC), which won the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies’ (CHDS) first William J. Perry Award for educational excellence, has been named as director general for education at the Ministry...

  • Feb 23, 2010
    Jaime Ravinet, who in 2009 was a Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies (CHDS) Visiting Scholar, has been appointed by Chilean President-elect Sebastian Piñera as that country's new Minister of Defense. Ravinet previously held the top defense portfolio under the presidency of Ricardo Lagos. In a letter of congratulations to Ravinet following the...

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