Washington Security and Defense Seminar (WSDS)


Residential Phase Dates: 
Nov 13, 2017 to Nov 17, 2017
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The Washington Security and Defense Seminar allows participants to develop their knowledge and improve their analytical skills about the security and defense environment and the policy-making processes of Washington.


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Participants identify issues and comprehend the main perspectives on national objectives, preferences on strategies, policy guidelines, and the dynamics of decision-making in a democratic society. In an academic, non-attribution environment, participants have the unique experience of listening to and exchanging ideas with key civilian and military officials and advisors of the Executive Branch, as well as interacting with civilian academic professors working on issues related to the Western Hemisphere. The presence of representatives from the Department of Defense (J-5 and the Office of the Secretary of Defense), the Department of State, the National Security Council, the Department of Homeland Security, and the US Congress provides diverse exposure to perspectives, responsibilities, bureaucratic issues, and policy challenges and preferences. The curriculum combines lectures, question-and-answer sessions, and moderated seminar discussions lead by Perry Center professors.


More information is forthcoming.


The seminar is intended primarily for local members of the diplomatic corps of countries from the Western Hemisphere accredited to the White House and/or to the Organization of American States (including nations with OAS observer status). Additionally, the course is open to others, such as:

  • civilian representatives of international organizations,
  • academic researchers,
  • journalists,
  • and military officers based in Washington, DC.

Candidates must possess a university degree or, in cases where a candidate does not hold a degree, equivalent practical experience. Military and police personnel must have completed a command and staff course or equivalent. Exceptions are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

There are no language requirements for this course. Simultaneous interpretation between English and Spanish will be provided.

Updated / Actualizado: September 06, 2018