On November 29, 2018 the Perry Center partnered with the John’s Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS) to present a Hemispheric Forum addressing “Security Challenges in Latin America.” The event covered current topics relevant to the region, including: the Crisis in Venezuela, Central American insecurity, as well as Russian and Chinese political influence in Latin America. Perry Center Director, Lieutenant General (ret.) Frederick S. Rudesheim, USA, and Dr. Monica de Bolle, Director of the Latin American Studies Program & Emerging Markets Specialization at SAIS, welcomed panelists and guests to the forum.
Subject matter experts from the United States and Latin America analyzed current events from distinct perspectives and backgrounds, touching upon the refugee crisis on the Colombia-Venezuela border, the changing face of violence and its effects on migration in the Northern Triangle, and the consequences of growing Chinese and Russian investment in the region. Keynote speaker, Ambassador William Brownfield, Former Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL); Former US Ambassador to Colombia, Venezuela, and Chile, spoke of recent events affecting international security including the caravan of migrants originating from Honduras and El Salvador, the recent elections in Brazil, and the Venezuelan refugee crisis.
The event consisted of three panels, each concluding with a question-and-answer session, taking queries from students, guests, and fellow panelists.
Panel I – Crisis in Venezuela: Gauging the Fallout, Future Threats, and Policy Options for the International Community
Panel II – Central American Insecurity: Assessing Violence, Corruption, and Migration
Panel III – Evaluating Russian and Chinese Political Influence in Latin America