On Monday, December 7th, a team of Perry Center staff and faculty commenced a seminar in Trinidad and Tobago. The seminar, titled “Security and Defense Institution Building: Methods, Practices, and Tools” addresses policy formulation, force design, integrated governance systems, and education systems necessary to improve the efficiency of government security agencies. The event marks the first ever Caribbean regional seminar on the topic. Almost 30 participants representing ten Caribbean nations (Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, St Vincent and Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago) are in attendance. Seminar director Dr. Boris Saavedra kicked off the 5-day event with a short explanation of the seminar content. Other first day speakers included Dr. Salvador Raza, the Perry Center’s subject matter expert on institution building, who spoke on policy formulation methodology, and Dr. Andy Knight of the University of the West Indies (UWI) who gave an afternoon presentation on the evolving security threats in the Caribbean region.