Welcome to William J. Perry Center



  • The principal objective of this course is to offer participants the theoretical foundations and analytical tools to help them develop and/or expand their ability to be active participants in the processes of security and defense strategy and policy formulation, decision-making, implementation, and control and oversight.

  • The goal of the HADR seminar is to educate decision-makers from the region who work closely on HADR programs in their country as well as to improve the capacity of US and partner nation forces to respond to humanitarian crises and disasters.
  • Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCOs) pose security and defense threats to all democratic countries in the Western Hemisphere. As such, the CTTN course seeks to identify and analyze strategies and policies that help

  • Much of the Western Hemisphere lies within an area that is prone to natural disasters. The Pacific nations, for example, lie on the "ring of fire," a massive chain of volcanoes and seismic fault lines that circle the Pacific Ocean. The Caribbean and Central American nations are frequently in the path of Atlantic hurricanes. Global climate change can have a variety of environmental impacts from water scarcity, to rising sea levels, to droughts that devastate crops, to forest fires.

  • The Joint and Interagency Course seeks to increase participant awareness, understanding and an appreciation for the importance of joint and interagency efforts to confront the hybrid defense and security challenges facing governments today, both regionally and internationally.

  • Participants should be able to contribute to the general objectives of Rule of Law (ROL), Armed Forces and Defense Policy at both the personal and institutional level, acquiring and/or improving the following functional competencies:

    • Identifying and examining ROL topics most relevant to the defense sector and armed forces in the Western Hemisphere.



The Perry Center publishes original works by faculty, staff, alumni, and international colleagues through a variety of print and digital outlets. The current lineup of publications includes Regional Insights and Occasional Papers, as well as special reports and books. We welcome submissions in English and Spanish for any of the publication types. We also feature the work of our faculty and staff published by external entities.


Patrick Paterson
Commander (ret.) Patrick Paterson
Professor of Practice
Dr. Vicente Torrijos R.
Dr. Vicente Torrijos
Adjunct Professor

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