JSOU Regional Combating Terrorism Course in Colombia

March 13, 2014

From March 3 to 7, the Perry Center conducted a course on Combating Terrorism at the Colombian Superior War College (ESDEGUE) in Bogotá, Colombia. The course was a collaborative effort between U.S. Special Operations Command–South (SOCSOUTH), Joint Special Operations University (JSOU), ESDEGUE, and the Perry Center. During the five-day course, Perry Center Professors Celina Realuyo and David Spencer delivered presentations on the global struggle against drug trafficking and organized crime, the evolution of terrorism, social violence in Latin America, and the transnational convergence of terrorism, insurgency, and crime. The 40 participants included representatives from Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, and the United States. Perry Center Acting Director Ken LaPlante attended the final day of the course and ESDEGUE Director Major General Javier Fernandez, ESDEGUE Deputy Director Rear Admiral Luis Tovar, and SOCSOUTH Commander General Sean Mulholland spoke at the closing ceremony.

Professors Celina Realuyo (first row, center) and David Spencer (fourth row, far right) with course participants and senior leaders from SOCSOUTH, JSOU, and ESDEGUE.From left: Lieutenant Colonel Erico Oviedo (Paraguay); Colonel Javier Alberto Ayala Amaya, head of the Center for Strategic Security and Defense Studies (CEESEDEN); Dean Carlos Enrique Martinez Caballero, ESDEGUE; Prof. David Spencer; General Sean Mulholland, Rear Admiral Luis Jorge Tovar Nieva, and Prof. Celina Realuyo during the class dinner.