Perry Center Holds Regional Transnational Threats Seminar in Panama

June 08, 2018

June 5-7, 2018, the Perry Center and the Panamanian Ministry of Public Security convened 70 security and defense professionals from 11 countries for a Central American Regional Seminar on Countering Transnational Threat Networks in Panama City, Panama. The event was inaugurated by Panamanian Minister of Public Security Alexis Bethancourt, Vice Minister of Public Security Jonattan Del Rosario, and Perry Center Director LTG (ret.) Frederick S. Rudesheim.

The first day of the seminar featured a keynote speech by Minister Bethancourt about the Panamanian National Citizen Security Strategy 2017-2030. The strategy was developed in collaboration with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to improve citizen security and reduce crime rates in Panama. Inputs from representatives of the public and private sectors, civil society groups and NGOs were specifically incorporated to create a more comprehensive security strategy.

Over the next three days, practitioners from around Central America participated in a series of interactive panel sessions led by subject matter experts. Through robust dialogue and discussion, seminar participants examined the dynamic threats posed by international terrorism, transnational organized crime, cybersecurity and natural disasters, and discussed policies and approaches to address these challenges in the Americas.


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