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  • Jun 02, 2009
    On Friday, the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies hosted the US-Chile Defense Consultative Commission during its visit to the National Defense University (NDU). The event included a tour of CHDS as well of a briefing by Director Richard D. Downie for Chilean Under Secretary of War Gonzalo García and Undersecretary of the Navy Carolina...

  • May 15, 2009
    From April 6 to May 1, 2009, CHDS gathered 33 scholars and practitioners from seven Latin American countries - Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Colombia, Mexico, Panama, Peru - and the United States in the course Perspectives on Homeland Security and Homeland Defense. The course used online and in-residence methodologies to allow participants,...

  • Apr 06, 2009
    On April 2, the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies (CHDS) played host to its second "Face-to-Face Encounter" in 2009, this time focusing on the theme "A New US Administration, A New Hemisphere? Perspectives from Three Continents." In the photo, Dr. Abe Lowenthal (second from left), the first Robert F. Erburu Professor of Ethics, Globalization...

  • Mar 27, 2009
    President Barack Obama came to the National Defense University Thursday to pay tribute to Abraham Lincoln, for whom the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies’ new home is named, and to honor the military education and training activities of all of the NDU’s component institutions and centers. "In the 21st century, the US armed forces must deal...

  • Jan 15, 2009
    The Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies (CHDS), the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS), the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) at Stanford University, and the Pacific Council on International Policy (PCIP) co-hosted a conference on “Pacific Rim Security – Managing the Global Commons” January 12-14, 2009 at...

  • Jan 02, 2009
    Colleagues and friends, it is with both pleasure and a touch of sadness that the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies (CHDS) moves from its home of 11 years at the Coast Guard headquarters building to the new Lincoln Hall at the National Defense University on Fort Lesley J. McNair. We have been very privileged to share quarters with the Coast...

  • Nov 20, 2008
    On November 19th a delegation of 54 members of the Chilean Academia Nacional de Estudios Estrategicos (ANEPE), the winners of the William J. Perry Award in the institutional category last September, visited the National Defense University, where its Director, General Carlos Stuardo Escobar, was received by NDU President, LtGen Frances Wilson...

  • Oct 12, 2008
    CHDS' traditional seminar for accredited diplomats, the "Washington Security and Defense Seminar," held October 6-10 focused on the implications of the upcoming post-election transition between US administrations. According to course director Dr. E. Richard Downes, in addition to the snapshots of how Washington formulates and implements its...

  • Sep 20, 2008
    The same week that the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies (CHDS) celebrated its 11th anniversary, on September 17, it also presented its second annual William J. Perry Awards for Excellence in Security and Defense Education to two of the Americas' most worthy individuals and institutions. The award is named after the former U.S. secretary of...

  • Sep 19, 2008
    Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Americas' Security Affairs Paul McHale was the keynote speaker at the CHDS "Defense Support to Civil Authorities in the Western Hemisphere Conference" that is being held in Crystal City, Virginia, September 16-18. In a well-received presentation, McHale likened effective anti-disaster...

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