Caribbean Defense and Security Seminar (CDSS 2018)

The William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies will convene approximately 30 defense and security professionals from Trinidad and Tobago for a "Caribbean Defense and Security Seminar" in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.

Through a series of expert lectures and interactive sessions, seminar participants will examine issues such as transnational organized crime, cybersecurity, emerging technologies, and natural disasters and discuss strategies and policies to counter these threats in the Americas.


Day 1 - National Security and Defense

  • Strategic Leadership in Defense and Security Partnerships
  • Strategic Vision and the Hemispheric Defense and Security Agenda
  • US National Security Strategy and the Caribbean
  • Panel: Trinidad and Tobago's National Security Framework
  • Panel: Latin America and the Caribbean Defense and Security Panorama
  • Debrief on Regional Efforts to Improve Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Reduction

Day 2 - Military/Police Coordination to Address Crime and Violence

  • Rules of Force in Joint Military/Police Operations
  • Illicit Arms Trafficking and Armed Violence
  • Human Trafficking
  • Illicit Finance and Money Laundering
  • Group Exercise

Day 3 - Evolving and Future Trends

  • The Privatization of Security in the Caribbean
  • The Evolving Cyber Landscape
  • Drones - Security Threats or Tools for Defense and Law Enforcement?
  • Group Exercise