Center News

  • May 17, 2022
    The Perry Center welcomes 45 participants from Central and South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean to the resident portion of "Combating Transnational Threat Networks," led by course director Professor Celina Realuyo. Together they will analyze and deepen their understanding of transnational criminal organizations and the threats they pose to the...

  • May 17, 2022
    Congratulations to our graduates of Strategic Implications of Human Rights and Rule of Law! On Friday, we held the first in-person graduation ceremony of our 25th Anniversary year. We thank National Defense University President Lt Gen Michael Plehn and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Western Hemisphere Affairs Daniel Erikson for their...

  • May 16, 2022
    Every day, thousands of dedicated professionals in government, the military, academia, and civil society do the tireless, often unheralded work of making the Americas safer and more secure. The Perry Award offers an opportunity to recognize some of the individuals and organizations advancing security and defense education in the Americas. I hope...

  • May 13, 2022
    On May 9, 2022, the Perry Center hosted the visit of the Command for Education of the Army of Guatemala (COSEDE) to Washington, DC. The Center provided a briefing on our institution and on the latest trends in transnational organized crime and cybersecurity in the Americas for 38 Guatemalan officials that included COSEDE Director Colonel Edgar...

  • May 09, 2022
    On May 5, 2022, the Perry Center co-sponsored with State Alumni Paraguay (SAP) an "International Forum on Cooperation between Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and the United States of America in the Fight Against Organized Crime, Money Laundering and Cryptocurrencies," with over 300 participants from the Paraguayan public, private and civic sectors at...

  • May 03, 2022
    On May 2 we kicked-off the residential phase of our Strategic Implications of Human Rights and Rule of Law (HR/ROL) course, welcoming 42 participants, including 16 women, from 13 countries in the Americas to the Perry Center. Together we will explore and develop complementary approaches to strengthening democratic accountability, respect for human...

  • May 03, 2022
    On April 26, the Perry Center held the webinar, "Systems Analysis of the Salvadoran Gangs." It presented the just published book: Adversarial System Analysis of the Salvadoran Gangs. Two of the three authors, Dr. David Spencer, WJPC Professor of Practice, and Mr. Herard von Santos, WJPC Alumnus, discussed how the book came about, the methodology...

  • May 02, 2022
    On Friday, LTG (ret.) Frederick S. Rudesheim was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service in recognition of exemplary leadership as director of the Perry Center. Director Rudesheim’s unwavering commitment to building trust and strengthening relationships in the Americas advanced the Center’s mission and security...

  • Apr 29, 2022
    On April 27, 2022, the Perry Center held an in-person seminar on "Cybersecurity in Critical Infrastructure and the Financial Sector” at Capital Bank in Panama City, Panama. Perry Center Professors Boris Saavedra and Celina Realuyo spoke about governance in cyberspace, critical infrastructure protection, big data, artificial intelligence,...

  • Apr 26, 2022
    It has been my great privilege to serve as Director of the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies for the past four years in support of its important and impactful mission: The Perry Center develops and engages the Western Hemisphere’s community of defense and security professionals to seek mutually supportive approaches to security and defense challenges in order to develop effective sustainable institutional capacity and promote a greater understanding of US regional policy.

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