The William J. Perry Award for Excellence in Security and Defense Education

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to make the difficult decision to cancel this year's Perry Award in the interest of protecting the health of our team, our partners, and our communities. We look forward to resuming the Perry Award Program next year to recognize those individuals and organizations who continue to make significant contributions to security, defense, and governance in the Americas.

Every year, the Perry Center recognizes individuals who and organizations that have made significant and sustained contributions advancing mutually supportive approaches to security, fostering transparent and capable defense and security governance institutions, and strengthening institutional capacity in the Americas.

Awardees may be either individuals who or organizations that, through education, research, outreach, and/or scholastic leadership, have contributed to the knowledge base of defense and security practitioners, advanced a cooperative international security environment, and/or promoted sustainable institutional capacity in the Americas. Awardees will have made sustained contributions in their fields in a manner consistent with the Perry Center’s mission.

Individual Category
  • 2021 – No Award Presented
  • 2020 – No Award Presented
  • 2019 – Dr. Linda Castro Gainza
  • 2018 – General Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda
  • 2017 – Dr. Marcos Pablo Moloeznick Gruer
  • 2016 – Ambassador Luigi Einaudi
  • 2015 – Admiral Francisco Soberón Sanz and Prof. Ivelaw Griffith
  • 2014 – Dr. Richard Millett
  • 2013 – Dr. María Liz García de Arnold
  • 2012 – President Felipe Calderón
  • 2011 – Mr. Nelson Jobim
  • 2010 – Dr. José Bayardi and General (ret.) John Galvin
  • 2009 – No Award Presented
  • 2008 – President Álvaro Uribe Vélez
Institutional Category Other Awards
  • 2017 – Mr. John Cope (Legacy Award)