JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- In coordination with U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command (COMUSNAVSO) and Commander, U.S. 4th Fleet, U.S. Naval War College (NWC) Ruger Chair for National Security Economics, Ambassador (retired) John Cloud, recently hosted a workshop in Jacksonville, Fla., on April 23.
The event focused on the convergence and importance of economic development and security in the Caribbean region and Central America.
COMUSNAVSO and U.S. 4th Fleet Commander Rear Adm. Kurt Tidd opened the workshop noting that even with the recent announcement of the U.S. defense posture "pivot" to Asia, the United States has pressing security concerns much closer to home in the Western Hemisphere.
National security and economic development experts from across the region traveled to the University of North Florida in Jacksonville to discuss the current security and economic environment and to better understand the connectivity between security and economic growth and development.
The presentations from the panel members demonstrated that despite increased access to global markets over the past two decades, the Caribbean and Central American region continue to struggle with debilitating crime and other security concerns which impede economic growth and obstruct poverty reduction efforts.
Other workshop speakers included representatives from the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies (CHDS), University of West Indies and the Jamaican Defense Force as well as representatives of the World Bank and INCAE Business School in Costa Rica. Also attending the workshop were USSOUTHCOM and 4th Fleet staff, University of North Florida faculty and various military and civilian participants from the Washington, D.C. region.
In addition to Ambassador (retired) Cloud, NWC participants included Professor Laurence McCabe, Professor Emeritus Paul Taylor and International Fellow, and Vice Adm. (retired) Guillermo Barrera, Colombian Navy.
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