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The 7th Annual Hemispheric Security Conference will be May 17-May 20, 2022.

May 17th will include an in-person attendance option at the FIU Graham Center Ballrooms in addition to the virtual live stream.

The Hemispheric Security Conference (HSC) is an annual conference held where experts from academia, governmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, and private sectors converge to examine the most pressing security challenges facing the Western Hemisphere. HSC features thought leaders from hemispheric governments, including senior military officials and leaders of the industry. HSC is led by the Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy and the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center, both part of the Florida International University’s Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs.

Simultaneous interpretation in Spanish and Portuguese will be available through virtual live-stream.

Conference Schedule

Day 1 | Tuesday, May 17
1:00 - 5:15 p.m. EDT
Virtual AND In-Person Option
Day 2 | Wednesday, May 18
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Day 3 | Thursday, May 19
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Day 4 | Friday, May 20
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Tentative Agenda
(Subject to change)

1:00 - 1:15 p.m. HSC Conference WelcomeBienvenida a la conferencia | Bem-vindo à conferência

Elizabeth Bejar, Interim Provost, Florida International University

Luis Guillermo Solis, Director, Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center, FIU

1:15 - 2:15 p.m. Fireside ChatCharla | Conversação

Juan S. Gonzalez, Special Assistant to President Biden and National Security Council Senior Director for the Western Hemisphere

Moderated by:

Brian Fonseca, Director, Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy, FIU

2:15 - 2:30 p.m.Networking BreakPausa social

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.Summit of the Americas Preview with Congresswoman Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, Special Advisor for the 2022 Summit of the Americas
Vista preliminar de la Cumbre de las Américas con la congresista Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, asesora especial para la Cumbre de las Américas de 2022
Prévia da Cúpula das Américas com a congressista Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, Assessora Especial da Cúpula das Américas 2022

Congresswoman Debbie
Mucarsel-Powell, Special Advisor for the 2022 Summit of the Americas

Moderated by:
Luis Guillermo Solis, Director, Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center, FIU

3:30 - 4:45 p.m.
The Impact of Cybersecurity on Western Hemisphere SecurityEl impacto de la ciberseguridad en la seguridad del hemisferio occidentalO Impacto da Cibersegurança na Segurança do Hemisfério Ocidental

Introduction by:
Eric Walsh, Director General for North America at Global Affairs Canada

Arturo Cabañas, Security Assurance Leader, Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Robert "Bob" Gordon, Executive Director, Canadian Cyber Threat Exchange (CCTX)

Kerry-Ann Barrett, Cybersecurity Program Manager, Organization of American States

randy-pestana.pngModerated by:
Randy Pestana, Assistant Director, Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy, FIU

Previous Years
  • 2021

    Hosted by FIU’s Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy and the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center (LACC), the 6th Annual Hemispheric Security Conference (HSC) included 10 security-focused virtual discussions from May 17-21. The sessions were streamed live and were available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. 

    Some of the notable speakers for HSC2021 included Dr. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and chief medical advisor to the president, Epsy Campbell Barr, Vice President of Costa Rica, Juan González, special assistant to the president and NSC senior director for the Western Hemisphere, and many more. 

    Panel Videos

    HSC2021 video series on YouTube

    Conference Welcome YouTube

    A Conversation with Lt. General Andrew Croft YouTube

    Security Landscape in the Western Hemisphere YouTube

    The Impacts of Climate Change on Security in the Caribbean and Central America YouTube

    Political and Security Challenges in Central America and the Caribbean YouTube

    The Future of Military Institutions in the Americas YouTube

    The Impact of COVID-19 on Security in the Americas YouTube

    A Conversation with Dan Erikson, DASD Western Hemisphere YouTube

    United States Southern Command COVID-19 Fireside Chat with Dr. Anthony Fauci YouTube

    The Future of the Amazon: Strategic and Global Implications YouTube

    Conference Agenda

    Panelists' Biographies



  • 2020

    Nearly 1,800 people from 30 countries attended FIU’s 5th Annual Hemispheric Security Conference (HSC), breaking attendance records from previous years. For the past four years, the HSC was a daylong event at FIU but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s conference evolved into an online event with eight security-focused virtual discussions that took place May 18-22. Attendees tuned in live through Zoom and Facebook and watched in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

    The conference brought together former Latin American presidents Michelle Bachelet and Luis Guillermo Solis, U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) officials and other thought leaders from across the hemisphere to discuss the region’s security challenges.

    Panel Videos

    HSC video series on Facebook | HSC video series on YouTube

    Threats and Opportunities in the Americas: A Conversation with Admiral Craig S. Faller

    Facebook | YouTube

    Militaries in the Americas Facebook | YouTube

    Evolving Security Landscape Facebook | YouTube

    Women in Peace & Security: A Conversation with Ambassador Jean Manes Facebook | YouTube

    Global Pandemics and the Citizen and National Implications Facebook | YouTube

    Human Rights in the Americas: A Conversation with High Commissioner Bachelet Facebook | YouTube

    Crisis in Venezuela Continues: Strategies for Ending the Humanitarian Crisis and Restoring Democracy Facebook | YouTube

    Security Trends in the Caribbean and Central America Facebook | YouTube

    Conference Agenda

    Panelists' Biographies



  • 2019

    Fourth Annual Hemispheric Security Conference | May 22, 2019 | Miami, FL

    Click here to view pictures from the 2019 HSC.

    hsc-2019 flyer.jpg

  • 2018