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. 

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Join us in welcoming Dr. Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith, former FIU Honors College Dean, as he dives into his recently published book, "Challenged Sovereignty" on May 8th!

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Previous Years
  • 2023

    HSC 2023 Panel Videos

    HSC2023 video series on YouTube

    Opening Remarks YouTube

    Welcome Remarks with DASD Daniel Erikson YouTube

    Fireside Chat with Ambassador Paula Dobriansky YouTube

    Remarks from Congressional Representative Mario Diaz-Balart YouTube

    Protecting our People: Achievements in Citizen Security YouTube

    Video Message: General Laura Richardson  YouTube

    Chat with Vice Admiral Alvin Holsey YouTube

    Fireside Chat with Special Assistant to the President & NSC Senior Director Juan Gonzalez  YouTube

    Fireside Chat with USAID Deputy Administrator Isobel Coleman YouTube

    After COP27: Climate Change & Environmental Security YouTube

    Fireside Chat with Ron Johnson, Former U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador  YouTube

    In the Middle: Opportunities and Challenges in the Era of U.S.-China Strategic Competition YouTube

    Day 2 Opening Remarks with Ana Gonzalez YouTube

    Fireside Chat with Sébastien Carriére, Canadian Ambassador to Haiti YouTube

    Securing Cyberspace YouTube

    Keynote Address with Mario Montoto YouTube

    What's Next in Tech and Security YouTube

    Conference Program


  • 2022

    Hosted by FIU’s Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy and the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center (LACC), the 7th Annual Hemispheric Security Conference (HSC) included 10 security-focused discussions from May 17-20. The sessions were streamed live and were available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

    Some of the notable speakers for HSC2022 included Juan S. Gonzalez, Special Assistant to President Biden and National Security Council Senior Director for the Western Hemisphere, Congresswoman Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, Special Advisor for the 2022 Summit of the Americas, and many more.

    Panel Videos

    HSC2022 video series on YouTube

    Conference Welcome YouTube

    Fireside Chat with Juan S. Gonzalez YouTube

    Summit of the Americas Preview YouTube

    The Impact of Cybersecurity on Western Hemisphere Security YouTube

    Keynote Address by Daniel Erikson YouTube

    The Future of the Armed Forces in Latin America YouTube

    The Geopolitical Convergence in Venezuela YouTube

    Keynote Address by Kerri S. Hannan YouTube

    Disinformation, Democracy, and the Inter-American System YouTube

    The Reexamination of the 2003 Declaration on Security in the Americas YouTube

    Keynote Address by Matthew D. Steinhelfer YouTube

    Examining Democracy in the Americas Through Case Studies YouTube

    Conference Program

    Funded in part by the Dorothea Green Lecture Series and the Ruth K. and Shepard Broad Distinguished Lecture Series


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  • 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

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    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.

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  • 2018