Latin American Security


Assume you are assigned to the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (DASD) for Western Hemisphere Affairs. A new DASD has been nominated by the President and will soon begin confirmation hearings before the Senate Armed Forces Committee. You have been tasked to develop one of a number of background/point papers for the nominated DASD to use during her confirmation hearings before the Senate Armed Forces Committee. You are to write a 6-8 page paper that addresses two principal themes: a. What are the major regional and international realities and trends that will affect Latin American security for the next decade; and b. What are possible future alternatives for Latin American security. About 1/2 of your paper should be  dedicated to each theme.

CO-1: Analyze how geopolitical and historical factors affect divisions within what is called ‘Latin America’, and how the concept ‘security’ is defined.
CO-2: Evaluate core governance issues and their implications for security within Latin America.
CO-3: Analyze the impact of internal and transnational non-state actors on the security environment throughout Latin America.
CO-4: Assess how NGOs, IGOs, and non-hemispheric actors affect security within the nations of Latin America.
CO-5: Evaluate the changing role of the United States related to Latin American security.