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Previewing the OAS General Assembly: Citizen Security in the Americas

Public security officials from throughout the hemisphere will preview issues to be discussed at the General Assembly.

Date & Time

May. 16, 2011
9:30am – 11:30am

Previewing the OAS General Assembly: Citizen Security in the Americas

The Hon. José Miguel Insulza, Secretary General, Organization of American States; Adam Blackwell, Chief of Multidimensional Security, Organization of American States; Francisco Lloreda, Presidential Counselor for Citizen Security, Colombia; Aminta Granera, Chief of the National Police, Nicaragua (invited); Lynne Anne Williams, CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS)

The theme of the June 5-7, 2011 Organization of American States (OAS) General Assembly, held in El Salvador, was Citizen Security. OAS member states have affirmed that citizen security is a public good that the States have an obligation to provide. Citizen security strengthens support of effective democratic institutions and provides a foundation for peaceful and prosperous societies.

This event, which occurred prior to the General Assembly, funcioned as a briefing of sorts of issues to be raised at the OAS General Assembly, including "hot topics" in the Americas and the OAS approach to multidimensional security. Our esteemed panelists shared their own experiences and lessons learned as they assessed the practical operational challenges of applying a balanced approach to citizen security, effectively stopping criminality while respecting human rights and justice.

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Latin American Program

The Wilson Center’s prestigious Latin American Program provides non-partisan expertise to a broad community of decision makers in the United States and Latin America on critical policy issues facing the Hemisphere. The Program provides insightful and actionable research for policymakers, private sector leaders, journalists, and public intellectuals in the United States and Latin America. To bridge the gap between scholarship and policy action, it fosters new inquiry, sponsors high-level public and private meetings among multiple stakeholders, and explores policy options to improve outcomes for citizens throughout the Americas. Drawing on the Wilson Center’s strength as the nation’s key non-partisan forum, the Program serves as a trusted source of analysis and a vital point of contact between the worlds of scholarship and action.  Read more


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