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Hemispheric Security

Cooperative Security in the Americas. United States Department of State. Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs.

In the Western Hemisphere, the dangers of the Cold War have been replaced by new and more complex challenges. Illicit trafficking in drugs, persons, and weapons, criminal organizations, and cybercrime threaten peace and prosperity in the region. These transnational threats have changed traditional definitions of security and require coordinated multilateral responses by the governments in the hemisphere in accordance with democratic norms and principles. The U.S. Department of State has an active program to address the threats, concerns, and challenges to the security of the hemisphere at the bilateral, sub-regional, and regional levels. Click on the map or links below to find out about hemispheric security developments in the region.

For more information, contact Giovanni Snidle, the WHA Senior Coordinator for Hemispheric Security Policy, at 202-647-3799.

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South America | Organization of American States

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