A U.S. delegation will travel to Port of Spain December 3-6 for the third Caribbean–United States Security Cooperation Dialogue on December 5, marking the third year of the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI). CBSI is a partnership that fulfills the commitment to deepen regional security cooperation that President Barack Obama made at the Fifth Summit of the Americas in Trinidad and Tobago in April 2009. Through CBSI, the United States, CARICOM member nations, and the Dominican Republic are working together to reduce illicit trafficking, increase public safety and security, and promote social justice.
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Liliana Ayalde will lead the delegation, which includes Ambassador to Guyana and U.S. Special Representative to CARICOM D. Brent Hardt, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Carol Perez; USAID Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean Beth Hogan; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Deputy Assistant Director John Torres; U.S. Southern Command Deputy Director for Intelligence Operations (J2) Captain James Roick; and U.S. Northern Command Foreign Policy Advisor Ambassador W. Stuart Symington.
The delegation will also meet with government officials and civil society representatives.
More information on CBSI can be found at www.state.gov/p/wha/rt/cbsi.