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by: JD Gordon 0 Comments

SFS participates in OAS Ministerial Summit during Central American tour

The SFS executive team has returned from a highly successful Central American tour to Guatemala, Panama, Nicaragua, and El Salvador where, among other meetings, they participated in the Organization of American States (OAS) Ministerial Level Summit Implementation Review Group in Antigua, Guatemala last week, on June 4th and 5th, 2013. 

Hundreds of senior government officials, journalists and think tank scholars from throughout the Western Hemisphere participated in the Summit and related activities, including U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry.

Working in conjunction with a new SFS partner organization, Fuente Latina, Executive Director Joseph Humire and Senior Fellow J.D. Gordon conducted over 40 television, radio and print interviews at the OAS Summit, focused on the increasing ties between narco-traffickers and Iran’s radical Islam terror proxy, Hezbollah.  From appearing on the world’s major Spanish-language television networks including CNN Español, Univisíon, TV Azteca, Televisa, NTN-24, to local Guatemalan TV, radio, print outlets, SFS was the primary source of commentary on the region’s growing crime-terror nexus and the threat it poses to free societies in the Western Hemisphere. 

Additionally, we were joined by SFS Senior Fellow Jon Perdue in Guatemala City to present various seminars to Central American opinion leaders in the business sector and evangelical community focused on countering the direct threats posed to economics and security in the region. Among the topics included an overview of Jon’s 2012 book, “The War of All the People: The Nexus of Middle Eastern Terrorism and Latin American Radicalism.” 

Beyond Guatemala, Joseph traveled to Colombia, Panama and Nicaragua as part of a fact-finding tour with Ilan Berman, Vice President of the American Foreign Policy Council (AFPC). This tour is part of SFS ongoing research into Iran’s growing presence in Latin America, and featured several high-level briefs to local government officials, particularly before hundreds of senior military officers at the Escuela Superior de Guerra in Colombia.  

Lastly, Joseph traveled to El Salvador to examine whether improvement in economic and security conditions in Central America can help alleviate the root causes of mass migration.

We look forward to exploring the immigration security debate through hosting a senior-level panel in Washington, DC soon.  Stay tuned for more info… 

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