The Western Hemisphere Security Forum (WHSF), is the premier policy forum concerning the Americas for the U.S. national security community. The Forum seeks to educate policymakers, elevate the importance of the region on the U.S. national security agenda, and connect public officials and scholars from across the region.
As a policy forum, our target audience consists of congressional members and staffers, defense and intelligence professionals, the media, and a vast network of Latin American advocates of freedom and security favoring positive relations to the United States. Consequently, outreach efforts were aimed at convening these critical actors to exchange insights, perspectives, and recommendations for action to establish a robust defense of our hemisphere against increasing transnational threats.
While others in D.C. may hold events and policy forums on the Western Hemisphere, they seldom engage the national security community, nor promote their events as advocates of the free society as a matter of course.
The WHSF seeks to elevate the importance of the Western Hemisphere on the U.S. national security agenda. That is our goal. Conventional thinking and old ways of engaging the Americas have proven ineffective in promoting and protecting U.S. national security interests in the region. It’s time for a new generation of national security leaders to rise and provide fresh and innovative solutions to the myriad of regional security challenges. It’s time for new voices to be heard within the security community of the Americas, a community looking for new answers to increasingly complex challenges (e.g. Venezuela). SFS is extremely proud to provide the platform for this new generation through our Western Hemisphere Security Forum.