Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium
Peace, security and prosperity in the Western Hemisphere remain
critical components of a successful foreign and national security
strategy. From the virulent anti-Americanism of President
Hugo Chávez of Venezuela to the insertion of extra-regional
players like China and Iran, the U.S. faces a new configuration of
strategic challenges. The drug trade and organized crime
continue to undermine the security, prosperity and potentially the
stability of our southern neighbors. To fight back, the
Administration has pressed forward with Plan Colombia, worked to
strengthen cooperation with Hemispheric partners, and recently
proposed a historic multi-year plan for fighting drug trafficking
and gang activity in Mexico and Central America. Cuba, at the
end of the Fidel Castro era and at the crossroads of transition,
also occupies a high place on the U.S. foreign policy agenda.
Join us for a briefing on and discussion of recent developments in
Western Hemisphere security planning and cooperation by our special
guest from the
As a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Stephen Johnson is
responsible for the Western Hemisphere Affairs where he oversees
the advancement of hemispheric defense cooperation and the
coordination for the U.S. Northern and Southern Commands.
Prior to joining the Department of Defense, Mr. Johnson was a
Senior Policy Analyst at The Heritage Foundation, a Foreign Service
Officer with the U.S. State Department and a tanker pilot,
attaché and strategic planner while on duty as an officer in
the U.S. Air Force.
More About the Speakers
Stephen C. Johnson
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense,
Western Hemisphere Affairs
Ray Walser, Ph.D.
Senior Policy Analyst