Media Center

Press Advisory


  May 20, 2003

The OAS Office of External Relations, in conjunction with the World Affairs Council and the Center for Latin American Issues at The George Washington University will host a half-day conference on “Security in the Americas: Our Hemispheric Neighborhood” in the Hall of the Americas at OAS Headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, May 21, 2003, from 9:00-11:00am.
Anthony DePalma, the internationally-known New York Times reporter and best selling author will moderate the discussion of the expert panel, which will include Ambassador Miguel Ruiz-Cabañas, Permanent Representative of Mexico to the OAS and Chair of the OAS Committee on Hemispheric Security; Dr. Joseph Tulchin, Director of the Latin American Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center; Dr. Paul R. Gully, MB, ChB, FRCPC, Senior Director General, Population and Public Health Branch, Canada; and Dr. Ivelaw Griffith, Dean of the Honors College and Professor of Political Science at Florida International University.
The panel will examine a wide range of hemispheric security issues, including crime, corruption, democratic governance, illicit arms-trafficking, drug-trafficking, money laundering, public health issues, and the role of the media in dealing with these concerns.

WHAT: Conference on “Security in the Americas: Our Hemispheric Neighborhood”
WHEN: Wednesday, May 21, 2003, from
TIME: 9:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m.
WHERE: Hall of the Americas
OAS Headquarters
17th St & Constitution Ave, NW
Washington, DC

The “Security in the Americas Conference” is free and open to the public and will also be web cast live and available on demand at
For more information on this program, contact Magdalena Talamas at (202) 458-3865 or email [email protected].

Reference: AVI-037/03