Institute for Defense and Business

Security in Our Hemisphere:

A look at the U.S. southern border and the intersection of diplomacy and development in the security context

A Virtual Event

Select here to access Interim National Security Strategic Guidance

The 2021 Interim National Security Strategic Guidance was issued by the Biden Administration as a vision for how America will engage with the world. Close to home, it outlines steps to strengthen relationships with nations to our south while also addressing root causes of immigration.

In order to better understand the current state of security in our hemisphere, we have brought together a highly qualified panel of experts to offer their invaluable insights into what the actual situation at the U.S. Southern border looks like and what the future of the United States’ role in the region might be. Additionally, this panel will delve into the expectations more generally for security, diplomacy and development as the U.S. contends with an influx of individual’s arriving at its southern border.

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Navin Bapat, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science and Chair of Peace, War, and Defense at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Distinguished Panelists

Ambassador (Ret.) Patrick Duddy, Director of Duke University’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Anthony Bryan, Ph.D, Senior Associate (Non-resident), Americas Program, CSIS and Co-Chair, Caribbean Policy Consortium (CPC)

Chelsea Estancona, Ph.D, Assistant Professor in Political Science at the University of South Carolina
Patricio Provitina, Latin America Regional Expert


The Institute for Defense & Business delivers custom-designed education and research programs that present stimulating ideas to diverse public and private sector participants in an academic setting to foster collaboration and achieve excellence and innovation.

Our expert faculty share new ideas, new tools and new approaches.  But it is the diverse mix of participants that take these concepts to the next level.  IDB programs attract participation from private industry, government agencies, the military, non-governmental organizations, and international organizations.  By examining shared challenges, participants exchange best practices and develop actionable insights that help their organizations excel today and into the future.Participants leave IDB programs with new job skills, strategic insights, business acumen, and a broader professional network.   Their resulting improved performance helps them reach the next level in their career and lead their organization toward greater success.


In 2001, IDB delivered its first educational programs in logistics and technology.  These flagship programs, developed and delivered in partnership with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School were custom-built for the DoD’s Center of Excellence in Logistics and Technology (LOGTECH), a center established through Congressional Directive to support the spread of logistics best practices, processes, and technology across the DoD.As the reputation of LOGTECH programs grew, IDB continued to partner with organizations across the defense enterprise, developing programs to address their unique educational objectives.

IDB Today

In addition to custom-built educational programs and research, today the IDB offers several open-enrollment programs for professionals at all career levels, ranging from a few days to four weeks and multiple residencies across several months.The IDB portfolio is continuously adjusting to meet the needs of the organizations we serve.  It currently includes programs on logistics, supply chain and life cycle, complex industrial leadership, innovation, and continuous process improvement.  The portfolio also includes strategic broadening seminars for national security and policy, cybersecurity, dense urban areas, information operations, and enterprise resource planning.


This panel took place on Thursday, September 2nd from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT. Please view the recording below.