What is the Security Research Hub?

The Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy’s (JGI) Security Research Hub (SRH) is a virtual research platform that harnesses publicly available information to support collaboration and shared understanding about Latin American and Caribbean security issues. Created in partnership with U.S. Southern Command, the SRH focuses on a wide range of security-related topics such as transnational organized crime, migration, illegal fishing, regional health concerns, and strategic competition.
The SRH leverages academic, NGO, and government partnerships to create a research environment that produces collaborative research products aimed at providing insights into security challenges in the Latin American and Caribbean regions. This approach uses publicly available data and applies analytic tools that aggregate research, leading to new, original findings which are shared openly in an effort to enhance the security and well-being of the region.
“Ultimately, the scope of security issues will largely be driven by the hub’s user community. Our intent is to leverage the hub’s user community to bring attention to the most pervasive and prevailing security challenges facing our hemisphere.”
– Brian Fonseca, Director Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy

Additionally, it will integrate virtual learning and build a collaborative community from across academia, government, civil society organizations, and private industry throughout the hemisphere. At its core, the SRH has three primary objectives it aims to fulfill:

  • Enhance U.S. and partner nations’ research and analytic capacity
  • Foster international analytic exchanges and collaboration among practitioners, analysts, researchers, and experts in their fields
  • Create a shared understanding of critical security challenges
In fulfilling these goals, FIU and its partners can exchange information and create a workforce to promote a secure Latin American and Caribbean region.

What Have Others Said About The SRH?

“This research hub leverages technology, open-source data, and the intellectual capital of academia, NGOs and individual citizens. By making data accessible, we are ‘open-sourcing’ the problem set, which will promote new insights and solutions. This partnership with FIU is a significant step toward democratizing data and harnessing innovation.”
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“It is of utmost importance to build bridges between the production of new knowledge and decision-making processes that can transform our Hemisphere. This project allows that—the construction of safer, better integrated and prosperous societies free of fear and free of want.”


– Ambassador Jean Manes, Civilian Deputy to the Commander and Foreign Policy Advisor, U.S. Southern Command
– Luis G. Solis, former President of Costa Rica

Our Partners

The SRH partners with leading government and non-government organizations across the hemisphere to ensure robust and accurate collaboration to address the most critical security issues that affect Latin America and the Caribbean.