The Underworld of Chinese Criminal Networks in Latin America & the Caribbean


Amidst persistent challenges of violence and corruption, Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) have become a focal point for Chinese criminal networks engaged in activities spanning fentanyl trafficking, money laundering, wildlife trade, and migrant smuggling. Join us to explore the intricate dynamics and unveil a comprehensive analysis from FIU’s Jack D. Gordon Institute of Public Policy (JGI), presented by Associate Director Leland Lazarus and Research Coordinator Alexander Gocso, alongside other key stakeholders in Washington, D.C.

The State of the Venezuelan Military and Police


This panel featured Ambassador Maria Teresa Belandria, former Venezuelan Ambassador to Brazil and Brian Fonseca, Director of the Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy Moderator, discussing the current state of the Venezuelan Armed Forces and civil police, and delved into what those institutions might look like in the future. Moderated by Adam Ratzlaff, Deputy Director of Global Americans.

Chinese Influence in the Americas


This panel discussion has thought leaders and industry professionals focus on security challenges regarding Chinese engagements with countries in Latin America. Panelists looked at how China’s activities in the region are affecting U.S. security interests and the interests of its partners.

Venezuela Panel Series


Venezuela has struggled to establish a working democracy for much of its history.


This panel series had brought together thought leads from around the world to discuss various topics surrounding the struggles of Venezuela, what needs to happen for change, and the way forward.

7th Annual Hemispheric Security Conference 


The Hemispheric Security Conference (HSC) is an annual conference held where experts from academia, governmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, and private sectors converge to examine the most pressing security challenges facing the Western Hemisphere.

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Pandemic Lessons Learned in the Americas Panel


A panel discussion on the lessons learned after the pandemic in the Americas. Public and private sector experts discussed the key lessons learned in policy, health, and finance across the Americas.


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Ongoing Recovery Efforts in Haiti Panel


A panel discussion with Jacqueline Charles, Dr. Jerry Chandler, Bruno Lemarquis, and Tim Callaghan on internal recovery efforts in Haiti and the challenges associated with them.


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Aftermath of the Haiti Earthquake Panel


A panel discussion with Jacqueline Charles, Former Lieutenant General Ken Keen, Ambassador Daniel Foote, Ann Lee, and Jean Marc De Matteis on the aftermath and international response to the 2021 Haiti Earthquake.


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IUUF Workshop Series



The IUU Fishing Informational Workshop was a two-day virtual workshop on Wednesday, June 30th, and Thursday, July 1st. During this workshop, Global Fishing Watch (GFW), International Monitoring, Control, and Surveillance (IMCS) Network, and Florida International University’s (FIU) Jack Gordon Institute (JGI) spoke about the most pressing issues in IUU fishing, tools that are being used to address these issues, and opportunities for collaboration in the maritime security environment.


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Prospects for the Future: Challenges and Opportunities in Combating IUU Fishing


The third panel and closing remarks of the IUU (Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated) Fishing Conference that took place on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021.


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Socioeconomic, Environmental & Security Impacts of IUU Fishing in the Western Hemisphere

The second panel of the IUU (Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated) Fishing Conference on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021.


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Global Implications of Illegal Fishing


The first panel of the IUU (Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated) Fishing Conference on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021.


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Roundtable Discussion with Ian Urbina


A conversation with renowned Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ian Urbina on critical issues affecting the world’s oceans. From humanitarian and ecological abuses to the faults in international maritime law, this discussion shed light on the deeper problems that plague the high seas.