Security and Good Governance in U.S.-Jamaica Relations

  “Security and Good Governance in U.S.–Jamaica Relations” by Ambassador Curtis A. Ward [The following background paper was prepared for my presentation on the Panel on “Security and Good Governance” in the “Dialogue between Democracies: The Future of U.S. – Jamaica Bilateral Relations” organized by CaPRI and the U.S. Embassy (Kingston) at the Mid-Town Hilton Hotel, NYC, March 24, ...

The State of Caribbean Security

Posted on Aug 30, 2014 in Geopolitics, Security, Speeches

[Ambassador Curtis A. Ward, speech at William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies, National Defense University, Washington DC, 11 June 2013] Since the end of the Cold War, unprecedented openness in trade, finance, travel and communication, while credited with economic growth and well-being, generally, has also given new tools to, and created more operational space for transnational ...

Syria and the Ukraine Factor

the Ward Post – Ambassador Curtis A. Ward The process of removal of all chemical weapons from Syria and degrading Syria’s capacity for future production of chemical weapons were being slowly realized prior to the problems erupting in Ukraine.  Progress in the past few months would not have been possible without the cooperation and collaboration ...

US Pressures Nigeria on Boko Haram

Posted on Nov 24, 2013 in Africa, Boko Haram, Geopolitics, Nigeria, Terrorism

The Obama Administration has taken steps to create a new dynamic in U.S –Nigeria relations, by designating Boko Haram and Ansaru (a 2012 splinter group from Boko Haram) as Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTOs) and as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs).  These designations were announced by the U.S. State Department on November 13, 2013, acting, in ...

Citizen Responsibility and Nation-building

[Keynote address by Ambassador Curtis A. Ward (3rd Annual Police Ball, 10/26/13)] On an occasion such as this one, I could find several topics on which to speak. However, for fear of overstaying my welcome at the podium, I will share with you a few of my perspectives on “Citizen Responsibility and Nation-building.” “What makes this ...

Diplomacy on the march in the Middle East

It was only a few days after I had recorded the audio for my video blog “Drumbeats for War and Peace” (DWaP) (http://www.curtiswardassociates.com/?p=463) that I heard Secretary of State John Kerry give indication of the actions required of Russia and Syria to prevent the U.S from pursuing military action to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons.  This ...

Conversations With America: U.S.-Jamaica Relations

Posted on Sep 26, 2013 in Geopolitics, Interviews

VIDEO: Ambassador Pamela Bridgewater, U.S. Ambassador to Jamaica, and Ambassador Curtis Ward, former ambassador of Jamaica to the United Nations and currently President of the Caribbean Research and Policy Center have a conversation on U.S.-Jamaica Relations, moderated by Deputy Assistant Secretary Cheryl Benton, from the Department of State in Washington, D.C. on March 16, 2012.

Remembering 9/11: The World Stood Still

(On the evening of September 11, 2001, I sat in my apartment in Midtown Manhattan and wrote the following, which reflected my immediate thoughts on the terrorist attacks on the United States earlier that morning.) The day, 11 September 2001, began with attending the Sixteenth Annual International Prayer Breakfast, marking the opening of the Fifty-Sixth ...

Responsibility to Protect – Obama’s Unwelcome Burden in Syria

Sitting in the UN Security Council gallery, on February 5, 2003, I was present as Secretary of State Colin Powell, addressed the Security Council, making the case of WMDs in Iraq.  Satellite imagery of so-called mobile chemical labs and transcripts of intercepted conversations among Iraqi officials were displayed for all to see.  US Intelligence Community’s ...