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, ...

Why a Caribbean Political Action Committee

Posted on Nov 8, 2015 in Caribbean Diaspora, Speeches

Ambassador Curtis A. Ward Opening Remarks: C-PAC Patrons Annual Luncheon – 10th Anniversary, Hilton Doubletree Hotel, Silver Spring, MD/USA, 7th November 2015 It is my distinct privilege to offer a few opening remarks, and perhaps put in perspective why we are here today. For many years, perhaps decades, preceding the founding of this organization, as members of the ...

Giving Back – Investing in Human Security

Posted on Oct 19, 2015 in Speeches

Keynote Speech at the Knox Association of Past Students – New York Chapter [Annual Banquet, 17 October 2015] “Giving Back – Investing in Human Security” Ambassador Curtis A. Ward It is a pleasure for me to be giving the Keynote Address at the Knox Association of Past Students – New York Chapter’s annual banquet.  As ...

Assessing United States Sanctions in the Hemisphere: Cuba and Venezuela

the Ward Post - Ambassador Curtis A. Ward  In response to my recent article assessing the “Security Agenda in United States–Caribbean Relations,” I was asked to consider the current bilateral political issues between the United States and Venezuela and their implications for the Caribbean.  As the Caribbean region is impacted by the political, economic, and security ...

Security Agenda in United States-Caribbean Relations

the Ward Post – Ambassador Curtis A. Ward There are new and developing trends which portend grave danger to Caribbean societies.  Increased drug trafficking through the region, the threat of diminishing security assistance, and signs of radicalization leading to violent extremism threatens Caribbean societies.  Understanding what is at stake calls for proactive engagement, action if ...

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 ...

What’s the United States’ grand plan for Nigeria?

Posted on Oct 2, 2013 in Africa, Boko Haram, Nigeria, Terrorism

 There are many positives in United States–Nigeria relations.  For the most part, the Obama administration and the Nigerian government enjoy very  good relations; they share many common objectives and interests in West Africa and on the continent in general.  There is a great deal of cooperation and collaboration on peace and security issues, as well ...