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NDU International Alumni Security Seminar, Cartagena, Colombia, June 10-12, 2015

By NDU's first regional continuing education seminar in Latin America

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NDU is pleased to announce our next Alumni Seminar will be held in Cartagena, Colombia on June 10-12, 2015. This will be NDU's fifth continuing education seminar and first in Latin America. Join fellow NDU graduates for a unique opportunity to discuss critical security issues in the region and to connect with former classmates and the university.

Graduates of any of NDU's five colleges (CISA, ES/ICAF, iCollege, JFSC, and NWC) are welcome to attend, including U.S. graduates working in the region.

The three-day event will include academic sessions led by NDU faculty, presentations by alumni experts and key leaders in the region, and networking and social opportunities. Spouses are welcome to attend all social functions. Seminar discussion topics will focus on an analysis of current events in Latin America, promoting positive civil-military relations, creating comprehensive approaches to combating terrorism, and managing external actors in the region.  

This seminar is made possible through collaboration with the Colombian Navy and by the invitation of Admiral Hernando Wills, Commander of the Colombian Navy and graduate of the NDU Class of 2008. 

Registration

Register here to attend the Seminar.  Please remember to send a photo of yourself to ismo (a) ndualumni.org for inclusion in the conference program. 

Tentative Schedule of Events

Tuesday, June 9

Evening icebreaker social

Wednesday, June 10

Seminar Day 1
Remarks by Colombian Minister of Defense
Remarks by Commander, U.S. Southern Command
Panel Session I: "Status of Civil-Military Relations in the Western Hemisphere"
Evening reception

Thursday, June 11

Seminar Day 2
Refresher course on NDU's Military Education Research Library Network (MERLN)
Alumni keynote presentations
Panel Session II: "Organizing to Confront Non-Traditional Threats"
Afternoon off-site visit to Cartagena historical and economic locations
Evening free

Friday, June 12

Seminar Day 3
Presentation on NDU Alumni Initiatives
Panel Session III: "External Influences in the Western Hemisphere"
Panel Session IV: "Professional Military Education of the Future"
Concluding keynotes

Conference Location

The conference will be located at:

Hotel Almirante Cartagena
Bocagrande, Avenida San Martin # 6-5
Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia
+57 5 6658811

Attendees who wish to stay at the Almirante Hotel can receive the group rate of $290,000 COP per night (approximately $125 USD).  This rate includes breakfast each day at the hotel, Wi-fi, and transportation to and from the airport. In order to receive this rate for your stay at Cartagena, you must email Ms. Andrea Carlos at andreal.carlos@hotelalmirante.co with the following information:

- Reservation code: NDU002
- Full Name
- Identity number (such as passport number)
- Dates of lodging
- Your credit card information in the attached form
 
If you were selected by your country to attend the seminar via an invitation letter from ISMO to your Chief of Defense, NDU will be coordinating your lodging. 

Invitations and Registration

Personalized invitations have been created and are going out now to those who requested them. 

An invitation letter from NDU is available here

An invitation letter from ADM Hernando Wills, Commander of Colombian Navy, is available here.

More Information

Please contact the International Student Management Office with any questions at ismo (a) ndualumni.org or (202) 685-2545. 

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