The U.S. Department of State’s annual Towards a More Safe and Secure World initiative brings judicial, law enforcement, and security officials from around the world to the United States to discuss transnational threats to international peace and security, including terrorism, narcotics trafficking, trafficking in persons, border threats, money laundering, and cyber warfare.

  • Foster greater global cooperation against terrorism and other transnational threats during COVID-19.
  • Explore challenges to neutralizing global criminal activities such as narcotics trafficking and human trafficking, money laundering, and violent extremism.
  • Examine best practices and innovations in community policing to strengthen police accountability and public trust.
  • Examine case studies in balancing civil liberties with public safety.

In partnership with the Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy, the 2020 Towards a More Safe and Secure World Salon Series will be led by criminal justice and public policy experts from Washington, D.C., New York, NY, and Tampa, FL who will share their observations and best practices with program alumni. Through weekly virtual discussions, participants will explore current challenges to global transnational crime cooperation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Topics will range from maintaining public safety during periods of social upheaval to ensuring the protection of civil liberties and the right to peaceful protest. The implementing partner for this series is Meridian International Center.



"There is no perfect defense against the range of threats facing our homeland. That is why America must, alongside allies and partners, stay on the offensive.” –National Security Strategy

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