About the Author: Amber Forbes serves as a Public Affairs Assistant in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs.
Today marks the beginning of the inaugural Caribbean-U.S. Security Cooperation Dialogue in Washington, DC. Leaders from all members of CARICOM, the Dominican Republic, and non-Caribbean partner nation observers are participating in the event, which serves as a forum for the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI).
CBSI is the result of President Obama's commitment at the Summit of the Americas in Trinidad and Tobago last year to work more closely with the hemisphere on issues of security and justice reform. CBSI compliments the Central America Regional Security and Merida Initiatives. Key goals for this partnership include substantially reducing illicit trafficking, increasing citizen safety, and promoting social justice. Once put into action, the CBSI will be an ongoing collaboration between the United States and Caribbean governments to address security and drug related concerns in the region, as well as make the region safer and more secure for all.