Border security subject of workshop today and Tuesday
By David Burge \ El Paso Times
Posted: 04/11/2011 07:24:29 AM MDT
George Grayson from the College of William and Mary spoke about
Mexico's narco violence during Monday's fourth annual Intelligence
Community Center of Academic Excellence Colloquium at the university.
(Victor Calzada / El Paso Times)
Experts from Mexico and the United States are meeting at UTEP today
and Tuesday for a conference on border security.
The fourth annual Intelligence Community Center of Academic
Excellence Colloquium will delve into intelligence and security
issues along the border.
The event is free and open to the public.
U.S. Consul General Dean Haas of the U.S. Consulate in Juárez will be
the keynote speaker today. Latin America expert George W. Grayson, a
professor of government at the College of William & Mary, will also
They'll bring their expertise and provide context and information on
what's happening along the border, including ways to help protect the
There will be panel discussions and talks. The emphasis is on getting
attendees involved in learning more and sharing information.
"This is obviously an area of interest to all people in El Paso,"
said Mark Gorman, program coordinator for the Intelligence and
National Security Studies Program at the University of Texas at El Paso.
"We are a binational city. We'd like to get the perspective from both
sides. We've invited academics and government agency personnel who
are involved in border security issues. We want to get a dialogue
Topics include drug and human trafficking, immigration, terrorism and
The workshop will also be held in conjunction with a graduate
research project that is being done jointly by the students and
faculty at the National Defense
Intelligence College, the University of San Diego and UTEP. UTEP has
another border security conference in the summer.
This week's event will try to provide a different perspective, Gorman
The event is sponsored by the U.S. Office of the Director of National
Intelligence and UTEP's Intelligence and National Security Studies
David Burge may be reached at email@example.com; 546-6126.
What: Fourth annual Intelligence Community Center of Academic
Excellence Colloquium "Intelligence and Security on the U.S.-Mexico
When, where: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today and 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Tuesday at UTEP's El"Paso Natural Gas Conference Center across from
the university library on Wiggins.
Cost: Free. Open to the public.
Parking: Attendees may park at the UTEP parking garage at Sun Bowl
Drive and University Avenue. There is a fee to park.
Information: 747-6180 or 747-8552.