Guyanese scholar receives award for contribution to Caribbean defense and security

PresidentGriffith_Official2014WASHINGTON, United States, Thursday December 31, 2015 – The William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies, a United States Department of Defense institution for defense and security studies in the Western Hemisphere, has honoured Guyanese Dr. Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith.

He was presented with the ninth annual William J. Perry Award for Excellence in Security and Defense Education, along with Secretary of the Navy of Mexico Admiral Vidal Francisco Soberón Sanz, at a recent ceremony.


Guyanese scholar Dr. Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith (second from left) and Secretary of the Navy of Mexico Admiral Vidal Francisco Soberón Sanz (second from right) receive their awards.


The center said that Dr. Griffith, one of the world’s leading scholars on Caribbean defense and security issues, has demonstrated a strong commitment to furthering hemispheric security and cooperation throughout his distinguished academic career.

Perry Center Dean of Academic Affairs Dr. Scott Tollefson described him as a “tireless ambassador for the Caribbean on matters of security and defense” and emphasized his excellent teaching abilities and innovative research.

“Dr. Griffith has published more than 50 articles and books, and his innovative ideas have fostered the growth of a cooperative international security environment among the nations of the Caribbean Basin,” the center said.

Director of the Perry Center Mark Wilkins said both recipients were deserving of the award.

“Every year, this community of security and defense professionals gathers to recognize those among us who have made exceptional contributions to defense and security education with an honor named for our Center’s founder, the 19th U.S. Secretary of Defense, Dr. William J. Perry. This year’s awardees are no exception; both have spent decades doing the quiet, methodical work in their respective arenas to make our shared hemisphere safer, more secure, and more prosperous,” he said.

“I cannot think of two people who better embody the Perry Center’s unique mission than [these] honorees.”

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