Alan Bersin

Covington & Burling LLP, Policy Consultant at Covington & Burling; Former Assistant Secretary in the Office of Policy at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; former Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Alan Bersin served between 2012 and 2017 as Assistant Secretary in the Office of Policy at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Alan was responsible for overseeing the Department’s policy formulation function in the areas of border security and trade, cyber, critical infrastructure and resilience, threat prevention and security policy and strategy, and plans and risk assessments. As Chief Diplomatic Officer for DHS, Alan led the Department’s international engagement and served as the principal advisor to the Secretary on all international affairs and functions; oversaw the strategic development and execution of the Department’s international policies and plans; facilitated DHS multilateral, regional, and bilateral relations with foreign governments, law enforcement agencies, and international organizations to ensure an integrated transnational affairs program for the Department; served as the lead Departmental representative in interagency policy deliberations affecting foreign relations; and served as the Departmental interlocutor with the Department of State and the foreign affairs community, including foreign governments and international organizations. Alan was also the former Vice President of INTERPOL for the Americas Region.

Alan is speaking at

June 2, 2021
9:15 am - 10:45 am

Speakers

  • Eric Olson (Panelist) Director of Policy & Strategic Initiatives, Seattle International Foundation
  • David Shirk (Moderator) full professor and chair of the Department of Political Science and International Relations, University of San Diego
  • Alan Bersin (Panelist) Covington & Burling LLP, Policy Consultant at Covington & Burling; Former Assistant Secretary in the Office of Policy at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; former Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • Arnau Baulenas Bardia (Panelist) Legal Coordinator, Instituto de Derechos Humanos de la Universidad Centroamericana José Simeón Cañas, El Salvador.
  • Adriana Beltrán (Speaker) Washington Office for Latin America (WOLA), Director for Citizen Security

Description

Security, justice and good governance are integral to  Central America’s  hopes for sustained economic recovery.  Our panelists will discuss the multi-dimensional aspects of security issues in the Northern Triangle region including  challenges of growing narco-violence, the influence of organized crime, weak governance and collapsing rule of law.  Panelists will examine proposed U.S. strategies for addressing some of these root cause factors that are triggering the northbound migration of Central Americans to the southern border of the United States.

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