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Guyana: Building Sustainable Security
October 18

Guyana: Building Sustainable Security

12:30 pm - 01:30 pm. Time zone: America/New_York

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In 2015, oil was found off the coast of the small South American country of Guyana. Since then, successive test wells have confirmed that these reserves are some of the richest oil discoveries in decades.

Oil production, and the revenues it will generate, will transform the country and the region. As chaos continues to grow in its neighbor Venezuela, a growing and more prosperous Guyana could become a linchpin of stability for the greater Caribbean Basin. If properly managed, these new resources could help Guyana become a model for how to build sustainable security and prosperity. For too long, US policy has ignored the interests of the Caribbean and Latin America- seeing it only as a source of problems. During his career, VAdm. Kevin Green, USN (Ret), commanded the naval forces of U.S. Southern Command, responsible for this region. Join ASP for a discussion with Admiral Green about the geopolitical challenges and opportunities presented by the coming oil boom, why American policymakers should be interested, and policy options for both the U.S. and Guyana to ensure sustainable, long-term security.

1201 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC

Lower Lobby Conference Facility

October 18, 2018


Lunch will be served from 12:00-12:30



Kevin Green

Vice Admiral Kevin Green, USN (Ret) served more than thirty years as a naval officer, completing his Navy career as Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Operations, Plans, and Policy at the grade of vice admiral. As DCNO, he coordinated global naval operations, strategic planning, information operations and policy development; and managed service relationships with the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, the National Security Council staff, the US military services, other federal agencies, and allied navies. As a flag officer he commanded Naval Forces U.S. Southern Command, the ABRAHAM LINCOLN Carrier Group, and Naval Training Center Great Lakes, Illinois. Kevin consults with the Defense Science Board, the National Academy of Sciences,  the Council on Foreign Relations, and on behalf of Defense Industry clients as General Manager of Robertson Blodgett Consulting, LLC. He is a member of the American Civil Liberties Union, the U.S Naval Institute, the Surface Navy Association and the American College of National Security Leaders. He serves on the Tuskegee University Board of Trustees and as a director of the Air Force Retired Officers Community.

Sonya Boodoo 

Sonya Boodoo is a Senior Analyst at Rystad Energy focusing on upstream activity. Her experience in the oil and gas sector includes fiscal regime modelling, petroleum economics and exploration geology for E&P companies and consulting companies based in the United Kingdom, Norway and Trinidad. She holds a BSc. In Petroleum Geoscience from the University of the West Indies and an MSc. In Energy Economics from the University of Dundee.


Lisa Viscidi

Lisa Viscidi is the director of the Energy, Climate Change, and Extractive Industries Program at the Inter-American Dialogue. A specialist in Latin American energy issues, Viscidi has written numerous reports and articles on energy policy and regulations, oil and gas markets, climate change, sustainable transport, social and environmental impacts of natural resources development, and the geopolitics of energy in the region. Viscidi conducted her undergraduate work in History at the George Washington University and the University of Barcelona and completed a master’s degree in Latin American Studies with a focus on economic development and public policy from New York University.

Andrew Holland

Andrew Holland is the American Security Project’s Chief Operating Officer. His area of research is on on energy, climate change, trade, and infrastructure policy and how they intersect with national security. For more than 15 years, he has worked at the center of debates about how to achieve sustainable energy security and how to effectively address climate change. He served as Legislative Assistant on Energy, Environment, and Infrastructure for United States Senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska. He holds an MSc. in International Strategy and Economics from the University of St. Andrews and a BA in History and Economics from Wake Forest University.