UTEP kicks off annual National Security Colloquium


UTEP kicked off its annual National Security Colloquium this week. The theme of this year’s event focuses on “Intelligence in the Non-English Speaking World.”

“Understanding how they’re organized, understanding how they operate, their history, is critical in terms of U.S. Security,” Director of the National Security Studies Institute at UTEP Dr. Larry Valero tells KTSM. 

Security experts around the globe joined UTEP students to present their research which ranged from the drug war in Mexico to focusing on Morocco’s intelligence and crypto currency. 

“We have to find new ways to have better communication channels. So we can do something as block of countries and have bilateral and bi-national efforts to end the drug war,” UTEP grad student Luis Mendez said.

This is the fourth year of the Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence at UTEP. Some of these scholars were assembled abroad from nations like Mexico, Spain, and the Netherlands.

“This presents an opportunity to address these matters in a very clear, thoughtful, analytic, type of approach which in today’s politically charged atmosphere is not always done,” Valero explained.

The two-day meeting will continue tomorrow and focus on other nations such as China, North Korea, and Russia. 

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