Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

CIAO DATE: 01/2010

Colleagues for the America's Seminar with General Douglas Fraser, USAF

Col Jay Cope

November 2009

Institute for National Strategic Studies


Based on 5 busy months as commander, U.S. Southern Command, including visits to eight countries, General Douglas Fraser shared his impressions of opportunities and challenges in Central and South America and the Caribbean. He set the stage for his emphasis on cooperation by discussing geographical, economic, cultural, and military-to-military linkages between the United States and its southern neighbors, citing numerous examples of collaboration, particularly among the armed forces.