Ambassador
Curtis A. Ward

Ambassador Curtis A. Ward

Ambassador Curtis A. Ward is an attorney at law and international consultant specializing in national and international security law and policy; geopolitical strategy analyses and risk assessments; legal requirements to implement international sanctions; government relations; and advising on international business development and transactions.

Ambassador Ward, also, is Adjunct Professorial Lecturer at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, Washington DC/USA (Subjects: International Sanctions, Design, and Implementation; Counter-terrorism; and International Organizations & International Norms); and is Adjunct Professor at the Homeland Security Graduate Program, University of the District of Columbia, Washington DC/USA (Subjects: Terrorism & Counterterrorism; and Intelligence & Security).

Ambassador Ward has visited over 30 countries for meetings and discussions with high-level government officials, and has participated in dozens of fora as keynote speaker, panelist, and roundtable participant, and has written on the subjects of global security, terrorism-counterterrorism, money laundering and terrorist financing, peace and security, international sanctions, rule of law and governance, peacekeeping, the role of the United Nations.

Ambassador Ward’s professional experience has spanned a broad spectrum of disciplines: serving as Ambassador/Deputy Permanent Representative of Jamaica on the United Nations Security Council (2000–2001), where he also undertook a number of special assignments – as Chairman of the Security Council Ad Hoc Committee on the Brahimi Report on United Nations Peace Operations; as the first Chairman of the Security Council Working Group on Peacekeeping Operations; andas a member of the Security Council Mission to the Great Lakes Region of Africa.  

After leaving the Security Council, Ambassador Ward served as Expert Adviser and Liaison with Regional and International Organizations (2002-2005) to the UN Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee where he developed and promoted the CTC counterterrorism capacity-building technical assistance facilitation program; subsequently, as Senior Research Consultant, Security Council Report, New York, (a Columbia University affiliated NGO) on the UN Security Council sanctions and counter-terrorism subsidiary bodies (2005-2008); asConsultant  to the UN Office of the Special Adviser on Africa,  he evaluated and assessed the progress of, and institutional framework for legal and operational anti-terrorism implementation and capacity-building requirements in Africa, and prepared report on “Africa and International Counter-Terrorism Imperatives” (2010-2011); as Team Leader/Head of Mission of a Joint United Nations-Economic Community of West African States (UN-ECOWAS) Fact-Finding Mission, (Aug 2008–Apr 2009), leading a fact-finding team to determine the circumstances surrounding the untimely deaths and/or disappearances of over 50 West Africans during 2005; as UN Security Council Resource Facilitator for the Geneva Center for Security Policy Annual Geneva Games, Geneva, Switzerland in March of each year (2007–2012).

Ambassador Ward servedas Counter Terrorism Expert Participant – International Peace Institute’s Task Forces on Strengthening Multilateral Security Capacity – Global Terrorism (2008);  participant in IPI’s Retreat to examine Peace and Security Threats to Latin America and the Caribbean (2009); Counter Terrorism Expert Participant – United Nations Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA), Expert Group Meeting on African Perspectives on International Terrorism, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (June 2009);as Chairman, Working Group 2, Stockholm Process on Implementation of Targeted Sanctions (Feb – Nov 2002); and as active participant in Germany’s Bonn-Berlin Process on targeted sanctions.

In response to my recent article, Assessing the Security Agenda in United States–Caribbean Relations, I was asked to consider the current bilateral political issues between the United States and Venezuela and their implications for the Caribbean. As the Caribbean region is impacted by the political, economic, and security responses of the...Full Article »
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There are new and developing trends which suggest grave danger to Caribbean societies. Increased drug trafficking through the region, the threat of diminishing security assistance, and signs of radicalisation leading to violent extremism threatens Caribbean societies. Understanding what is at stake calls for proactive engagement, action if you...Full Article »
The Obama Administration has taken steps to create a new dynamic in U.S. –Nigeria relations, by designating Boko Haram and Ansaru (a 2012 splinter group from Boko Haram) as Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTOs) and as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs)....Full Article »
There are many positives in United States–Nigeria relations. For the most part, the Obama administration and the Nigerian government enjoy very good relations; they share many common objectives and interests in West Africa and on the continent in general. There is a great deal of cooperation and collaboration on peace and security issues,...Full Article »
The U.S. State Department, in 2012, contrary to the exhortation of some members of Congress, did not designate Boko Haram, a Nigerian "extremist jihadist" group, as international terrorists. Secretary John Kerry, adhering to the same criteria that existed under his predecessor, should continue this policy. There is no credible evidence tying...Full Article »