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Peruvian Minister of Defense Speaks to CHDS on Peruvian Defense and Security Strategy
On March 27, Peruvian Minister of Defense Alberto Otárola Peñaranda visited NDU and CHDS, as part of an official visit to the United States, which will include a meeting with Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta. Minister Otárola was greeted by CHDS Director Dr. Richard Downie and RADM Douglas McAneny, USN, Commandant of the National War College. Minister Otárola then joined Dr. Downie and a number of representatives from Peru, the U.S. military, the CHDS faculty, and security-related institutions from around Washington, D.C., for a roundtable discussion on “Peruvian Defense and Security Strategy.” During his visit to the United States, Minister Otárola repeatedly emphasized his desire for a peaceful Peru.
The roundtable was followed by a visit to a class of students attending the Strategy and Defense Policy course at CHDS, where he unveiled a portrait of Tupac Amaru II, a gift to CHDS. Túpac Amaru II was a leader of an indigenous uprising in 1780 against the Spanish in Peru and became a symbol of the Peruvian struggle for independence.
Minister Otárola has been Peru’s Minister of Defense since December 11, 2011, before which he held the post of Deputy Minister of Internal Order in the Ministry of the Interior.