Security Conference Panelist Biographies



 Anthony DePalma was the first foreign correspondent of The New York Times to serve as bureau chief in both Mexico and Canada. Starting in 1993, he covered some of the most tumultuous events in modern Mexican history, including the Zapatista uprising, the assassination of the ruling party’s presidential candidate and the peso crisis that quickly spread economic chaos to markets all over the world. In 1996 he was transferred to the other end of America.

In Canada he reported from all ten provinces and three territories, covering natural disasters like the Quebec ice storm and the Red River flood—both once in a century occurrences--the 1997 federal elections that revealed deep regional divisions in Canada, and the historic Indian treaties in British Columbia. In addition, he wrote extensively about the creation of the territory of Nunavut, in which Inuit people formed their own government.

Besides North America, Mr. DePalma has reported from Cuba, Guatemala, Suriname, Guyana, and, during the Kosovo crisis, Montenegro and Albania. His book “Here: A Biography of the New American Continent,” was published in the United States and Canada in 2001. An updated version, with a post 9/11 afterword, was published in 2002.

From 2000 to 2002, Mr. DePalma was an international business correspondent covering North and South America. During his tenure with The Times, he also has held positions in the Metropolitan and National sections of the newspaper. Most recently he has returned to the United States to write about the working class and New York City.




Permanent Representative of México to the OAS

Miguel Ruiz-Cabañas is a member of the Mexican Foreign Service since January lst, 1979. On March 1st, 2001 he presented to the Secretary General of the Organization of the American States his letters of Credence accrediting him as Ambassador/Permanent Representative of Mexico to the OAS. On July l998 he was promoted to the rank of Ambassador of Mexico.  On March 1999 he was appointed Director General for North America in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From September 1995 to March 1999 he was commissioned as Director General for Special Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From February 1993 to August 1995 he was in charge of the Office for Immigration and Border Affairs at the Embassy of Mexico in Washington, D.C.  During his tenure at the Embassy of Mexico he worked on different areas of the bilateral relations, specially in matters related to immigration, environment, drugs control and border issues, between Mexico and the United States of America, Canada and the countries of Central and South America.

 In the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Miguel Ruiz-Cabañas has served as Director for United Nations (1989-1991) and Chief of Advisors for the Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs (1991-1993). From 1981 to 1986 he was commissioned at the Mission of Mexico to United Nations in New York.  He has participated in various international conferences, including different regular sessions of the United Nations General Assembly, ECOSOC, UNICEF and the Commissions on Human Rights and Narcotic Drugs of the U.N. He has been a member of the Mexican Delegation to several sessions of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) of the Organization of American States.

Ambassador Ruiz-Cabañas received his B.A. in International Relations from El Colegio de Mexico (1978) and his Master Degree in Political Science from Columbia University in New York (1986-1988). Miguel Ruiz-Cabañas is an expert on international organizations and in Mexico-United States relations.

He has written and published, both in Mexico and the United States, several articles on different aspects of the bilateral relation between the two countries. Ambassador Miguel Ruiz-Cabañas has been a speaker at different conferences on Mexico's international relations. As a professor on international relations, he has taught at the College of National Defense of the Ministry of Defense, at the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM), at the Universidad Iberoamericana and the Universidad de las Americas.

Ambassador Ruiz-Cabañas is married to Dra. Martha Espinosa Cantellano and have two children.



Joseph S. Tulchin is the Director of the Latin American Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, in Washington, D. C..  As director, he coordinates research on and public discussion of issues of concern to Latin America. The Wilson Center is the preeminent nonpartisan forum in Washington, D.C. bringing together the realms of scholarship and public affairs.  The Latin American Program serves as a bridge between Latin America and the U.S. and promotes the exchange of ideas among persons from governments, international organizations, the media, business, labor, foundations, churches, and the professions, as well as the academic world.  Before moving to Washington, Tulchin was Professor of History and Director of International Programs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He taught at UNC for twenty years and at Yale University before that for seven years.  His areas of expertise are U.S. foreign policy, inter-American relations, contemporary Latin America, strategic planning and social science research methodology. 

Dr. Tulchin was born and raised in New York City.  He holds a B.A. degree, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Amherst College.  He read History at Peterhouse, Cambridge before attending Harvard University where he completed his Ph. D in History in 1965.  While at Yale, he was recognized as an outstanding teacher by the College and was awarded a prize from the Conference on Latin American History of the American Historical Association for one of his articles.  He has taught also at the Naval War College, Newport, RI; the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina; the Ortega y Gasset Foundation, Madrid, Spain; Georgetown University; The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies; several branches of the Latin American Social Science Faculty (FLACSO), and El Colegio de México, Mexico.  He is fluent in Spanish and has made public appearances or taught in nearly every country in Latin America, as well as in Japan, Germany, the Soviet Union, France, the United Kingdom and Spain.  He is a gifted and entertaining public speaker, and appears regularly on television and radio, both in the United States and abroad.  Since coming to Washington in 1990, he has appeared regularly on panels at high-level business seminars such as those organized by the CEO Institutes, the World Economic Development Congress, Capital Insights, the Institute of the Americas and others.

Dr. Tulchin is an active and prominent Latin Americanist.  He was Associate Editor and then Editor of the Latin American Research Review.  He served on the Program Committee of the Latin American Studies Association, and on several national committees of that association and the Conference on Latin American History.  He is often called upon to give testimony to committees of the United States Congress.  He has delivered more than one hundred papers at professional meetings and conferences, and has published fifty scholarly articles, in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian and German.  He has published more than twenty books, including three monographs, on inter-American relations, Latin American affairs, Spanish foreign policy, and international relations.  He was the editor of a pioneering series of monographs on Latin America for Harper and Row, and his book, Latin American Nations in World Politics, edited with Heraldo Muñoz, has become a standard reference work throughout the hemisphere.  His book, Argentina and the United States: A Conflicted Relationship, was a best seller in Argentina for several years.  He is now editor of Current Studies on Latin America for Lynne Rienner Publishers.




Ivelaw L. Griffith is Dean of The Honors College and Professor of Political Science at Florida International University (FIU). A specialist on Caribbean and Inter-American security and narcotics issues, he has published six books, most recently Drugs and Security in the Caribbean: Sovereignty Under Siege (Penn State University Press, 1997) and The Political Economy of Drugs in the Caribbean (Macmillan of London, 2000). He currently is working on Caribbean Security in the Age of Terror.

Dean Griffith also has written articles in several scholarly journals, including Journal of Inter American Studies & World Affairs, Dickinson Journal of International Law, Caribbean Affairs, Journal of Commonwealth & Comparative Politics, Caribbean Studies, University of Miami Law Review, International Journal, Mershon International Studies Review, Caribbean Perspectives, Hemisphere, Latin American Research Review, CARICOM Perspective, Caribbean Quarterly, Naval War College Review, The Round Table, International Journal, Third World Quarterly, Low Intensity Conflict & Law Enforcement and Joint Force Quarterly. His most recent article is in the Summer 2002 edition of Security and Defense Studies Review.

The Royal Military College of Canada and the George Marshall Center for European Security Studies in Germany are among places Dr. Griffith has been a Visiting Scholar, and he has been a consultant to Canada’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, the Organization of American States, USAID, and other bodies. He has lectured at the U.S. Institute for National Strategic Studies, the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies, and the Inter-American Defense College, all in Washington, DC, the U.S. Air Force School of Special Operations and the U. S. Coast Guard in Florida, the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation in Georgia, and at police and military agencies in the Caribbean.

The MacArthur Foundation, the University of Miami’s North-South Center, and FIU have funded his research, and he is a recipient of FIU’s Award for Excellence in Research. Professor Griffith serves on the editorial board of Security and Defense Studies Review, published by the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies at the National Defense University, in Washington, DC, and Caribbean Journal of Criminology and Social Psychology, published by the Center for Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of the West Indies, Trinidad. He has served on the Executive Council of the International Studies Association-South, and is a Past President of the Caribbean Studies Association, comprising over 1,000 scholars in Asia, the Americas, and Europe. Within FIU Dean Griffith is a member of the President’s Council, the Council of Deans, and the Academic Planning Council. He also is Executive Editor of Diversity Exchange Magazine.



Dr. Gully is the Senior Director General, Population and Public Health Branch.  In this position, he works with the Assistant Deputy Minister, PPHB in the management of the Branch to enable it to fulfill its mission and mandate.

Dr. Gully joined Health Canada in 1990 and subsequently held a number of positions within the former Laboratory Centre for Disease Control, Health Protection Branch.  In July 2000, he was appointed the first Director General of the new Centre for Infectious Disease Prevention and Control, PPHB.

Dr. Gully is a physician with specialty training in public health in the United Kingdom and Canada. Prior to training in public health, he worked in the United Kingdom (UK), Zambia, Vancouver and the Northwest Territories.  Before joining Health Canada, Dr. Gully was attached to the UK Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre.  He was also Medical Officer of Health in Saskatoon from 1986-1990.

Dr. Gully has written several publications on infectious disease epidemiology and has held honorary and adjunct academic positions in the UK and Canada.  He still works as a physician at the Sexual Health Centre in the City of Ottawa’s health department on an occasional basis.  He is immediate past-president of the National Specialty Society for Community Medicine.

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