O’Neil Hamilton is a Visiting Fellow at Stimson and the Regional Coordinator for the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540 in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states. He has served the CARICOM Secretariat and the Government of Jamaica, and advised senior government and security officials in CARICOM member states, in a range of capacities aimed at advancing the strategic security interests of the Caribbean as well as in building necessary related capacity.
He served as special advisor to CARICOM’s Ministerial Subcommittee on Resource Mobilization for Crime and Security, advisor to the CARICOM Council of Ministers Responsible for National Security and Law Enforcement (CONSLE) and Special Advisor to Jamaica’s Minister of National Security. Prior to and during the hosting of Cricket World Cup 2007, Hamilton coordinated the region’s security diplomacy effort on behalf of CARICOM and was seconded to CARICOM’s Ad Hoc Committee on Security for CWC 2007, in which capacity he advised the Ministers of National Security of Barbados and the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, in addition to Jamaica. He also coordinated CARICOM’s International Security Support and Advisory Group (ISAG) which was responsible for sourcing technical assistance from the international community in support of CARICOM’s security preparations.
During his tenure at the Ministry of National Security in Jamaica, Mr. Hamilton was responsible for the development and coordination of all outreach initiatives on behalf of the Government of Jamaica aimed at deepening security cooperation with international entities, as well as with partner governments and defense ministries, with the view to improving port and border security in Jamaica and building capacity in the areas of emergency/mass casualty management. In this regard, Mr. Hamilton was also responsible for all crisis management activities on behalf of the Government of Jamaica and coordinated all public information initiatives by the Jamaican government in support of the CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) as well as all Government of Jamaica submissions relating to a successor agreement to the CARICOM Single Domestic Space (SDS), which facilitated free movement within the region during CWC 2007.
During his tour at the Embassy of Jamaica in Washington, Mr. Hamilton also served as his government’s representative to the 5th Evaluation Round of the Multilateral Evaluation Mechanism (MEM) of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) and has represented CARICOM and the Jamaican government in several capacities at a range of international fora.