O’Neil Hamilton is a Nonresident Fellow with the Partnerships in Proliferation Prevention program at Stimson. He is the Regional Coordinator for the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540 in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Member States and the Caribbean Focal Point for the United Nations Counter-terrorism Executive Directorate (CTED). An experienced security policy professional and diplomat, he has served the CARICOM Secretariat and the Government of Jamaica in several capacities, and has advised senior government and security officials in CARICOM Member States, in a range of areas related to disarmament, non-proliferation and regional security.
In his current capacity, he is responsible for regional efforts to counter proliferation, through the enactment of strategic trade legislation, attendant regulations and export controls to prevent the use of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) materials in the development and delivery of weapons of mass destruction, within the Caribbean.
He also coordinates several major capacity-building initiatives throughout the Caribbean to prevent CBRN-terrorism, in partnership with the United Nations 1540 Committee, the United Nations Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee and the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs, all aimed at building overall enforcement capacity and improving detection, identification and interdiction capabilities. He is also responsible for the development of legislative measures in CARICOM Member States to meet Recommendations 6 & 7 of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) to prevent terrorism and proliferation financing.
Mr. Hamilton has previously 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, he coordinated the region’s security-diplomacy and was seconded to CARICOM’s Ad Hoc Committee on Security, in which capacity he advised the Ministers of National Security of Barbados and the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.
During his tour at the Embassy of Jamaica in Washington, Mr. Hamilton also served as the Jamaican government’s representative to the 5th Evaluation Round of the Multilateral Evaluation Mechanism (MEM) of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD).
At present he serves on several governing boards for a range of regional entities related to counter-proliferation and health security including the Center for Biosecurity Studies at the University of the West Indies and the Regional Coordinating Machinery for Health Security of the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA).