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Two decades after the end of the Cold War and a restoration of peace, Central America faces unrelenting challenges that threaten the region’s health. From Nicaragua currently fractured by President Daniel Ortega’s quest for a third term and Guatemala rendered increasingly ungovernable by drug lords to a polarized Honduras recovering from last year’s constitutional crisis and El Salvador with its unique experiment in leftist government, the Central American situation appears problematic. In the 1980s, Washington judged developments in Central America critical to U.S. interests. In 2010, Central America is largely an afterthought, a troublesome region rife with crime, conflict, and potential immigrants but well down on the policy agenda. Professor Cruz’s presentation and the panel discussion will help clarify thinking and demonstrate why the fate of Central America and its 40 million citizens should be a matter of concern for the United States today.
More About the Speakers
Ambassador Arturo Cruz
Former Ambassador of Nicaragua to United States and Professor of Political Affairs, Instituto Centroamericano de Administración de Empresas (INCAE)
Followed by a Panel Discussion with
Ambassador Otto Reich
Former Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs and President, Otto Reich Associates, LLC
Ambassador Cris Arcos
Former Ambassador to Honduras and Senior Advisor, Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies, National Defense University
International Affairs Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
Ray Walser, Ph.D.
Senior Policy Analyst