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  • Issue Brief posted July 8, 2014 by Ana Quintana U.S. Foreign Assistance to Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador

    Current proposals in Congress would cut foreign assistance in response to the crisis at the border. As Congress considers any measures, it should be careful not to disrupt programs that serve U.S. interests and address the security conditions that have contributed to this problem. In particular, programs such as those run by the Department of Defense and other relevant…

  • Issue Brief posted June 23, 2014 by Ana Quintana Improving Regional Security in Central America’s Northern Triangle

    The recent wave of unaccompanied minors from Central America further proves that the Obama Administration can no longer continue ignoring the security issues of Central America’s Northern Triangle. Rampant levels of crime and violence have reached a critical point, and the U.S. needs to address these issues head on. U.S. security assistance in the region is largely…

  • Issue Brief posted December 31, 2013 by Ana Quintana The United States Needs to Expand Security Cooperation with Honduras

    On January 24, 2014, Honduran President-elect Juan Orlando Hernández is set to take the oath of office. This inauguration comes at a time when the Central American nation is in the midst of the worst security and financial crisis of its existence. Drug trafficking organizations and related violence have elevated murder rates in Honduras to the highest in the world.[1]…

  • Commentary posted December 23, 2013 by Ana Quintana International Criminality and Socialist Alliance Loom in El Salvador's Election

    There are seven weeks left until the presidential election in El Salvador, in which voters will be choosing between candidates with radically different plans for their country’s future. While there are several candidates, three are essentially leading the pack: Norman Quijano, mayor of San Salvador, of the anti-communist, pro-business ARENA party; Salvador Sánchez…

  • Testimony posted May 31, 2011 by Ray Walser, Ph.D. U.S.–Central American Security Cooperation

    Testimony before Caucus on International Narcotics Control United States Senate May 25, 2011 My name is Dr. Ray Walser. I am a Senior Policy Analyst in the Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation. The views I express in this testimony are my own, and should not be…

  • WebMemo posted March 21, 2011 by James M. Roberts, Ray Walser, Ph.D. President Obama in El Salvador: Facing the Central American Challenge

    President Obama’s visit to El Salvador on March 22 concludes his first presidential trip to South and Central America. In El Salvador, he will meet with leftist President Mauricio Funes, visit the tomb of Archbishop Romero, and tour a Mayan ruin. The visit to El Salvador is designed to shore up relations with a country highly representative of the challenges and dilemmas…

  • WebMemo posted March 17, 2011 by Ray Walser, Ph.D. President Obama’s Visit to Latin America: Democracy, Trade, and Security First

    Between March 19 and 23, President Obama will embark on a rapid visit to Brazil, Chile, and El Salvador. This is his first visit to South or Central America as President. Despite considerable fanfare, the trip comes at an awkward time, when global attention is riveted on the tragedy in Japan and continued unrest in the Middle East, particularly Libya’s brutal civil war.…

  • WebMemo posted November 30, 2009 by Ray Walser, Ph.D., James M. Roberts, Israel Ortega U.S. Should Endorse Honduras Elections Results

    On November 29, the people of Honduras took a step toward resolving the five-month political and diplomatic crisis that has divided and impoverished their nation. Voters selected a new president, legislators, and municipal councils through a constitutionally scheduled election process that was universally acknowledged by observers to be free, fair, and transparent. The…

  • WebMemo posted October 30, 2009 by Ray Walser, Ph.D. Honduran Handshake: U.S. Policy Still Needs to Be Better

    On October 30, The New York Times incorrectly proclaimed, "Deal Reached to Restore Ousted [Honduran] President." The real headline should have read: "Deal Reached to Respect Rights of the Honduran People to Decide Their Political Future." Presidential elections will take place in Honduras on November 29. As a result, it is now possible that the Honduran people--not…

  • Play Movie Ray Walser on Fox 5 4/20/09 Video Recorded on April 20, 2009 Ray Walser on Fox 5 4/20/09

    Ray Walser discussing President Obama's trip to Mexico and the Summit of the Americas.…

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  • Issue Brief posted July 8, 2014 by Ana Quintana U.S. Foreign Assistance to Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador

    Current proposals in Congress would cut foreign assistance in response to the crisis at the border. As Congress considers any measures, it should be careful not to disrupt programs that serve U.S. interests and address the security conditions that have contributed to this problem. In particular, programs such as those run by the Department of Defense and other relevant…

  • WebMemo posted October 30, 2009 by Ray Walser, Ph.D. Honduran Handshake: U.S. Policy Still Needs to Be Better

    On October 30, The New York Times incorrectly proclaimed, "Deal Reached to Restore Ousted [Honduran] President." The real headline should have read: "Deal Reached to Respect Rights of the Honduran People to Decide Their Political Future." Presidential elections will take place in Honduras on November 29. As a result, it is now possible that the Honduran people--not…

  • WebMemo posted March 21, 2011 by James M. Roberts, Ray Walser, Ph.D. President Obama in El Salvador: Facing the Central American Challenge

    President Obama’s visit to El Salvador on March 22 concludes his first presidential trip to South and Central America. In El Salvador, he will meet with leftist President Mauricio Funes, visit the tomb of Archbishop Romero, and tour a Mayan ruin. The visit to El Salvador is designed to shore up relations with a country highly representative of the challenges and dilemmas…

  • Commentary posted December 23, 2013 by Ana Quintana International Criminality and Socialist Alliance Loom in El Salvador's Election

    There are seven weeks left until the presidential election in El Salvador, in which voters will be choosing between candidates with radically different plans for their country’s future. While there are several candidates, three are essentially leading the pack: Norman Quijano, mayor of San Salvador, of the anti-communist, pro-business ARENA party; Salvador Sánchez…

  • Issue Brief posted June 23, 2014 by Ana Quintana Improving Regional Security in Central America’s Northern Triangle

    The recent wave of unaccompanied minors from Central America further proves that the Obama Administration can no longer continue ignoring the security issues of Central America’s Northern Triangle. Rampant levels of crime and violence have reached a critical point, and the U.S. needs to address these issues head on. U.S. security assistance in the region is largely…

  • Testimony posted May 31, 2011 by Ray Walser, Ph.D. U.S.–Central American Security Cooperation

    Testimony before Caucus on International Narcotics Control United States Senate May 25, 2011 My name is Dr. Ray Walser. I am a Senior Policy Analyst in the Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation. The views I express in this testimony are my own, and should not be…

  • Issue Brief posted December 31, 2013 by Ana Quintana The United States Needs to Expand Security Cooperation with Honduras

    On January 24, 2014, Honduran President-elect Juan Orlando Hernández is set to take the oath of office. This inauguration comes at a time when the Central American nation is in the midst of the worst security and financial crisis of its existence. Drug trafficking organizations and related violence have elevated murder rates in Honduras to the highest in the world.[1]…

  • WebMemo posted March 17, 2011 by Ray Walser, Ph.D. President Obama’s Visit to Latin America: Democracy, Trade, and Security First

    Between March 19 and 23, President Obama will embark on a rapid visit to Brazil, Chile, and El Salvador. This is his first visit to South or Central America as President. Despite considerable fanfare, the trip comes at an awkward time, when global attention is riveted on the tragedy in Japan and continued unrest in the Middle East, particularly Libya’s brutal civil war.…

  • WebMemo posted November 30, 2009 by Ray Walser, Ph.D., James M. Roberts, Israel Ortega U.S. Should Endorse Honduras Elections Results

    On November 29, the people of Honduras took a step toward resolving the five-month political and diplomatic crisis that has divided and impoverished their nation. Voters selected a new president, legislators, and municipal councils through a constitutionally scheduled election process that was universally acknowledged by observers to be free, fair, and transparent. The…

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  • Issue Brief posted July 8, 2014 by Ana Quintana U.S. Foreign Assistance to Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador

    Current proposals in Congress would cut foreign assistance in response to the crisis at the border. As Congress considers any measures, it should be careful not to disrupt programs that serve U.S. interests and address the security conditions that have contributed to this problem. In particular, programs such as those run by the Department of Defense and other relevant…

  • Issue Brief posted June 23, 2014 by Ana Quintana Improving Regional Security in Central America’s Northern Triangle

    The recent wave of unaccompanied minors from Central America further proves that the Obama Administration can no longer continue ignoring the security issues of Central America’s Northern Triangle. Rampant levels of crime and violence have reached a critical point, and the U.S. needs to address these issues head on. U.S. security assistance in the region is largely…

  • Issue Brief posted December 31, 2013 by Ana Quintana The United States Needs to Expand Security Cooperation with Honduras

    On January 24, 2014, Honduran President-elect Juan Orlando Hernández is set to take the oath of office. This inauguration comes at a time when the Central American nation is in the midst of the worst security and financial crisis of its existence. Drug trafficking organizations and related violence have elevated murder rates in Honduras to the highest in the world.[1]…

  • WebMemo posted March 21, 2011 by James M. Roberts, Ray Walser, Ph.D. President Obama in El Salvador: Facing the Central American Challenge

    President Obama’s visit to El Salvador on March 22 concludes his first presidential trip to South and Central America. In El Salvador, he will meet with leftist President Mauricio Funes, visit the tomb of Archbishop Romero, and tour a Mayan ruin. The visit to El Salvador is designed to shore up relations with a country highly representative of the challenges and dilemmas…

  • WebMemo posted March 17, 2011 by Ray Walser, Ph.D. President Obama’s Visit to Latin America: Democracy, Trade, and Security First

    Between March 19 and 23, President Obama will embark on a rapid visit to Brazil, Chile, and El Salvador. This is his first visit to South or Central America as President. Despite considerable fanfare, the trip comes at an awkward time, when global attention is riveted on the tragedy in Japan and continued unrest in the Middle East, particularly Libya’s brutal civil war.…

  • WebMemo posted November 30, 2009 by Ray Walser, Ph.D., James M. Roberts, Israel Ortega U.S. Should Endorse Honduras Elections Results

    On November 29, the people of Honduras took a step toward resolving the five-month political and diplomatic crisis that has divided and impoverished their nation. Voters selected a new president, legislators, and municipal councils through a constitutionally scheduled election process that was universally acknowledged by observers to be free, fair, and transparent. The…

  • WebMemo posted October 30, 2009 by Ray Walser, Ph.D. Honduran Handshake: U.S. Policy Still Needs to Be Better

    On October 30, The New York Times incorrectly proclaimed, "Deal Reached to Restore Ousted [Honduran] President." The real headline should have read: "Deal Reached to Respect Rights of the Honduran People to Decide Their Political Future." Presidential elections will take place in Honduras on November 29. As a result, it is now possible that the Honduran people--not…

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Find more work on Central America