Director Cynthia J. Arnson remarks on the important role that the United States has in peace-building initiatives in Latin America. She argues that countries that have a history of internal armed conflicts and rampant violence tend to suffer from shortcomings in extending socio-political inclusion to its most disadvantaged citizens. Arnson posits that Latin American states not only have to ensure that they have a robust police/military presence in the most remote regions of their respective countries, but that this must be accompanied by infrastructure-building efforts that construct roads, hospitals and schools. She emphasizes the pressing need to engage the most downtrodden members on society in Latin America in the hopes of creating solid channels of civic participation.

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