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What the U.S. Should Do in Central America to Stem the Tide

Why are we still experiencing the kinds of migration and dysfunctional state institutions that we’ve been trying to fix since the 1980s? According to Cynthia Arnson and Eric Olson who each testified before the Senate this week, to be successful, the United States must address the most important drivers of this flow and focus on improving the quality of democratic governance, citizen security, and inclusive development in Central America.

Why are we still experiencing the kinds of migration and dysfunctional state institutions that we’ve been trying to fix since the 1980s?

According to Cynthia Arnson and Eric Olson, who each testified before Senate committees this week, to be successful, the United States must address the most important drivers of this flow and focus on improving the quality of democratic governance, citizen security, and inclusive development in Central America.

Read Cynthia Arnson's Testimony>>>>

Read Eric Olson's Testimony>>>>>


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