Crime and violence in the Northern Triangle is a regional issue that requires a collective response to the structural factors driving it: weak state capacity, corruption within police forces and the judiciary, and insufficient data. Deporting refugees back to the region doesn’t help.
Rumors have circulated that President Trump may not attend the 8th Summit of the Americas when it meets in Lima this April. If true, it will be more evidence of a careless (or willful) ceding of goodwill and leadership in our neighborhood.
Brazil faces more challenges protecting its borders than almost any other country in the world. As the country seeks to assert itself as a regional power, measured military collaboration with the U.S. is important for domestic and regional stability.
In short order the Guatemalan Congress passed a series of laws to protect criminals, including the president and his family. While some political leaders are having second thoughts, the U.S. is considering sanctions.
Even in the countries the administration is supposedly focused on, the U.S. State Department has been MIA. Whether in appointments, announcements or vision, Tillerson and his team have left an unprecedented vacuum.