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Recap: Hemispheric Forum on violence in Central America
On Wednesday, March 20, CHDS hosted a panel discussion entitled Reducing Violence in Central America: Citizen Security/The El Salvador Experiment. The Forum was presented to an audience of more than 80 individuals in National Defense University’s Abraham Lincoln Hall and livestreamed through the internet to an even wider international audience. The Forum was moderated by Professor Celina Realuyo, CHDS Assistant Professor of National Security Affairs. Panelists included: Ambassador Francisco Roberto Altschul Fuentes, El Salvador’s Ambassador to the United States; Dr. Diana Villiers Negroponte, Nonresident Senior Fellow with the Latin America Initiative at the Brookings Institution; Ms. Clare Ribando Seelke, Specialist in Latin America at the Congressional Research Service; Mr. Eric L. Olson, Associate Director of the Latin American Program, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; and Mr. Steven Dudley, Co-Director, Insight Crime.
The panelists expressed a wide range of opinions on the success of El Salvador’s ongoing truce between two of that country’s major gangs. They debated issues such as the strength of the connection between the criminal behavior of the gangs and the presence of transnational criminal organizations in Central America; the current levels of U.S. aid to the region (including CARSI); and the myriad other challenges affecting citizen security in El Salvador and its neighbors. For more information, please visit the CHDS Digital Collection and download the official (English language) Event Summary. When available, the Hemispheric Forum can also be viewed at the CHDS Video Archive in both English and Spanish.