Non-state actors threaten Central America’s democracies

Three decades ago, the United States decided it could best help the countries of Central America thwart Soviet- and Cuban-supported guerrilla movements by promoting democracy and economic development, says a leading analyst.

Thirty years later, democracy and peace in Central America are again at risk, Council on Foreign Relations fellow Elliot Abrams writes:

The region’s challenges today are less about ideology than about criminality and corruption that threaten to undermine democratic institutions, the rule of law …. This time the foreign intervention is from immensely wealthy criminal gangs.


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