JANUARY 3–6, 2019

Instability of Central America & the US Response (Part 1)

Introduction to the Region/Northern Triangle/
Historical Perspective

Charles Call, PhD

Associate Professor of International Peace and Conflict Resolution
American University

The Forum heard expert reports on the political, social, and economic situations in the Northern Triangle, comprised of Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras and discussed the implications for the States. Putting the size of the region into perspective, Dr. Call noted that Guatemala is the size of Tennessee, Honduras is similar to Georgia, and El Salvador is the size of Massachusetts.

Trade and the Economies of the Region

Matthew Rooney

Managing Director
Bush Institute-SMU Economic Growth Initiative
George W. Bush Institute

Mr. Rooney served as Counselor during development of the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA). He reported that the Central America had the most skewed income distribution in the world, with those of European origin controlling the wealth and opportunities, to the exclusion of indigenous peoples. CAFTA worked to hasten and strengthen regional economic integration, industrial development, and opportunities to attract Foreign Direct Investments (FDI). Mr. Rooney described the successes and challenges of economic development in the region.

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JANUARY 3–6, 2019

Instability of Central America & the US Response (Part 1)

Introduction to the Region/Northern Triangle/
Historical Perspective

Charles Call, PhD

Associate Professor of International Peace and Conflict Resolution
American University

The Forum heard expert reports on the political, social, and economic situations in the Northern Triangle, comprised of Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras and discussed the implications for the States. Putting the size of the region into perspective, Dr. Call noted that Guatemala is the size of Tennessee, Honduras is similar to Georgia, and El Salvador is the size of Massachusetts.

Trade and the Economies of the Region

Matthew Rooney

Managing Director
Bush Institute-SMU Economic Growth Initiative
George W. Bush Institute

Mr. Rooney served as Counselor during development of the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA). He reported that the Central America had the most skewed income distribution in the world, with those of European origin controlling the wealth and opportunities, to the exclusion of indigenous peoples. CAFTA worked to hasten and strengthen regional economic integration, industrial development, and opportunities to attract Foreign Direct Investments (FDI). Mr. Rooney described the successes and challenges of economic development in the region.

JANUARY 3–6, 2019

Instability of Central America & the US Response (Part 1)

Introduction to the Region/Northern Triangle/
Historical Perspective

Charles Call, PhD

Associate Professor of International Peace and Conflict Resolution
American University

The Forum heard expert reports on the political, social, and economic situations in the Northern Triangle, comprised of Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras and discussed the implications for the States. Putting the size of the region into perspective, Dr. Call noted that Guatemala is the size of Tennessee, Honduras is similar to Georgia, and El Salvador is the size of Massachusetts.

Trade and the Economies of the Region

Matthew Rooney

Managing Director
Bush Institute-SMU Economic Growth Initiative
George W. Bush Institute

Mr. Rooney served as Counselor during development of the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA). He reported that the Central America had the most skewed income distribution in the world, with those of European origin controlling the wealth and opportunities, to the exclusion of indigenous peoples. CAFTA worked to hasten and strengthen regional economic integration, industrial development, and opportunities to attract Foreign Direct Investments (FDI). Mr. Rooney described the successes and challenges of economic development in the region.