Three Reasons to Be Optimistic About Central American Democracy

By Luis Guillermo Solís

Youth movements, women and international cooperation show the way to escape the region’s dire situation.

It may be a new year, but unfortunately, pessimism remains the general rule in Central America. With dictatorship in Nicaragua, an increasingly authoritarian regime in El Salvador and highly dysfunctional political systems unable to resist organized crime in Guatemala and Honduras, the Central American region endures its darkest hours since the signing of the Esquipulas Peace Accords in 1987.  One of the most violent regions in the hemisphere, the Central American nations – with the possible exceptions of Costa Rica and Panama – have not been able to establish solid public...

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