Wednesday, June 2
Addressing Security, Justice & Governance Issues in Central America
Wednesday, June 2
9:15 am - 10:45 am
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  • Eric Olson (Panelist) Director of Policy & Strategic Initiatives, Seattle International Foundation
  • David Shirk (Moderator) full professor and chair of the Department of Political Science and International Relations, University of San Diego
  • Alan Bersin (Panelist) Covington & Burling LLP, Policy Consultant at Covington & Burling; Former Assistant Secretary in the Office of Policy at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; former Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • Arnau Baulenas Bardia (Panelist) Legal Coordinator, Instituto de Derechos Humanos de la Universidad Centroamericana José Simeón Cañas, El Salvador.
  • Adriana Beltrán (Speaker) Washington Office for Latin America (WOLA), Director for Citizen Security


Security, justice and good governance are integral to  Central America’s  hopes for sustained economic recovery.  Our panelists will discuss the multi-dimensional aspects of security issues in the Northern Triangle region including  challenges of growing narco-violence, the influence of organized crime, weak governance and collapsing rule of law.  Panelists will examine proposed U.S. strategies for addressing some of these root cause factors that are triggering the northbound migration of Central Americans to the southern border of the United States.

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