Security & Strategic Review - April 2021

HONDURAS/GUATEMALA: US-Central America cooperation faces major test

In its US$4bn comprehensive four-year plan for Central America, the new US administration led by President Joe Biden pledges to address the root causes of illegal migration, one of which it identifies as “endemic corruption”. This pledge is coming under serious scrutiny amid renewed concerns about government corruption in Honduras, where President Juan Orlando Hernández is facing new drug-related allegations, and Guatemala, where the election of new constitutional court (CC) justices has also sparked fears. Both cases are raising major question marks over the future of US cooperation with these countries.

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