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Central America's Northern Triangle: Challenges for U.S. Policymakers in 2021 [Updated May 13, 2021]   [open pdf - 769KB]

From the Document: "El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, located in the Northern Triangle region of Central America, have long struggled with high levels of poverty and inequality, widespread insecurity, and fragile democratic institutions. Already-difficult living conditions have worsened over the past year due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and two hurricanes. The International Monetary Fund estimates [hyperlink] the Salvadoran economy contracted by nearly 8.6% in 2020 and the Honduran and Guatemalan economies contracted by 8.0% and 1.5%, respectively. Nearly 1 million [hyperlink] Salvadorans, 3.1 million [hyperlink] Hondurans, and 3.7 million [hyperlink] Guatemalans are contending with crisis or emergency levels of food insecurity. Although the pandemic and government lockdowns initially disrupted criminal activities, reports suggest [hyperlink] domestic violence increased and gangs and illicit trafficking groups quickly adapted to the changed circumstances. Amid these challenges, the Northern Triangle governments have sought to undermine [hyperlink] anti-corruption efforts, weaken [hyperlink] judicial independence, and consolidate power [hyperlink], in the view of many analysts."

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CRS Insight, IN11603
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2021-05-13
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