May 20

Past Event

A Conversation on the Future of Central America: The Challenges of Insecurity and Trade


Looking toward the future, Central America faces many challenges. Escalating waves of insecurity and a tide of questions regarding the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement continue to grip the region, at times in ways that threaten its long-term viability.

On May 20, the Latin America Initiative at Brookings and the Central American Bank for Economic Integration hosted a discussion on the current and future prospects of Central America, featuring a keynote address by Laura Chinchilla, president of the Republic of Costa Rica. Panelists discussed reducing criminal violence levels in the region, trade and deepening Central America’s economic integration in the world. This is the first in a series of events focusing on the current and future prospects of Central America.

After each panel, participants took audience questions.

Event Agenda

  • 8:30 AM -- Welcome and Introduction

    • Mauricio Cárdenas


      Senior Fellow

    • Nick Rischbieth


      Central American Bank for Economic Integration

  • 8:45 AM -- Panel 1: The Challenges of Citizen Insecurity and Organized Crime in Central America

    • Carlos Castresana

      Attorney General, Supreme Court of Spain

      Former Head, UN International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala

    • Brian Nichols

      U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs

      U.S. Department of State

    • Albert Ramdin

      Assistant Secretary General

      Organization of American States

  • 12:00 PM -- Keynote Address

    • Laura Chinchilla


      Republic of Costa Rica


May 20, 2011

8:30 AM - 1:00 PM EDT

The Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW


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