Central America's Northern Triangle is at a crossroads. Lack of economic opportunities, insecurity, and gang violence in Central America’s Northern Triangle are forcing migrants to leave at record numbers, with growing apprehensions at the US-Mexico border renewing attention towards US engagement with the region. Just last month, the current administration moved to cut almost $500 million in foreign aid to Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.

Join the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center and the George W. Bush Institute on Tuesday, May 14, for a discussion of the challenges and opportunities in Central America and policy ideas that could create a path to sustained economic growth for the Northern Triangle region.

The event will also welcome to DC the Bush Institute’s Central America Prosperity Project (CAPP), a program that brings together proven and emerging leaders from the Northern Triangle to develop action-oriented strategies for advancing inclusive growth and prosperity in the region. In conjunction with the event, the Bush Institute will release a new report that outlines a focused agenda designed for broad economic impact in Central America. 

Location: Atlantic Council Headquarters, 1030 15th Street NW, 12th Floor Washington, DC 20005

Breakfast and snacks will be served.

Registration is Required

Introductory Remarks

Dr. Pia Orrenius

Vice President

Dallas Federal Reserve Bank

Keynote Conversation

The Hon. Thomas Carper

United States Senator (D-DE)

The Hon. John Cornyn

United States Senator (R-TX)


Jason Marczak

Director, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center

Atlantic Council

Keynote Remarks

Jon E. Piechowski

Deputy Assistant Secretary,

Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs

US Department of State

Panel Discussions

Central America at a Crossroads


Marielos Chang, CAPP member, Guatemala

Alfredo Atancio Cader, CAPP member, El Salvador

Guillermo Peña, CAPP member, Honduras

The Imperative of Financial Inclusion in the Northern Triangle


Juan Carlos Zapata, CAPP member, Guatemala

Claudia Umaña, CAPP member, El Salvador

Kathia Yacaman, CAPP member, Honduras


María Fernanda Pérez Argüello

Associate Director, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center

Atlantic Council

Matthew Rooney

Managing Director, Bush Institute-SMU Economic Growth Initiative

George W. Bush Presidential Center

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