The Northern Triangle Advisory Group
The Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center–in partnership with DT Institute–launched the Northern Triangle Advisory Group (NTAG) in February 2021 to inform and generate support for new policy solutions to longstanding challenges facing Northern Central America. NTAG has played a critical role in informing the international community on the key priorities to accelerate inclusive economic opportunity, combat corruption and strengthen rule of law, as well as address instability in Central America. Data-driven policy recommendations from NTAG can be found in our three recent policy briefs.
Insight and analysis
Our past events
Issue BriefSep 1, 2021
Addressing instability in Central America: Restrictions on civil liberties, violence, and climate change
By María Fernanda Bozmoski, María Eugenia Brizuela de Avila, Domingo Sadurní
Citizens across Latin America and the Caribbean are rising up in protest. Political frustration and economic stagnation are fueling social discontent exacerbated by the continued COVID-19 pandemic and the slow health response. In Central America, restrictions on civil liberties, high rates of gender-based violence and extortion, and worsening climate change are compounding the lack of economic opportunities and pervasive corruption seen in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.
In the NewsJun 10, 2021
Kroenig joins KNX 1070 to discuss Biden’s upcoming trip to Europe and Harris’ recent trip to Central America.
By Atlantic Council
Scowcroft Center deputy director Matthew Kroenig appeared on KNX 1070 Radio to preview President Biden’s trip to Europe, where he’ll meet the Queen and Vladimir Putin; and to recap Vice President Harris’ trip to Central America and Mexico for which she received plenty of criticism from both her right and left flanks.
Issue BriefMay 26, 2021
Combatting corruption in the Northern Triangle: Prioritizing a whole-of-society approach
By María Fernanda Bozmoski, Carlos Hernández, Roberto Rubio and Domingo Sadurní
Public corruption and weak rule of law are arguably the most persistent and long-standing challenges for strengthening democratic institutions and sustaining inclusive economic development in the Northern Triangle. Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador have grappled with widespread corruption that has fueled mistrust in political and wealthy elites, eroded democratic norms, exacerbated poverty, widened social inequality, and contributed to the conditions that force migrants to leave their homes.
New AtlanticistApr 30, 2021
Raising ambitions: How Latin America and the Caribbean is tackling the climate crisis
By Valentina Sader
The Americas are a crucial player in coordinated efforts to tackle global climate change, so we asked experts from the Atlantic Council and elsewhere to lay out what’s next.
Fast ThinkingApr 13, 2021
FAST THINKING: Why economic development is key to addressing the migration crisis at the US border
By Atlantic Council
On this episode of Fast Thinking, Atlantic Council experts Rebecca Scheurer and Jason Marczak dive into the root causes of mass emigration from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, and offer recommendations for long-term solutions to the underlying push factors that drive people from their homes—including crime, gang violence, corruption, and climate change.
New AtlanticistDec 3, 2020
A budget roils a nation. What’s happening in Guatemala?
By María Fernanda Bozmoski
The Guatemalan Congress went up in smoke, literally, on November 21, when massive protests broke out against a draft budget that was negotiated behind closed doors, with limited input from civil society, and that proposed cuts in funding for COVID-19 and human rights agencies as the country battles the virus, unemployment, and corruption.
Past eventsOct 6, 2020
Central America economic reactivation: Finding opportunities in a COVID-19 world
On September 29, the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center hosted an event to discuss Central America’s economic reactivation in the context of COVID-19 and how countries can take advantage of the demographic bonus of a large working-age population, attract nearshoring opportunities, and renew momentum towards regional integration.
Issue BriefSep 28, 2020
Central America Economic Reactivation in a COVID-19 World: Finding Sustainable Opportunities in Uncertain Times
By María Eugenia Brizuela de Ávila, Laura Chinchilla Miranda, María Fernanda Bozmoski, and Domingo Sadurní
By: María Eugenia Brizuela de Ávila, Laura Chinchilla Miranda, María Fernanda Bozmoski, and Domingo Sadurní Contributing authors: Enrique Bolaños and Salvador Paiz Foreword As the coronavirus pandemic rages on, countries around the world face an unprecedented test: concurrent public health and economic crises coupled with the resulting political and social reverberations. In Central America, the […]