Exploring Policy Solutions for the Northern Triangle Crisis

Exploring Policy Solutions for the Northern Triangle Crisis

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I’m Sarah Bermeo. I’m an associate professor
of public policy and political science at the Sanford School at Duke University
and the Associate Director of the Duke Center for International Development.
We’re here today to host a workshop on the crisis in the Northern Triangle
which are the countries of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. This is a
complicated crisis. So there are several things going on at once. The most
prominent one is the level of violence in these countries. These are three of
the most violent countries in the world and they have some of the most violent
cities in the world. Layered on top of that is a secondary crisis that is being
caused by drought related to climate change, which is creating extreme food
insecurity in the region. It’s a humanitarian crisis at the U.S.-Mexico
border. We’re seeing increased incidents of disease. We’re seeing increased incidence
of violence on the Mexican side of the border but not on the US side of the
border. And so there is certainly a crisis there but it is not a crisis of
violence in the U.S. side of the border. I think we need to start addressing the
problem in the Northern Triangle more strongly than we have been because what
we’re seeing right now coming to the United States is a series of forced
migrations. These are people who under normal circumstances,
even given the economic differences between the countries would not have
chosen to flee their home. They’re fleeing because they’re subject to
violence. They’re fleeing because they’re subject to extreme food insecurity and
if we can address those issues at their base, at the root causes of this forced
migration people will be able to remain in their homes and not feel the need to
leave and travel thousands of miles, often on foot in order to reach the United
States border. Duke can play a couple of roles in this issue area. First we can
bring our own academic expertise to this. So there are people at Duke who are
experts on foreign aid or on development or on Central America or Latin America
more broadly, so we can certainly bring that perspective. The other thing that
universities like Duke can do is use convening power, bringing people together.
Experts from lots of different areas who will come together to spend a
day talking about an important issue, like the crisis in the Northern Triangle,
and that can increase the impact for both our own research that we are doing at Duke, but also the knowledge that we get from interacting with people who are not
typically in academia.

2 thoughts on “Exploring Policy Solutions for the Northern Triangle Crisis

  1. 💦 water first for countries. Death 💀 is death but death by no natural resources? Some countries just need to watch Mel Gibson’s Movie the Patriot. And or create there on . You can only lead a horse to water .

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