U.S. Government Offers Contradictory Posture on Drug War in Honduras

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Friday, June 26, 2020
Mitchell Beebe

            The United States offers aid to the justice sectors and security forces of many Central American countries as a cornerstone policy to combat trafficking routes through the Northern Triangle.[1] Honduras is one of the most at risk countries in this region, where the illegal drug trade and resulting corruption take a heavy toll on the state’s institutions.[2] Consequently, the continuation and expansion of aid programs to Honduras is seen as critical to success in stabilizing the region and disrupting the flow of narcotics into the United States. The Honduran government recently passed the 2020 Air Sovereignty Law to help ensure the ongoing receipt of this aid and secure access to U.S. narcotics intelligence, but the new law comes amidst a concerning series of events.

[1]U.S. Dep’t of State, Bureau for Int’l Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, Int’l Narcotics Control Strategy Rep. 161 (2020).

[2] See Id. at 159.