Drought and extreme weather events in Central America have repercussions that affect stability and security on the U.S. border. Water insecurity exacerbates food security issues, which in turn has multiple trickle down effects. Livelihoods are affected, which contributes to migration within and across borders, and can in turn inflame conflict, weaken governance, and create footholds for drug cartels. Ensuring that Central American countries have solutions to food and water security challenges is paramount to continued stability and sustainability in the region.
This panel explores the challenges posed by the convergence of adverse weather events, capture of natural resources by elites, rise in levels of violence, and the weakening of the rule of law for U.S. interests in the region and the security of U.S. borders.
Date: January 25, 2017
When: 9:30-11:30 AM
Where: 6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center