A Conversation with Juan Orlando Hernández

Ben Raderstorf / Inter-American Dialogue

On July 13, 2016, the Inter-American Dialogue held a private conversation with Juan Orlando Hernández, President of Honduras. Members of NGOs, the private sector, and Honduras’ government came together to discuss the condition of rule of law, security, and the economy in the country, with a special focus on the development and implications of the Alliance for Prosperity.

With the Alliance for Prosperity pact between El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras supported by the US Congress, there has been considerable effort to overcome obstacles to development in the Northern Triangle, including security efforts to combat drug-trafficking. The meeting with President Hernández focused on the state of US-Honduran relations and the willingness of both sides to engage in an open dialogue towards the implementation of the Alliance for Prosperity.  While many challenges remain, the roadmap for cooperation has been laid out, marking a historical change in the right direction for US-Central American relations.