ERIC Number: ED315345
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Central America: Where Do We Go from Here? Report of the Strategy for Peace, U.S. Foreign Policy Conference (29th, Warrenton, Virginia, October 13-15, 1988).
Stanley Foundation, Muscatine, IA.
Over the past 8 years, the debate over U.S. policy in Central America has degenerated into an unproductive partisan clash that has obscured the issues and eliminated the possibility of a bipartisan consensus. Conference participants agreed that Central America, for historic, geographic, economic, and political reasons is of vital interest to the United States and that disengagement is not a viable option. U.S. credibility, in the region and at home, requires a clear set of priorities and congruence between stated and real goals, and it also requires a consensus on the nature of U.S. interests in Central America and how they can be protected and advanced. Defining points of intersection between U.S. goals and interests and those of the Central American countries is also necessary. The group was able to agree on a framework for a workable policy, though not on specific recommendations. The main points of consensus were: (1) The United States must look to revitalize the regional diplomatic option as part of its political agenda. (2) The Central America issue demands immediate attention and should be a top priority. The United States must recognize that it has a stake in the positive resolution of the Central American crisis. (3) Policy must be formed from a bipartisan consensus and must not be implemented without backing from the American people. Whatever policy is agreed upon will work if it is consistent and includes realistic means to achieve realistic ends. A list of conference participants and the conference-opening speech are included. (Author/JB)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Stanley Foundation, Muscatine, IA.
Identifiers - Location: Costa Rica; El Salvador; Guatemala; Honduras; Nicaragua