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Beyond Guatemala, U.S. Anti-Graft Efforts Could Encounter Resistance

MIN READOct 25, 2015 | 13:25 GMT

A group of some 20 men arrested for alleged smuggling and tax fraud sit in a security cell during a court hearing in Guatemala City.

(JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

The United States' primary interests in Guatemala are countering narcotics and human smuggling and enabling the development of credible state institutions. For these reasons, the United States will continue to influence the new Guatemalan government through the use of international anti-corruption commissions such as the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG). But despite the commission's success in Guatemala, any attempt Washington makes to replicate CICIG's model in Honduras and El Salvador will face resistance from the political elite in those countries....

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