Kevin M. Jeram
Security is a pre-condition for sustainable development. U.S. foreign assistance and training programs targeted at reforming and professionalizing Mexican and Central American law enforcement institutions in order to improve security in the region have been largely ineffective. Merida Initiative and CARSI funding utilized to purchase equipment and provide training and technical assistance has had a questionable return on investment as these initiatives are being undermined by pervasive corruption. In addition, the implementation of these training programs have been uncoordinated and confused by the US government.