Steve Harris

Steve Harris,

Academy Village Discussion Leader

Wednesday, February 7, 2020,

2:30-4:00 p.m.,

The Arizona Senior Academy Building

Map showing the Northern Triangle Courtesy of Shutterstock

U.S. Relations with the Northern Triangle” will be the third in the 2020 ASA series of Discussions based on materials prepared by the non-partisan Foreign Policy Association (FPA). Now in its second century, this nonprofit was formed “to serve as a catalyst for developing awareness, understanding, and informed opinion on U.S. foreign policy and global issues.”   For each of our eight 90-minute sessions, an Academy Village resident will summarize the issue to be discussed based on briefing material in the Great Decisions Briefing Book and his/her own research, show a short video provided by the FPA, and lead a group discussion.

U.S. Relations with the Northern Triangle” will be the third in the 2020 ASA series of Discussions based on materials prepared by the non-partisan Foreign Policy Association (FPA). Now in its second century, this nonprofit was formed “to serve as a catalyst for developing awareness, understanding, and informed opinion on U.S. foreign policy and global issues.”   For each of our eight 90-minute sessions, an Academy Village resident will summarize the issue to be discussed based on briefing material in the Great Decisions Briefing Book and his/her own research, show a short video provided by the FPA, and lead a group discussion.

The United States has had a dominant presence in Central America for more than a century, but the region received little media and public attention here except during the region’s civil wars in the 1980s. Today, Central America is once again at the center of political debates in the U.S. as a result of rising undocumented immigration from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, also known as the Northern Triangle of Central America (NTCA).  While citizens of NTCA countries have been migrating to the U.S. for decades, a combination of factors including widespread violence and criminality, economic inequality and rural poverty, and the desire to reunite with family members who already live in the U.S. has led to a vast increase in their numbers.  Our discussion will involve regional history, American diplomatic efforts, attempts to democratize the regions, policy responses in the U.S., causes and effects, and what the future may bring.

In his 40-plus years of Federal Service, all with the Department of the Navy, Steve Harris found it useful to keep abreast of world affairs in preparation for whatever he might be tasked with next.  As he was stationed in San Diego, the Eastern Pacific was of specific interest. 

Feb. 5: “U.S. Relations with the Northern Triangle” (Great Decisions)