Democracy In Susan Burgerman's El Salvador

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democracy is to flourish in El Salvador, the government will have to find a way to solve its security dilemma. Most importantly, it will need to figure out how to ensure the safety of its citizens without reverting to repressive authoritarianism. Because of its involvement in the civil war, its connection to the gang problem, and its interest in promoting democracy, the United States has an obligation to give El Salvador major assistance with crime reduction. Susan Burgerman argues that the best way to do this in El Salvador and elsewhere is through long-term commitment to supporting democratic institutions rather than sporadic assistance. As she writes, “Lowering violent crime significantly in poorly performing states requires focused, systemic,

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