Responding to the Crisis in the Northern Triangle

May 15, 2019 - 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
1201 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004
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The Duke Center for International Development (DCID), the Duke University Center for International and Global Studies (DUCIGS), and the Duke Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) hosted a one-day workshop on Central America’s Northern Triangle. Experts explored the underlying causes of recent migration from the region, and policy responses to address the economic and social impacts both in the region and in the United States. 

Keynote: Ambassador James Nealon, Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security (2017-2018) and U.S. Ambassador to Honduras (2014-2017)

Ambassador James Nealson

James D. Nealon retired in 2018 after 34 years with the federal government – 33 as a Foreign Service Officer, and the last year at the Department of Homeland Security. His recent assignments included Assistant Secretary for International Affairs at DHS; U.S. Ambassador to Honduras from 2014 to 2017; and Civilian Deputy to the Commander of U.S. Southern Command in Miami from 2013 to 2014. Nealon served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassies in Ottawa, Lima and Montevideo, and as Charge d’Affaires in Montevideo from 2005 to 2006. He also served overseas in Chile, the Philippines, Hungary, and Spain in various public diplomacy positions. He is a graduate of Brown University with a degree in History. Jim and his wife Kristin, a teacher, have been married since 1982 and have four adult children. They currently live in Exeter, New Hampshire where Jim writes and speaks on immigration and U.S. policy in Central America, and prepares to ride his bicycle across the United States beginning on June 2.

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  • Duke University Center for International and Global Studies
  • Rethinking Development Seminar Series