Chema-talk-flyer-179x300On Sept. 12, Beyond Conflict was pleased to host a talk at the Boston Bar Association by Jose Maria Argueta, a member of Beyond Conflict’s International Advisory Board and current head of Strategic Intelligence in the Republic of Guatemala. Mr. Argueta offered insight into why Guatemala is plagued by such pervasive violence and poverty – namely, the power in the national decision-making process is not shared equally by all citizens. Instead, as with many partially formed democracies, economic elites exhibit undue influence over the mechanisms of national governance and opportunities for economic development. Mr. Argueta offered ideas about how the government can its citizens.