Date of Award

Spring 2019

Document Type

Term Paper




School of Unrestricted Education

Primary Advisor

Dr. Grace Veach


This paper outlines a plausible mechanism whereby the country of Honduras could curtail gang violence within its borders with the eventual intent of exterminating gangs in Honduras. First, the need for such a plan is presented, with current statistics on the violence in Honduras. The paper then explores the possible use of an adapted form of Cold War containment policy against Honduran gangs. This method of containment would work by hindering the activities of the gangs and more importantly by addressing the societal factors that contribute to gang proliferation. It would contain gangs ideologically, economically, and socially, inhibiting their growth by stifling their economy and their supply of new members. This paper reviews anti- gang strategies that have proved ineffective and the reasons for their ineffectiveness. After it explicates the nature of the two main gangs in Honduras, it discusses containment and its history, and how Cold War containment policy could be applied in Honduras. The method, location, and responsibilities of the involved parties are described. Concerns relating to the adaptability of containment are also addressed. Lastly, this paper briefly discusses the current situation in Honduras’s political relationship with the United States.