Honduras has exited fragility, but current trends raise concerns that the country may be stuck in a legitimacy trap or that conditions may worsen in the state, leading to continued or increased violence and impunity. Honduras’ legitimacy trap emerges from the consolidation of authority through an increase in authoritarianism and inequality under the guise of securitization. Widespread impunity for violence and crimes, coupled with extensive corruption – both of which extend to the government – undermine legitimacy.

Honduras Fragile State Analysis and Policy Options