About This Issue
- Fall 2012, Volume 27 Number 1
- The fall 2012 issue of Centerpiece includes summer research summaries of four Undergraduate Associates, a photo essay on recent seminars and conferences, and a memoriam for two important Fellows of the Center. Finally, Steven Press, WCFIA Graduate Student Associate and Research Fellow with the Weatherhead Initiative on Global History (WIGH), presents his article, “Honduran Model-Cities: A Historical Perspective.”
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Main Cover Image: Colorful autumn leaves surround the Knafel building.
Photo credit: Megan Countey
- Honduran Model-Cities: A Historical Perspective
- By Steven Press
- In late 2011, President Porfirio Lobo Sosa of Honduras signed a decree to create a “model city” along the Honduran coast. According to President Lobo, the model city would be a territory with laws made, not by the state of Honduras proper, but rather by a consortium of international companies. To administer civil and criminal justice in this model city, the consortium of companies would contract with the Supreme Court of Mauritius—an African state located thousands of miles away. Meanwhile, the consortium would hire private security forces to do the job of police and law enforcement, in the hope of avoiding the kind of corruption for which the Honduran civil service currently has a reputation.
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