We just started talking about Central America in my Latin American Politics course. I begin by discussing some of the issues that all the countries face, then explain the ways in which Costa Rica is exceptional. The idea that Costa Rica is different is pretty deeply ingrained, so in recent years it has been disconcerting to see more exceptions to that exceptionalism. From InSight:
Just another example of how overwhelming the drug trade can be. A troubling addition is that DTOs have latched on to remittance financial institutions as a way to launder money. Governments have been working for years to make it easier to send remittances, which then opens up the door to illegal money.