Stephen McFarland (@AmbMcFarland) was the US Ambassador to Guatemala 2008-2011. Earlier he served as the number two in that embassy and as political counselor in El Salvador during the civil war. His 37-year Foreign Service career also included postings in Afghanistan, Iraq (in a Marine regiment), Peru, Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador and Paraguay, and as a contractor in Colombia. He is an honorary messenger of the ancestral Indigenous government of Chichicastengo, Guatemala. He earned an MA in Security Studies at Georgetown University in 2020. These are his personal views.