Political Transition in El Salvador and Relations with the United States

Damian Alegría

April 6, 2011

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Event Description

In the last 20 years, El Salvador has gone through incredible transformations, from civil war to democratization and from neoliberal reforms and right-wing governments to a left-of-center administration. Today, the country’s Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) government faces daunting problems, including high levels of violence, narcotics trafficking and a weak economy boosted by remittances from the 25 percent of the population now residing in the United States. The current administration is trying to implement significant economic reforms while at the same time improving public security, developing an independent foreign policy and maintaining good relations with the United States.


Damian Alegría is a member of the Salvadoran National Assembly for the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN). He sits on the International Relations and Budget committees and runs Radio MayaVision. During the civil war, he spent 12 years in the jungle as a commander of the FMLN.


Co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies and the Center for Latino Policy Research.