El Salvador: Political, Economic, and Social Conditions and U.S. Relations [Updated April 25, 2008]   [open pdf - 72KB]

From the Summary: "Throughout the last few decades, the United States has had a strong interest in El Salvador. During the 1980s, El Salvador was the largest recipient of U.S. aid in Latin America as its government struggled against the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) insurgency. After the 1992 peace accords were signed, U.S. involvement shifted towards helping the government rebuild democracy and implement market-friendly economic reforms. Successive National Republican Alliance (ARENA) governments, including that of the current president, Tony Saca, have maintained close ties with the United States. On March 1, 2006, El Salvador implemented the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR). In March 2007, the Bush Administration extended the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) of eligible Salvadoran migrants living in the United States through March 2009. El Salvador is receiving some $28.6 million in U.S. assistance in FY2008 and could benefit from the proposed Mérida Initiative for Mexico and Central America. Many U.S. observers are interested in the campaign for the March 2009 presidential elections in El Salvador, particularly since the FMLN candidate, Mauricio Funes, appears to be leading the ARENA candidate, Rodrigo Ávila, in the polls. This report will be updated."

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