El Salvador’s first leftist president, Mauricio Funes, recently took office after an election that generated strong interest in Washington’s foreign policy circles. It was also closely followed by the region’s large population of Salvadorean immigrants. We’ll explore this unique intersection of local and international politics and examine how immigrants can shape the politics and economics of their home countries from thousands of miles away.


  • Michael Shifter Vice President for Policy at Inter-American Dialogue; and Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service
  • Ana Sol Gutierrez Maryland State Delegate (D- Dist. 18, Montgomery County)

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