The small nation of El Salvador will play an outsize role in the Biden administration, as it sits at the intersection of several of the White House’s foreign policy priorities: migration, security, corruption and democracy. Just as the Trump administration’s approach to Central America encapsulated its cynicism — a Faustian bargain to protect the region’s increasingly repressive governments in exchange for their help in controlling migration — the Biden administration’s hopes are wrapped up in new promises of good governance and prosperity.

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Michael Paarlberg is an assistant professor of political science at Virginia Commonwealth University and an associate fellow with the Institute for Policy Studies. Ricardo J. Valencia is an assistant professor of communications at California State University at Fullerton.

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