On January 16th 2012, Salvadorans celebrated the 20th anniversary of the peace agreement that ended El Salvador’s civil war. Most, however, remain skeptical about whether the evolving peace process designed to end the social violence that has plagued the country for over a decade will work. 2012 also saw legislative and municipal elections, early campaigning for the 2014 presidential election, a prolonged and contentious political battle over constitutional issues, and concerns about the militarization of public security. Some advances were achieved in universal justice for Salvadoran human rights violators and for victims of domestic abuse, but the Salvadoran judiciary is still in many ways characterized by corruption, inertia, and impunity. Remittances were up slightly during 2012, but the difficulties in the economic and fiscal environment continue to be exacerbated by political polarization.