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October 20, 2022

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Choreographing Mexico: Festive Performances and Dancing Histories of a Nation with Manuel Cuellar

CLAS will welcome Dr. Manuel R. Cuellar on October 25th at 12:30 p.m. for a presentation of his new book,  Choreographing Mexico: Festive Performances and Dancing Histories of a Nation. His book examines dance as a site in which the contested history of Mexico is animated, interpreted, and presented to general audiences. Through an analysis of written, photographic, and cinematographic renderings of folkloric dance performance in Mexico, Dr. Cuellar will unpack how bodies in motion both performed and critiqued national interpretations of the past. 

This event is made possible thanks to a collaboration with Professor Mireya Loza's class, HIST 403 - Public History: Theory and Practice. 

RSVP here

Event Recap: Decoding Amazonian Complexity with Dr. Liliana Duica

On October 13, 2022, CLAS had its second event in its “CLAS Outside the Classroom” event series with Dr. Liliana Duica, whose research centers on the intersection of conflict, rural development and the environment in the Amazon and Andean regions, with a special focus on rural areas characterized by state abandonment. Dr. Duica’s discussed her ethnographic work on territorial governance in la Macarena, and more specifically on the management of everyday life by community boards (Juntas de Acción Comunal) as well as the FARC-EP before their demobilization. She highlighted the importance of analyzing the region across different layers of governance, including formal state institutions, peasant zones, and indigenous territories with their own norms and justice systems. Her emphasis on those areas, that in many cases are not included in the formal administrative units of the state, highlights visible local customs and everyday realities to better explain local, national and transnational crime. We are thrilled that Dr. Duica will continue sharing her expertise on these issues in her class, LASP 434: Violence, Diversity and Environment: Amazon and Andes. The class will be offered in the Spring 2023 semester. 

Interesting Reads


Multidimensional Poverty Index 2022

The 2022 Multidimensional Poverty Index Report "Unpacking deprivation bundles to reduce multidimensional poverty" finds that reducing poverty at scale is possible and unveils new 'poverty profiles' that can offer a breakthrough in development efforts to tackle the interlinked aspects of poverty.

The report identifies a series of 'deprivation bundles' -- recurring patterns of poverty -- that commonly impact those who live in multidimensional poverty across the world. The data are used to identify the poverty profiles that are more common in certain places. This is a crucial step in designing strategies that address multiple aspects of poverty at the same time.

Read here


Nearshoring and Renewable Energy: Building on the Los Angeles Summit of the Americas
Wilson Center

On April 19-21, 2022, The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands and the Latin American Program at the Wilson Center convened experts to consider the green energy transition and the relocation of supply chains from Asia to the Western Hemisphere (i.e., nearshoring and friend-shoring). The official pronouncements following the IX Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles often lacked specificity regarding financial resources, accountability metrics, detailed timetables for implementation and the division of labor among participating governments and multilateral institutions. To build on progress made in Los Angeles, this policy paper offers recommendations to promote investment in renewable energy by the United States and Latin American governments and incentivize nearshoring/friend-shoring in the Americas.
Read here

 Upcoming Events


Spanish Conversation Hour 

The F22 Spanish SFS OPE conversation hour will be held from 9am-9:50am on the following Thursdays: 

October 20th, 27th
November 3rd 

Please contact Dr. Anne Thinglum for the Zoom link

2022 Virtual Student Foreign Policy Symposium 

October 20, 2022
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET
US Department of State


Entrepreneurship, Coffee, and Resilience

October 24, 2022
4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET
Georgetown Americas Institute
Intercultural Center (ICC) McGhee Library
Register here

Compass Coffee was created in 2013 by Michael Haft and Harrison Suarez after serving together in the U.S. Marines. Following the completion of their first e-book Perfect Coffee at Home (2013), the pair began roasting their own coffee and developed plans to open the first Compass Coffee in Washington, DC. Since then, Haft and Suarez have involved themselves in every aspect of the business - from packaging and distributing to building the store’s furniture. All the while, the company’s growth has been guided by Haft and Suarez's values - finding ethically sourced coffee, providing a quality product, and investing in the professional development and overall well being of their employees. The company sources their single-origin beans from the Serra Negra region in Brazil, the Huehuetenango region in Guatemala, and as well as parts of Colombia, among other countries.

In Central and South America, coffee production ranges dramatically, from large farms in Brazil that collectively produce nearly a third of the world's coffee, to smaller setups in Guatemala and Colombia that rely on organizations like Anacafé and the National Federation of Coffee Growers of Colombia to protect farmers and aid in quality management and export. The coffee producing regions of the Americas are experiencing significant climate-related challenges as rising global temperatures disrupt the specific environments required to produce the beans. What are the challenges and benefits of sourcing coffee through small scale farmers, and what impact does Haft’s business have in the coffee growing regions of Central and South America? How did Compass Coffee adapt and manage through the pandemic and subsequent supply chain disruptions? How will climate change continue to affect coffee growers in the region, and what can be done to adapt current practices to new climate realities? The Georgetown Americas Institute is pleased to welcome the founder of Compass Coffee Michael Haft to discuss business development, economic resilience through the pandemic, and the importance of sustainably in the coffee industry.

Kickstarting your Internship
and Career Search

October 24, 2022
3:30 pm ET
Center for Contemporary Arab Studies
CCAS Boardroom/Zoom
Register here

This workshop is open to all students in SFS regional studies graduate programs and can be attended in person or on Zoom. 

Join SFS Career Coach David Zovak to learn how to turn the transferable skills you’re gaining through your graduate program into winning arguments to get hired for internships in the public, non-profit and private sector!  During this workshop, you will learn how to tap into the hidden job market via networking, as well as how to craft a compelling story to get hired for jobs and internships in the US and around the world.

U.S. Policy Options on Venezuelan Sanctions

October 26, 2022
10:00 a.m. to 11:15 p.m. ET
Wilson Center
Online Event
Register here

Over several months, the U.S. government, the Venezuelan opposition and the Maduro regime have been discussing options for reviving long dormant political negotiations in Mexico City. For the opposition, the ultimate objective is to organize free and fair presidential elections in 2024, likely in exchange for accelerating U.S. sanctions relief and permission for the cash-starved South American nation to resume oil exports to the United States. Thus far, however, the Maduro regime has appeared more interested in restoring bilateral relations with Washington than engaging in Mexico City with the opposition, which it sees as lacking the political and international leverage to challenge Chavismo’s strong grip of power.

Amid this impasse, U.S. negotiators are reconsidering how to wield sanctions as diplomatic tools rather than perpetual punishments. Already, the Biden administration has eased some economic sanctions and removed a few high-ranking officials from the list of sanctioned individuals to encourage the negotiations between the U.S. government, the Venezuelan opposition and Maduro’s government.

How successful have U.S. sanctions been in providing the United States diplomatic leverage in negotiations with the Maduro regime and the Venezuelan opposition? What types of sanction relief, if any, would best advance U.S. interests in Venezuela? What alternative incentives could the United States offer to extract durable concessions from the Maduro regime? How can the U.S. adapt its sanctions policy to promote political dialogue?

Picturing Displacement:
Tania Bruguera and Fazal Sheikh in Conversation

October 27, 2022
3:30 p.m. ET
Humanities Responses to Forced Migration
Online Event
Register here

We cordially invite you and your students to our second event in the Global Humanities Seminars "Understanding and Including Forced Migrants and Refugees: Responses from the Humanities."
On Thursday, October 27th, 2022 from 3:30 to 5 pm we will host “Picturing Displacement: Tania Bruguera and Fazal Sheikh in Conversation.” Two internationally renowned visual and media artists will discuss their work on borders, migration, and refugees.
Tania Bruguera is a Cuban installation and performance artist who engages with the role of emotions in politics and explores the relationship between art, activism, and social change. Her main concerns are institutional power, borders, migration, and human rights. Her work spans events, action, film, sculpture, writing and teaching alongside site-specific works.

Fazal Sheikh has spent his career photographing individuals and communities displaced by conflict and environmental change around the world. His principal form is the portrait, although his projects also encompass personal narratives, found photographs, sound recordings, archival material, academic essays, and his own written texts.

Student Opportunities

Wall Street Journal 2023 US Applications
Deadline: November 4, 2022 (summer)

U.S. Spring, Part-Time (New York and D.C. area only)




Digital Platform (social media/WSJ apps)


U.S. Spring, Full-Time

Health Reporting


U.S. Summer, Full-Time

Reporting (multiple cities)

Pensiero Business Reporting (applicants from state schools that intend to pursue a business/financial journalism career)

Data Reporting

Audience Engagement




WSJ. Magazine

Photo Editing


 Internships, Guatemala Solidarity Project

The Guatemala Solidarity Project is now accepting applications for Fall 2022 interns. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Unpaid interns are needed primarily to focus on lobbying and social media, and can participate virtually from any location. Stipends are only available for interns in the Washington, DC area who focus on fundraising campaigns. 

To apply please send cover letter and resume to

Internship Opportunities @ Latina Republic


Links to the descriptions of the available positions can be found below: 

Environmental Writer Program
Immmigration Writer Program
Latin American Correspondent Program
Policy Research Program
Voces Program 

Application Materials: 
•    Resume
•    Cover Letter describing your interest in the internship
•    Writing Sample
•    Submit these materials to:

 Contact Lydia Millhon (CLAS '22) if you have any questions. 


Grant Program, Cosmos Scholars

Due date: November 1, 2022

The program provides grants to meet specific research needs not covered by other supporting funds, including, but not limited to, special supplies, travel, and unanticipated expenses that would enhance the work. Specifically excluded are general financial support, tuition, and living expenses (except in connection with supported travel.) 

There is no restriction as to academic field, but the project should be focused on objective scholarly research rather than commercial or political activity, social activism, or other non-academic goals. The number of grants to be awarded is not rigidly fixed, but is expected to be at least fifteen. Amounts of awards will be determined individually and will not exceed $5,000.

Questions and other messages may be sent by email to

Professional Opportunities

USAID LatinX Conference and Career Expo 

USAID is hosting a Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI)/LatinX Conference and Career Expo (Virtual and In-Person) from October 18-20. Everyone is welcome - one does not need to identify as Latinx or attend an HSI. 
During the event, you will learn about USAID, #careers in internationaldevelopment, and #internationalaffairs, and how to access funding. 

Sessions will include:
● Resume writing workshop and advice on starting your career at USAID;
● Certified trainings for faculty, staff, students and alumni;
● Fundamentals of foreign assistance and partnering with USAID;
● A highlight of the work between an HSI and USAID;
● Networking, professional development, and more!

There is also a case study #competition where you can win up to $15,000. Submissions to the case study competition close this Friday!
Internship Opportunity, Politico Tech Global

The PTG Internship is designed to bring highly qualified and motivated students with diverse backgrounds into the Organization to work on projects linked to the PTG Popularity (PTR) and Vote (VTR) Trend Report Programs and to support the corporate functions of the Organization. Goal. The main goal is to give successful candidates the opportunity to improve their analytical and technical skills in an international environment. Interactions are set to occur across all levels of the PTG, with employees, clients and potential clients, and are designed to set successful interns on an internal track.

Applications. The PTG Internship is open on a rolling basis. Selected interns are on-boarded and will work remotely. Interested students should send a letter of interest, CV/résumé and a list of 3
references to (or via LinkedIn).
Partners of the Americas Positions 

Partners of the Americas is an international grassroots organization that connects individuals and organizations to serve and change lives through lasting partnerships in the Western Hemisphere. The Program Officer of Economic Development and Health will provide support with the implementation of an international food nutrition development program in Haiti. Responsibilities include general backstopping, reporting, and logistical planning for the project. This position reports to the Senior Program Officer of the Economic Development and Health.

Recruitment Officer
Program Coordinator, Washington External Affairs, CFR

CFR’s Washington External Affairs operation is focused primarily on actively engaging members of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives and their staff to provide timely, relevant, and useful analyses to further inform policymaking at the U.S. Capitol. Through discussion and examination of the critical challenges facing the United States and international community, the program seeks to serve as both a direct resource for Congress and a convener of leading thinkers and practitioners both on and off the Hill in a variety of nonpartisan fora. The secondary focus on this program is facilitating limited engagement with the diplomatic community and executive branch.
Assistant Manager, Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas) Washington Office

The Assistant Manager reports directly to the General Manager and has primary responsibility for

(a) Latin America: Monitoring and analyzing economic, political, and geopolitical developments in Latin America – with a focus on US-Latin America relations – related to Mitsubishi Corporation’s business interests in that region.

(b) Macro Economics of the Americas Analysis of key macroeconomic developments in US and Latin American countries including Mexico, Brazil. Chile, Peru and Colombia.

The Assistant Manager will also support other managers with research on wide-ranging domestic/ international policy developments and industry/business topics of interest to our company. This is a full-time salaried position with benefits.

Key Accountabilities

-Primary responsibility for monitoring and analyzing economic, political, and geopolitical developments in Latin America, with a focus on US-Latin America relations, related to Mitsubishi Corporation’s business interests in that region. This requires regular meetings with Washington Office consultants and other experts in the Washington policy community, preparation of reports on related developments, and making presentations as requested.
-Analyses to provide synopsis of US and regional economic developments during the near and medium term that affect US and other industrial countries and developing countries, and address topics of pressing current interest including the state of each country’s economy and monetary & fiscal policies.
-Support other managers with research on wide-ranging domestic/ international policy developments and industry/business topics of interest to our company and its subsidiaries. This includes information gathering for the office’s monthly publication.
-Support visitors by arranging and accompanying them to meetings and preparing meeting reports.
-Work with office assistants on various administrative and clerical tasks.

Knowledge and Skills
-Expertise in US-Latin America relations and/or Latin American affairs;
- Expertise in Macroeconomic analysis;
-Three or more years of related professional experience;

-Excellent English and Spanish reading, writing, and oral communication skills;
-Team player and ability to multitask working on several projects simultaneously;
-Basic computer skills.

-General interest in economic, business, and political issues related to Japan.
-Basic Portuguese language skills.

Relevant Experience and Education
-Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree/Advanced Degree required.
Program Assistant Position, The Partnership for Central America

Program Assistant Position
The Partnership seeks diligent and proactive individuals who demonstrate a keen interest and passion for solving challenging humanitarian and development issues. Responsibilities include partner and program management, policy research support (economic/trade/banking/agriculture//regulatory, etc.), and external communications and administrative support - with exibility to adapt to the interests and unique skill sets of those interested.

How To Apply
Please send your resume and cover letter to with the position title in the email subject line.
Institute on Race, Equality and Human Right, Various Job Opportunities 

The  International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights  is a human rights organization created in 2014 working in partnership with local activists in Latin America to build grass roots movements that promote and protect the rights of populations marginalized because of gender, ethnicity, race, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.

Racial Justice Program Officer
Program Assistant 
LGBTI Program Assistant
Program Associate, Latin America and the Caribbean, Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) is a core institute of the National Endowment for Democracy and is the international affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Operating at the intersection between democracy and markets, CIPE designs and implements projects around the world that help make democracy deliver the freedom and opportunity for all to prosper. 

Scope: This full-time, regular, non-exempt position is based in Washington, D.C. The Program Associate, Latin American and Caribbean (LAC), will have the responsibility of providing administrative support to the CIPE team working on programs in Central and South America, and the Caribbean. The position requires a dedication to assisting a large team and its programs, including staff in Washington D.C., field offices, and international consultants.

Director, Hispanic Serving Institution-Initiatives, The University of Texas at Arlington

The Director for HSI Initiatives position is a holistic role to create and develop all HSI related initiatives (student recruitment, student retention, community outreach, grantsmanship, etcetera) in support of a comprehensive program that is Institutionalized, Intentional and Incentivized. The Director for HSI Initiatives will be charged with leading efforts, serving as the institutional subject matter expert and primary liaison, in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, for activities that support Latino student, faculty, and staff while also working in close collaboration with the broader university community. With emphasis on leveraging our status as a Hispanic Serving Institution, the Director for HSI Initiatives will be responsible for understanding cultural and social phenomena, researching data and trends, grant development activity for Titles III, V and VII, capacity and relationship building with internal and external stakeholders.

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