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January 19, 2022

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CLAS Welcomes Ambassador Dessima Williams to the Hilltop

CLAS proudly announces that this Spring semester we are hosting former Ambassador Dessima Williams, SFS’ first Visiting Distinguished Professor of Global Perspectives. A long-time public servant, Ambassador Williams was Grenada’s representative to the Organization of American States, Deputy Governor to the World Bank and Deputy Permanent Representative to the Inter American Commission of Women at the time of the US invasion in 1983. She later became Grenada’s Ambassador to the United Nations and Special Adviser for Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals to the President of the United Nations. Ambassador Williams is currently President of the Grenada Senate, a post she continues to hold while at Georgetown. This semester she is offering two courses: INAF 324, Nobody’s Backyard: Grenada as a Case Study in Small Island Developing States and LASP 485, Understanding the Modern Caribbean.
The Distinguished Professor of Global Perspectives is supported by The Baker Trust for Transformative Learning and the Red House, and is designed to broaden our global affairs conversations and introduce new ways of thinking about the curriculum.  
Welcome, Ambassador Williams!

Faculty News

Dr. Gonzalo Paz was invited by the Embassy of Argentina in Washington, DC to do field research in Antarctica over winter break.  A scholar of international relations, Dr. Paz is the Chair of the Malvinas Committee in the USA 

Additionally, he recently published an article about recent political developments in Brazil in La Nación. 

Apply to our program! 

Join CLAS at our top M.A. Program in Latin American Studies. Applications are open!

We seek applicants with a proven commitment to Latin American Studies. Housed in the School of Foreign Service, our M.A. Program offers a wide variety of options to our students, including a rich and diverse intellectual environment and a location that allows them to be exposed to and participate in cutting edge research, internships, and policy issues affecting the hemisphere. 

Interesting Reads

International Trade Outlook for Latin America and the Caribbean 2022: the challenge of boosting manufacturing exports

In its 2022 edition, this ECLAC annual report examines the foreign trade performance of the region’s economies during the year. It consists of three chapters. The first examines recent developments in global and regional trade amid the conflict between the Russian Federation and Ukraine, record-high inflation rates, the global economic slowdown, geopolitical tensions and the difficulties faced by China in containing the COVID-19 pandemic. Chapter II presents an overview of the region’s foreign trade in manufactures in the past three decades, with particular emphasis on its export performance. Chapter III discusses the profound disruptions observed in global shipping supply chains since the onset of the pandemic, which have been exacerbated by the conflict between the Russian Federation and Ukraine.

 Upcoming Events


Challenges to Democracy in Brazil and the Implications for Lula’s Presidency

Georgetown Americas Institute
Friday, January 20, 202311:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EST 
Hybrid Event
In Person: 7th Floor Executive Conference Room, Bunn Intercultural Center
On January 8, 2023, Brazilian democratic institutions came under attack from a group of former president Jair Bolsonaro’s supporters protesting the government of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who assumed office a week earlier after a contentious election rife with misinformation. What is the state of democracy in Brazil, and how did Lula’s government respond to the incident? What are the medium-term implications for governability in Brazil of the increase in polarization over the last decade? How will this attack impact Lula’s policies on food insecurity, education inequality, and the climate crisis amid slow economic growth and a Congress controlled by a conservative majority? To address these questions, the Georgetown Americas Institute is pleased to welcome Monica de Bolle, senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, and Matias Spektor, associate professor at the Brazilian Institute of International Relations at Fundação Getulio Vargas, for a conversation about the state of affairs in Brazil and what to expect from the new administration of Lula da Silva. The discussion will be moderated by GAI Founding Director Alejandro Werner.

North America After NALS: What Comes Next?

Wilson Center/ Council of the Americas 
Friday January 20, 2023
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. EST 
Online Event
Is North America merely a collection of bilateral relationships or is there a larger, more compelling regional agenda? What did the leaders discuss in Mexico and what are the outcomes? Can implementation of commitments be assured? And what does it all mean for the regional trade and commercial agenda? We are delighted to invite you to hear from a spectacular line up of experts from Canada, Mexico, and the United States, with decades of senior level government and business experience on North American issues, to bring clarity to these pressing matters.

Mining, Climate Risks, and the Western Hemisphere

Wednesday, January 25, 2023
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST 
Online Event
Join the CSIS Americas Program for a timely and important conversation on Mining, Climate Risks, and the Western Hemisphere.

Rapidly growing demand for clean energy technologies has made apparent the need for a mining renaissance in order to enable the carbon transition. Many of the critical technologies needed to achieve net-zero emissions, from electric vehicles to renewable energy-capture infrastructure, all necessitate large inputs of minerals and metals. Indeed, the average electric car requires six times the mineral inputs compared to fossil fuels, while the average American is estimated to consume three million pounds of minerals, metals, and fuels over their lifetime. However, meeting demand in a sustainable and secure manner requires a critical examination of mining supply chains, from social and environmental concerns to geopolitical factors stemming from China's dominance in mineral processing, to the long time horizons associated with identifying and scaling up new mines. 

This event will focus on how the United States can work with partner countries in Latin America, such as Chile and Peru, to transition to clean energy technologies for mining through development institutions and policy making. Specifically, it will focus on how the mining of resources like copper and lithium, which are necessary to produce clean energy technologies, can be extracted in a sustainable manner, and one which contributes to the economic empowerment of local communities. It will also discuss how the United States can calibrate its policy to build ecologically sustainable and socially licensed mining in Latin America.  

Paraguay’s Future in a Turbulent Continent: A Conversation with Presidential Candidate Santiago Peña

Georgetown Americas Institute
Wednesday, January 25, 2023
4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST 
Hybrid Event
In Person: McGhee Library, Bunn Intercultural Center (ICC)
On April 30, 2023, Paraguayans will go to the polls to elect a president, vice president, all 80 members of the Chamber of Deputies, all 45 members of the Senate, and all department governors and assembly members. Party primaries were held on December 18, 2022, when voters selected Efraín Alegre as the candidate from the Concertación coalition and Santiago Peña as the candidate for the ruling Colorado Party. The Georgetown Americas Institute is pleased to welcome Santiago Peña for a discussion on Paraguay’s presidential race. Peña will address his plans for the country and his view of Paraguay’s role and future in the context of shifting regional politics. The conversation will be moderated by Erick Langer.

Student Opportunities

Call for Papers: Democracy & Society Vol. 20 (2022-23) 

Deadline: February 10, 2023 

The Democracy and Governance Program at Georgetown University is seeking well-written, interesting submissions of 1,500 – 2,000 words for the 2022-23 edition of its publication — Democracy & Society. The submissions can be new publications, summaries, excerpts of recently completed research, book reviews, and works in progress. Graduate and undergraduate submissions of high academic rigor are also accepted. Submissions for this issue are due by February 10, 2023. Please email all submissions to with ‘Journal Submission’ in the subject-line. Democracy & Society reviews submissions on the basis of merit and deeply encourages intellectual and ideological diversity.  


Internship, William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies

The Perry Center’s internship program is an opportunity for highly motivated undergraduate students, graduate students, and recent graduates to gain valuable experience working on defense and security issues affecting the Americas. Interns will work in a multicultural and multilingual environment, regularly interacting with civilian and military officials from the Americas and other regions of the world. Interns will also have the opportunity to sit in on various lectures, courses, and professional development sessions hosted by the Perry Center and the National Defense University.

The Perry Center offers two types of internships: research and communications/multimedia. Applicants may apply to both internships if interested.


Fulbright Mexico 
 Este otoño, lanzamos por primera vez en la historia de COMEXUS la beca de Estudios de Posgrado para Candidatos Afrodescendientes, dirigida a estudiantes/egresados afromexicanos interesados en estudiar cualquier maestría o doctorado (con la excepción de medicina clínica) en Estados Unidos. Esta convocatoria es para estudiantes que cuenten con un nivel medio de inglés, y se dará preferencia a candidatos originarios del interior de la República que no sean residentes de las grandes ciudades (CDMX, Monterrey y Guadalajara). 

Aquí se pueden revisar los requisitos y apoyos de esta convocatoria, lanzada en el marco del bicentenario de las relaciones diplomáticas México-Estados Unidos: La fecha límite de la convocatoria es el 9 de febrero de 2023. Muchas gracias por considerarla y difundirla con contactos relevantes.


Professional Opportunities

Office of Language Services, U.S. Department of State

The Office of Language Services (LS) supports the interpreting and translating needs of the State Department, the White House, and other federal agencies, primarily at the diplomatic level. 

Our office is seeking a contract Program Officer to support recruiting, testing, and training efforts as part of a special initiative to expand these important elements of the office’s work. LS is looking for a detail-oriented project manager who can work effectively in teams and individually. 

The position will support multiple teams by coordinating and managing administrative details related to recruiting, testing, and training. The ideal candidate will have experience in coordinating and tracking multiple ongoing projects, ensuring projects meet timeline and budget goals, organizing and synthesizing information from multiple sources, and communicating needs and progress in support of achieving project goals. 

The position is eligible for up to 100% telework and requires a candidate to obtain a Secret level clearance.

Contact Information: Interested parties should contact Jennifer Cole ASAP at

Program Associate, Latin America and the Caribbean, Center For International Private Enterprise

This full-time, regular, non-exempt position is based in the 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.
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).
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