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December 1, 2022

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Alumni Highlight


Photo source: Noticias RCN and AFP


Paola Castro (CLAS 2008) is the Youth Programme Project Manager for FIFA's World Cup Qatar 2022 where she is in charge of 3,800 young volunteers from around the world participating in this year's tournament. After graduating from CLAS and a one-year stint at the Organization of American States in Washington, D.C., Paola found her way to Qatar where she has worked since 2009 for the Qatar Stars League. Her performance and leadership led to her selection by FIFA for her role in this year's World Cup.  

About her M.A. in Latin American Studies and her time in SFS, and as she prepared for the World Cup, Paola said recently that "..CLAS and SFS gave me the necessary knowledge and skills to understand the intricacies and complexities of Latin America and the Caribbean and the position of the region in the world. Such knowledge and skills have been instrumental in my professional development and have allowed me to understand Qatar and the Gulf States, especially the role that fútbol plays in bringing the world together. As I get ready for my biggest professional challenge, coordinating the participation of thousands of volunteer youth in this year's World Cup, I think fondly of my classmates and professors in CLAS and SFS, to whom I am indebted. I hope CLASChronicles' readers enjoy the excitement of el juego bonito that we are about to host in Qatar". 

CLAS Professor News
Dr. Anna Deeny Morales visited the Program in Latin American Studies at Princeton University on November 16th to give a talk about writing an opera about family separation at the Mexico-US border.

Interesting Reads


Social Panorama of Latin America  and the Caribbean 2022

The 2022 edition of the Social Panorama of Latin America and the Caribbean analyses, among others, the so-called silent crisis of education and the need to advance in its transformation as a basis for sustainable development in the region.

ECLAC projects that by the end of 2022, poverty will stand at 32.1% of the population (a percentage equivalent to 201 million people) and extreme poverty at 13.1% (82 million), which points to a slight decline in overall poverty and a slight increase in extreme poverty versus 2021, due to the combined effects of economic growth, labor market dynamics and inflation. These figures mean that an additional 15 million people will be living in poverty in comparison with the situation before the pandemic and that there will be 12 million more people in extreme poverty than there were in 2019.

Read Publication Here


The Latin America-to-Asia Wildlife Trade
Wilson Center Latin America Program 

To examine the role of the international community in shaping Latin America’s environmental agenda, the Wilson Center’s Latin American Program, Brazil Institute, the Environmental Change and Security Program, China Environment Forum, and Global Europe Program launched a collaborative research project in 2020, Latin America’s Environmental Policies in Global Perspective.

The latest paper in this series explores the role of China and other Asian countries in the Latin American wildlife trade and trafficking. Sharon Guynup, a Wilson Center global fellow and National Geographic grantee, highlights how the international illegal wildlife trade, valued at $23 billion per year, excluding fishing, ranks as the fourth-largest criminal enterprise after drugs, weapons and human trafficking. In addition to contributing to corruption, wildlife trade and trafficking is “pushing thousands of species to the brink of extinction, with cascading, far-reaching effects,” Guynup writes.

Guynup cites recent multilateral activities, including the Lima Declaration, designed to combat these threats. But she argues that greater efforts are needed, with many experts “pushing for a global suspension of all commercial wild animal trade to protect biodiversity and human health.”

Read Publication Here

 Upcoming Events


First Public Meeting

Friday, December 2, 2022

10:15 am - 11:45 am ET 

Horizon Ballroom, Ronald Reagan Building 

1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington DC, 20004

Please join the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid (ACVFA) for the committee’s first public meeting with its newly appointed membership.


The meeting will include remarks from USAID Administrator Samantha Power and ACVFA Chair Nisha Biswal (Senior Vice President at the US Chamber of Commerce), as well as panel discussions featuring ACVFA members on pressing global challenges including food security, climate resilience, democracy, and anti-corruption.


Protecting, Defending and Promoting Civic Space in Central America

Wilson Center Mexico Institute
December 5, 2022 
11:00 am-12:30 pm
6th Floor Flom Auditorium, Woodrow Wilson Center
and Online

Globally, democratic values are under assault. That is also true in parts of Central America, where public officials and criminal organizations are silencing public debate. In response, during this year’s Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles, USAID Administrator Samantha Power launched the interagency “Voices” initiative, designed to protect, defend and promote civic space in the region and support the U.S. Strategy for Addressing the Root Causes of Migration in Central America.

The “Voices” initiative includes three pillars: Promoting Digital Democracy & Countering Digital Authoritarianism; Promoting Freedom of Expression & Strengthening Independent Media; and Countering Criminalization & Providing Protection. It is predominantly focused on addressing the contraction of civic space in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua and bringing like-minded partners together to foster a vibrant and resilient civil society across the region.

What are the best strategies for the State Department and USAID to support civil society in Central America? How could these efforts improve governance, accountability and the investment climate and address underlying factors of the regional migration crisis? Are there limits to the capacity of civil society actors to address structural challenges? How can the State Department and USAID most effectively engage government counterparts, private entities and others in Central America and globally to address the key challenges highlighted under the Voices initiative?


A Conversation with Buenos Aires Mayor Horacio Rodríguez Larreta

Wilson Center Latin America Program
December 8, 2022 
9:00-9:45 am
6th Floor Flom Auditorium, Woodrow Wilson Center and Online

Argentina’s economy is at a decisive moment. It is low on foreign exchange and inflation is expected to reach triple digits this year. Its leadership has struggled to respond amid infighting in the Peronist coalition. These challenges, prolonged economic stagnation and periodic crises have led to public skepticism about whether Argentina will ever solve its structural challenges and take advantage of opportunities, such as high global prices for its abundant agricultural, energy and mineral resources.

In this difficult context, Argentina is preparing for its 2023 presidential election. Among the leading contenders is Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, mayor of the capital city, Buenos Aires, since 2015 and a member of the Juntos por el Cambio center-right coalition. As mayor, he has prioritized public health and sought to address inequality in a large and diverse metropolis. He has also been active on environmental issues, in partnership with a coalition of big-city mayors. This year, he hosted the C40 World Mayors Summit in Buenos Aires, where participants signed the Buenos Aires Pact, a roadmap to reduce environmental impacts.

How can Argentina achieve sustainable economic growth, reduce inflation, accumulate reserves and regain the confidence of the Argentine private sector and international investors? How can it increase production of food, energy and critical minerals, such as lithium, that are in high demand globally? How can Argentina strengthen its partnership with the United States to pursue shared interests?


200 Years of U.S.-Mexico Bilateral Relations: An Ambassadorial Perspective

Wilson Center Mexico Institute
December 14, 2022 
1:30-3:00 pm
Online Event

Involving nearly every government agency and encompassing collaboration at the federal, state, and local levels, the United States-Mexico bilateral relationship is one of the most complex global partnerships. This makes the stewardship of the relationship complicated and challenging, requiring skillful diplomacy within our countries and across the shared border.

In recognition of the upcoming bicentennial anniversary of diplomatic relations between the United States and Mexico, join the Mexico Institute on December 14th from 1:30 to 3:00 pm ET for a virtual discussion with former U.S. and Mexican ambassadors to discuss their experiences in the practice of diplomacy and their applicability for the future of the bilateral relationship.

Student Opportunities

 -December 12, 2022: Final deadline for submission of proposal abstracts. 

- December 18, 2022: Notification of accepted proposals

- December 31, 2022: Diffusion of the final congress program.

If you require more information, there are available consultation channels via email, or , as well as here.


CFR Internship, Latin America Studies, Spring 2023

The Latin America program analyzes the dynamic relationships between the United States and the nations in the Western Hemisphere. Current projects address the causes and effects of widespread phenomena such as democratization, globalization, migration, and economic development on domestic politics, foreign relations, and transnational ties within the Western Hemisphere.

Chamada para submissão de Artigos, Resenhas e Propostas de Dossiês - 2023, Revista BJLAS
Prazos de Sumissão:
Artigos e resenhas: 05 DE DEZEMBRO DE 2022 
Propostas de dossiês: 20 DE DEZEMBRO DE 2022
Textos para o Dossiê: 30 DE ABRIL DE 2023

A revista interdisciplinar Brazilian Journal of Latin American Studies, vinculada ao Programa de Pós-Graduação em Integração da América Latina (PROLAM) da Universidade de São Paulo, disponível em versão eletrônica (ISSN 1676-6288), torna pública a chamada para submissões de novos artigos, dossiês temáticos e resenhas que deverão compor os números 45, 46 e 47 da revista a serem publicados até dezembro de 2023.

Saiba mais sobre a chamada para submissão

Professional Opportunities

Program Assistant, Wilson Center's Science and Technology Innovation Program

Deadline: December 2, 2022
The Wilson Center's Science and Technology Innovation Program (STIP) is seeking qualified candidates who demonstrate a strong interest in an interdisciplinary approach to science, technology, and policy. The Program Assistant serves as the principal clerical and administrative assistant for the Science and Technology Innovation Program and is responsible for planning, executing and closing out the Program’s events, workshops, conferences, seminars, and meetings.
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.
Editorial Directors: WOLA seeks an individual to lead the development and production of WOLA’s public-facing content. This will include working with programmatic staff to develop written and multimedia content relating to human rights and social justice in Latin America, managing an editorial calendar, and pitching stories to media outlets in the U.S. and Latin America. To learn more click here

Assistant Director for Institutional Partnerships: We are looking for a candidate with at least four years of experience writing foundation grants and/or reports for nonprofits. They will write and manage our foundation and international government grant, as well as lead our prospecting and cultivation of new supporters. To learn more and apply please click here.

Program Assistant for the Colombia and Brazil Program: This  entry-level role will act as an assistant and provide administrative support to one director. They will frequently plan in-person meetings and delegations in Washington D.C. from Latin America, as well as provide general administrative support with event planning, booking of travel, and calendar management. To learn more and apply please click here.

Events and Communications Administrator, CLAS

Call for applicants!  Do you miss CLAS and wish you could contribute to our initiatives -- and be compensated for doing so?  CLAS seeks a temporary, part-time administrator to help with events, communications, and general Center support.  BA/BS required; interest in and knowledge of Latin America, and Spanish language skills, strongly preferred.  The incumbent will be fully integrated into the CLAS team, working 20 hours a week until June 30, 2023.  The schedule is flexible, networking opportunities abound, and the community is wonderful!  Please reach out to Julie McMurtry at if you are interested.  We look forward to hearing from you!
International Development Vacancies
  1. Team Leader, T-WASH II Project - WaterAid - Maputo, Mozambique
    Deadline date: December 8 2022  read more
  2. Knowledge Management and Communications (KMC) Manager, Sudan Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (Sudan MEL) Activity - Panagora Group - Sudan
    No deadline at present  read more
  3. Accountant, Sudan Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (Sudan MEL) Activity - Panagora Group - Sudan
    No deadline at present  read more
  4. Administrative Assistant, Sudan Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (Sudan MEL) Activity - Panagora Group - Sudan
    No deadline at present  read more
  5. Full Time Driver, Sudan Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (Sudan MEL) Activity - Panagora Group - Sudan
    No deadline at present  read more
  6. Director of Finance and Administration, Sudan Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (Sudan MEL) Activity - Panagora Group - Sudan
    No deadline at present  read more
  7. Strategic Communications and Outreach Advisor - Project HOPE - Uzbekistan
    No deadline at present  read more
  8. Deputy Chief of Party/Technical Director of Maternal and Child Nutrition - Action Against Hunger - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
    No deadline at present  read more
  9. Vaccination Specialist - Pact - Ukraine
    No deadline at present  read more
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).
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.
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