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October 13, 2022

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We stand with all the victims of hurricanes Fiona and Ian

CLAS and all the various units that focus on the Americas at Georgetown University – the Georgetown Americas Institute, the States and Institutions of Governance in Latin America project (SIGLA), the Latin American Leadership Program, the Center for the Advancement of the Rule of Law in the Americas, and Americas Forum – would like to encourage those who can and who wish to support disaster relief efforts through monetary donations to do so. The need is urgent.
Join us in raising donations for disaster relief in affected communities through the organizations listed below.

Taller Salud
Catholic Relief Services

Post Covid Challenges in Public Health in LAC, a Public Finance Perspective

CLAS welcomes Dr. Gabriel Farfán (CLAS '01)  for an upcoming event on October 20th at 12:30 p.m.

Dr. Farfán holds a Ph. D in Government and Public Finance from the London School of Economics and has over 24 years of experience teaching Public Management and Finance. He currently teaches at the Department of Economics at Universidad Iberoamericana and leads Comunidad Mexicana, a think tank based in Mexico City specializing in public management and budgeting for results. Aside from having been Budget Director of Mexico City between 2006-2009,  he has consulted with the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, the European Union, and other international financial institutions in fiscal policy, public finance, and public management in Latin American and the Caribbean Countries, North America, and the Middle East. Read Dr. Farfan's latest article. 

Reflecting upon the impact CLAS has had in his personal, professional and intellectual growth, he said: "When I was accepted to LSE the selection committee told me that it did not recommend me to take more specialized courses on the LAC region because they knew that the GU program was among the top of its kind in scope and methods. CLAS also provided me with a “real world” perspective rather than a pure academic or analytic one. Studying at GU and in Washington, D.C. means that politics means policy and the other way around. Intellectually I found GU to be a place full of brilliant people with strong roots in their countries and a deep knowledge of what their countries needed.” 

RSVP for the event here

Faculty Publications


CLAS Adjunct Professor, Dr. Luis Jacome, recently published this paper about Latin American Central Bank's Historical Independence alongside Samuel Pienknagura. 

Read here

Interesting Reads


Capital Flows to Latin America and the Caribbean

Against a backdrop of tightening global financing conditions, total Latin American and Caribbean bond issuance in international markets in the first eight months of 2022 was down more than 50% from the same period in 2021. International bond issuance of environmental, social and governance (ESG) bonds —including green, social, sustainability and sustainability-linked bonds— from the region also slowed in the first eight months of 2022, albeit less markedly than total issuance. The share of these bonds in the region’s total issuance increased to 34% from 31% in the year-earlier period.
Capital Flows to Latin America and the Caribbean: the first eight months of 2022 presents and analyses the developments concerning capital flows to Latin America and the Caribbean from January to August 2022. This report is published three times a year and provides an overview of new international bonds from Latin American and Caribbean issuers, including green, social, sustainability and sustainability-linked bonds, as well as of bond spreads and credit ratings.

Read here

 CLAS Events



A Conversation with Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Amor Mottley

October 13, 2022
4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET
Georgetown Americas Institute
McShain Small Lounge, McCarthy Hall
Register here

Throughout the pandemic, many learned about the importance of creating equitable approaches and about creating programs that included access for latino communities. Today, if we do not renew commitments and share collective concerns and priorities, we risk slowing down some significant advances. This forum will help us to organize and prioritize attainable legislation, recommendations and programmatic goals for each year.

Whether you are new to the social justice realm, you have years of experience, or are interested in sharing your point of view, join us virtually on OCTOBER 14th from 9:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. to discuss and develop a policy priority agenda for issues that affect the Hispanic/Latino community of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County. We want to hear from you! During the forum, we will open up breakout groups for input and recommendations about what you'd like to see prioritized for the Latino community this year.

Latino Social Justice Forum 

October 14, 2022
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET
BU Global Development Policy Center
Online Event
Register here

Throughout the pandemic, many learned about the importance of creating equitable approaches and about creating programs that included access for latino communities. Today, if we do not renew commitments and share collective concerns and priorities, we risk slowing down some significant advances. This forum will help us to organize and prioritize attainable legislation, recommendations and programmatic goals for each year.

Whether you are new to the social justice realm, you have years of experience, or are interested in sharing your point of view, join us virtually on OCTOBER 14th from 9:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. to discuss and develop a policy priority agenda for issues that affect the Hispanic/Latino community of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County. We want to hear from you! During the forum, we will open up breakout groups for input and recommendations about what you'd like to see prioritized for the Latino community this year.

Ecuador’s Economic Outlook
A Conversation with Pablo Arosemena, Minister of Finance of Ecuador

October 14, 2022
4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET
Georgetown Americas Institute
Maguire Hall Room 304
Register here

In 2021, Ecuador experienced a stronger-than-expected pandemic recovery, with 4.2% growth. This was due in part to the successful implementation of a COVID-19 vaccination campaign, which allowed for a steady reopening of the economy. The country experienced another financial win as President Guillermo Lasso refinanced debt with China with more than $1.4 billion in debt service relief (Government of Ecuador). However, despite gains at the macroeconomic level, Lasso’s government has recently faced significant domestic social challenges. Starting in June 2022, there have been mass protests against increasing food and fuel prices, and the administration’s economic policy. 

Facing external shocks, such as deteriorating global financial conditions, a rise in international interest rates, and increasing food prices, what challenges and opportunities lay ahead for Ecuador? The Georgetown Americas Institute (GAI) is pleased to welcome Pablo Arosemena Marriott, minister of economy and finance of Ecuador, for a discussion on recent economic developments in the country and his perspective on the economic outlook of Ecuador. The event will be moderated by Alejandro Werner, GAI founding director.

Brazil’s Presidential Elections: Perspectives from U.S. Ambassadors

October 17, 2022
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. ET
Register here

Please join the CSIS Americas Program for a discussion on Brazil's Presidential Elections, featuring three former U.S. Ambassadors to Brazil.

Following the recent first round of Brazilian elections on October 2, many questions have arisen regarding the future of Brazil on the global stage and how the winner of the run-off on October 30th will shape it. For the first time, both frontrunners, incumbent president Jair Bolsonaro and former president Luiz Inácio ‘Lula’ da Silva, have served as head of state before, giving a window into how they may govern if given another mandate.

This event will discuss the disparate visions Bolsonaro and Lula champion for the future of Brazil in the world. It will also delve into the many crucial issues regarding Brazil that will be decided in the upcoming election, including the fate of the Amazon rainforest, the country’s foreign policy priorities and strategy, the future of the Brazil-U.S. bilateral relationship, the growing influence of China in the region, and how each could affect the hemisphere at large.

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

Venezuelan Crisis: assessment and possible solutions

October 20, 2022
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET
Georgetown MSFS
ICC Auditorium
Register here

Venezuela is undergoing a humanitarian, political, economic, social, and human rights crisis. More than 6.8 million Venezuelans are refugees and migrants. Widespread violence, economic turmoil, political instability, human rights violations, food shortages, lack of medicines, and a collapse of the educational system are pushing Venezuelans out of their country.

We invite you to join us to understand the origins of the current crisis and explore possible solutions with our panel of experts:
 -James Story, U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela;
 -Luis Almagro, Secretary General of the Organization of American States;
 -Carlos Vecchio, Venezuela Ambassador to the U.S.; and
 -Dr. Fabiana Perera, Professor at the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies.

Each panelist will have 5 minutes to present their assessments. A moderator will then guide a half-hour conversation among the panelists on different aspects of the crisis. This will be followed by a half-hour question and answers session from students.

2022 Virtual Student Foreign Policy Symposium 

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


Student Opportunities

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.

Wall Street Journal 2023 US Applications
Due date: October 17, 2022 (spring) and 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!
Communications and Press Assistant, WOLA

Deadline: October 17, 2022

This entry-level, administrative role will act as an assistant to the VP as well as provide a variety of support to the team at large. The standard daily tasks include managing the press email account, managing email send-outs, supporting the organization in the organization of events, and working with the team to coordinate other tasks. This position will work with staff across the organization, receive an entry-level introduction to the nonprofit advocacy world with a communications lens, and meet human rights, social justice, and foreign policy communities in Washington D.C. and Latin America. Qualified candidates should demonstrate a passion for social justice, human rights in the Americas, and anti-racism. They should aim for innovation and keeping up with today’s rapidly changing world of communications.

Please submit a 1-2 page resume, in English, and a 1-2 page cover letter, one copy in English and one in Spanish to This cover letter should indicate why you are interested in working with the Communications team and your location preference. If you have any more materials that are applicable for our skills requested (Canva, videography, etc.) feel free to include them as well. During the interviews, your Spanish speaking and writing will be tested for proficiency. If we are interested in your resume, you will receive an email within two weeks of your application.
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.

Beca Fulbright-Archivos Nacionales de Ciencias del Patrimonio

Esta convocatoria, que cierra el próximo día 15 de octubre, ofrece la oportunidad de realizar una estancia de investigación y colaboración con colegas de The National Archives and Record Administration Heritage Science Research and Testing Lab en College Park, Maryland, Estados Unidos. Inicia en otoño de 2023 con una duración de 5 a 12 meses, dependiendo del proyecto propuesto por el becario.
El candidato ideal deberá contar con maestría o doctorado, además de experiencia relevante en la preservación y conservación de patrimonio documental y/o cultural, con aplicación de tecnología a problemas complejos en la preservación del patrimonio o análisis de datos.
Se aceptarán solicitudes de académicos o profesionistas que trabajen en las siguientes disciplinas: ciencias del Patrimonio, archivonomía, preservación preventiva, física, química, ciencias e ingenierías de materiales, estadística, modelos computacionales y microbiología. Se dará preferencia a candidatos con experiencia previa en ciencia del patrimonio o la investigación de archivos, pero no es un requisito indispensable.
Central America Program Assitant, Department of State

The Central American Program Assistant (referred to PA or Program Assistant for the remainder of this document) provides programmatic, contractual, logistical, monitoring and evaluation, and administrative support to the INL/WHP office. The Program Assistant will be primarily assigned to the Central America team, though the PA will be able to support duties across other teams as assigned. The INL/WHP Deputy Director, working with the Central America Team Lead, will direct the activities of the PA. In particular, the PA will coordinate, prepare, assemble, and track program management documentation for contracts, grants, cooperative agreements, inter-agency agreements, and agreements with international organizations. The PA will also provide support to the INL/WHP Office Director and Deputy Director as required.
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