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February 9, 2023

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Alumni Highlight


From Bangkok to Brasilia

Tipaporn Attasivanon (CLAS ‘19) is Second Secretary for the political section at the Royal Thai Embassy in Brasilia. After graduating from CLAS, she joined her home country’s foreign service. She began her diplomatic career as desk officer for Peru, Venezuela, and the Caribbean Region at the Department of American and South Pacific Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand. When her time came, Tipa did not hesitate the chance to return to her beloved region, choosing Brazil as her first overseas posting.

When asked about her time at CLAS, Tipa said, “As a Thai who did her undergraduate degree in Mexico, pursuing a master’s degree at CLAS/SFS was a dream come true. CLAS introduced me to the world of inter-american relations and provided me with essential tools to understand the complexity, dynamism, and unique character of various regional integrations in Latin America and the Caribbean. CLAS also taught me that the region is unidad en diversidad. Though Latin American and Caribbean countries share similarities, they are not all the same. We need to be more open-minded and careful to strategically chart policies toward each of them. I am also thankful for all of the fond memories and great experiences shared with my CLASmates, professors and everyone at CLAS/SFS as they have always inspired me to continue studying more about the region and expanding my professional knowledge.”

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

Barriers to Entry: Understanding Labor Market Attitudes Towards Ex-Combatants and How the Private Sector Can Help

Valencia Wilson (CLAS ’21) recently published her M.A. Capstone Project, Barriers to Entry: Understanding Labor Market Attitudes Towards Ex-Combatants and How the Private Sector Can Help in Papel Político at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia. 
CLAS congratulates Valencia on her recent publication!

Read Publication Here 

 Upcoming Events


A Conversation with Ilan Goldfajn, President of the Inter-American Development Bank

Wednesday, February 14, 2023
4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST 
Hybrid Event
In Person: Fisher Colloquium, Rafik B. Hariri Building
On January 12, during his inaugural address as president of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Ilan Goldfajn laid out his vision for the bank’s priorities in Latin America and the Caribbean during his tenure. Goldfajn joins the institution at a challenging time, as impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have set countries in the region back decades in their fight against poverty. During his speech Goldfajn outlined institutional reforms that seek to modernize the bank to reduce bureaucracy and risk aversion, to focus on deploying new financial and technical tools, and help the region confront new challenges such as climate change and increasing social unrest.

The Georgetown Americas Institute is pleased to welcome Ilan Goldfajn for his first public address as IDB president. Goldfajn will first lay out his priorities, followed by a moderated conversation with Alejandro Werner, director of the Georgetown Americas Institute.

Democracy Endangered: The Case of Brazil

Free Speech Project and the Future of the Humanities Project 
Wednesday, February 15, 202
11:00 a.m. EST 
Online event
The recent armed attack on the three main centers of political power in Brazil reflected a story the West is getting to know all too well. An abrasive incumbent, Jair Bolsonaro, incited outrage amongst thousands of supporters with baseless claims of election fraud. What was supposed to be a peaceful transfer of power descended into bedlam. As security officials allegedly had a hand in fueling the insurrection, it is clear that anti-democratic sentiment is alive and well in Brazil, and is likely backed by powerful people. What can the West and Latin America do to stop authoritarian actors who seek to undermine fair elections and democracy? Is this trend contagious?

After Ayotzinapa:
Mexico's Disappeared 43

Wednesday, February 15
12:00 PM PST
Online Event
"After Ayotzinapa" Reveal’s three-part series about the disappearance of 43 Mexican college students in 2014. Reveal's lead producer and reporter Anayansi Diaz-Cortes will present about the making of this podcast series and the latest about the government’s investigation about this case which exposes corruption at the highest levels, and an unsettling connection to America’s war on drugs.

Student Opportunities

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.


NALAC Leadership Institute

Deadline: February 13, 2023, 11:59 PM. CST.  

Participation in the NALAC Leadership Institute (NLI) is open to U.S. and Puerto Rico-based Latinx artists, arts administrators, and cultural workers. Artists and arts administrators working in all media or disciplines (i.e. visual, theatre, dance, literary, performance, digital,) are encouraged to apply. The 2023 NLI will take place in person between July 9-15, 2023, in San Antonio, Texas.  


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

Deadline: February 17, 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.  


Hispanic Scholarship Fund Scholar Program

Deadline: February 15, 2023 

Every year, HSF selects 10,000 outstanding students as HSF Scholars from a broad and talented pool of applicants. HSF Scholars have access to a network of over 65,000 HSF Alumni. HSF Alumni are leaders in their professions, communities, and the nation; many now serve as HSF mentors, career coaches, and volunteers. HSF Scholars are eligible to apply for all Scholar Conferences including, the STEM Summit, Finance Conference, Media & Entertainment Summit, Entrepreneurship Summit, Healthcare Summit, and Alumni Symposium


Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship Program 

Deadline: March 2023

The Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship Program is a grant program under the U.S. Department of State. The program enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad. It is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Pell Grant funding and planning to study or intern abroad during any term.

Successful applicants will receive awards up to $5,000 to defray eligible study/intern abroad costs. Awards amounts vary depending on the length of study and student need. Applicants who are studying a critical language such as Swahili, Portuguese, or Arabic while abroad in a country where the language is spoken will be automatically considered for the Critical Need Language Award, for a total award of $8,000. 


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.


Professional Opportunities

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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