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November 3, 2022

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In Memory of Eric Cameron Toler

It is with great sadness that we inform our community around the world of the passing of Eric Cameron Toler (CLAS 2011). Eric passed away last week in Seattle, Washington, after a long illness. We remember Eric as a valued member of our community, a great student and a wonderful classmate who pursued a concentration in Political Economy and earned the Honors Certificate in International Business Diplomacy.  Eric continued to contribute to the CLAS community after his graduation, sending internship announcements and showing up for alumni career panels.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Lauren Teegarden Toler, his son Caleb as well as his parents, Lee and Sylvia and his sister Allison Toler Downs. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers as they go through this difficult time. For a link to his obituary please click here

Impact of the Energy Transition in the Andean Countries: Challenges and Opportunities with Osmel Manzano

Osmel Manzano is Regional Economic Advisor for the Country Department for the Andean Countries at the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), and Adjunct Professor at the Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University.  He is responsible for the research agenda and macroeconomic monitoring of the IADB in the Andean region. He has been working on the development challenges in the region, with emphasis on natural resources, energy, growth and productivity. He has  authored different publications on these subjects. Previously he was the Regional Economic Advisor for the Country Department for Belize, Central America, Haiti, Mexico, Panama and the Dominican Republic. Before joining the IADB, he was Assistant Director, and Coordinator of the Research Program at the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF). He was also Visiting Adjunct Professor at George Washington University and Adjunct Professor at Universidad Catolica Andres Bello, the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University and IESA Business School -in Venezuela, and has been invited to teach at different Latin American universities. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government of the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He holds a Ph.D. Degree in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

When asked about his time as a professor at CLAS, Osmel said that “teaching at CLAS has been a great experience.  The variety of professional backgrounds of students and teachers always challenges us to think from a multidisciplinary perspective.  Additionally, the diversity of students' experiences enriches the class discussion.  Thanks to these discussions, new questions or problems that we need to understand better always arise and contribute to the research process”

Osmel will be giving a talk this coming Monday, November 7, at 12:30 pm in ICC 450 concerning the impact of energy transitions in the Andean region. RSVP here to attend, lunch will be served!

Event recap: Chaplains' Tea with CLAS

On November 1st, CLAS collaborated with Campus Ministry to celebrate Día de Muertos with students, faculty, and chaplains who enjoyed some traditional pan de muerto, tamales, and horchata. Our very own Associate Director, Julie McMurtry shared her knowledge of this celebration, as attendants remembered their loved ones and later joined a prayer for Peace and Justice.

Interesting Reads


Towards transformation of the development model in Latin America and the Caribbean: production, inclusion and sustainability

Government representatives from 33 member countries of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) participated in the United Nations regional commission’s thirty-ninth session, held in Buenos Aires, Argentina on October 24-26. It concluded with the approval of the proposals presented by ECLAC to propel a change in the development pattern and to promote ambitious, transformative actions for a sustainable recovery, following the cascade of crises the region has endured in the last few years. ECLAC’s position document presented during the meeting, Towards transformation of the development model in Latin America and the Caribbean: production, inclusion and sustainability, was widely welcomed by the delegations in attendance.

Read here

 Upcoming Events

Answering the Amazon’s Call: Private Sector Mobilization for Protection of the Amazon

November 4, 2022
10:00 -11:30 a.m.
Wilson Center
6th Floor Flom Auditorium, Woodrow 

Burgeoning threats to the Amazon ecosystem are pushing the region—often referred to as the planet’s “lungs”—closer to an irreversible tipping point, leading to reduced rainfall, widespread ecosystem degradation, and ultimately crippling the Amazon’s ability to serve as a carbon dioxide sink for our planet. In response, many business and social entrepreneurs are mobilizing billions in investment capital in the region to complement public and philanthropic efforts to end deforestation. Ensuring a policy landscape conducive to scaling up and leveraging private sector investment—and private sector investment that encourages sound policy—is key to safeguarding the Amazon’s future.

We invite you to join the Wilson Center in partnership with the International Conservation Caucus Foundation for a discussion with experts on this important topic on Friday, November 4th. Please RSVP to attend this event in-person or virtually.

RSVP here

Latin America and the Caribbean Economic Outlook

November 7, 2022
4:00 -5:00 p.m.
Georgetown Americas Institute
Intercultural Center (ICC) McGhee Library

Latin American economies face significant challenges as they navigate increased uncertainty due to tightening global financial conditions, persistent inflation, lower global growth rates, and increased social unrest. These conditions make policymaking more difficult as leaders must focus on macroeconomic stability and social cohesion. According to the World Bank, low growth rates are expected in 2023 and 2024 for the region, making the need for structural factors to be addressed, such as social and infrastructure investment, innovation in education, and policy reforms that address climate change. However, the question of how to jumpstart an economic recovery process that allows for continued dynamic, inclusive, and sustainable growth looms large.
To discuss these issues, Carlos Felipe Jaramillo, vice president for the Latin American and the Caribbean region at the World Bank, will provide commentary on the economic outlook and the region’s opportunities to rebuild and become more equitable and inclusive societies in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

RSVP here

Spanish Conversation Hour 

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

November 3rd 

Please contact Dr. Anne Thinglum for the Zoom link

Student Opportunities

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

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


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

U.S. Department of State Paid Student Internship Program - 2023 Summer

The U.S. Department of State Paid Student Internship Program is an experience offering U.S. citizen students a chance to participate in the formulation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy. 
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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