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March 30, 2023

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CLAS Highlight of the Week

The Honorable Dessima Williams meets with student groups at Georgetown

Ambassador Williams Meets with the Caribbean Cultural Circle

Last week, the Caribbean Culture Circle and the Center for Latin American Studies hosted The Honorable Dessima Williams in conversation about her experience advocating for  the Caribbean on the international stage. Members of Georgetown’s undergraduate community were able to ask Ambassador Williams questions surrounding the political and economic futures of the region as well as learn how to ensure Carribbean voices are represented in global forums. Overall the discussion was engaging and inspiring. The event was a fantastic way for the Carribean student community to hear from the first Visiting Distinguished Professor of Global Perspectives.

Learn more about the CCC here

Ambassador Williams Meets with Latin American Foreign Affairs Association

Last Wednesday, March 22nd, LAFAA hosted a conversation with The Honorable Ambassador Dessima Williams to discuss with students her career in diplomacy. Students who attended were able to ask Ambassador Williams questions regarding polarization and multilateralism, representation of developing countries in multinational bodies and lessons learned throughout her career. Ambassador Williams emphasized the role social justice has played in her career and the importance of building trust and fostering relationships in diplomacy. The event was an incredible opportunity for Georgetown students to directly engage with the first Visiting Distinguished Professor of Global Perspectives.

To get involved in LAFAA contact:

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 / Watches

CARICOM News Time - Stay in the Loop

In this episode, Communications Officer at the CARICOM Secretariat, Mrs Tusankine English-Francis, presents a weekly news roundup of the latest from the Caribbean Community.

For more news stories and updates, log on to our news site at; or our website at

Venezuela is suffering one of the worst humanitarian crises in the history of the Western Hemisphere, conditions that have spurred the exodus of over 7 million Venezuelans over the last decade. Yet despite the intensity and duration of the crisis, the flow of aid to Venezuela is woefully inadequate.

Between January and November 2022, the Wilson Center’s Latin American Program convened a Humanitarian Working Group with representatives of prominent Venezuelan NGOs to identify barriers to aid delivery. In a new report summarizing the working group’s conclusions, Michael Penfold and Cynthia J. Arnson identify the principle obstacle as the unwillingness of Nicolás Maduro to relinquish control over aid deliveries or allow sufficient assistance to enter the country. They also find that, even though international sanctions on Venezuela include exemptions for humanitarian and civil society organizations, over-compliance has seriously limited the operations of non-profit organizations, by curbing the willingness of donors to assume the risks associated with the disbursement of funds in Venezuela. Meanwhile, political and administrative obstacles continue to impede a humanitarian accord reached last year, while legislation proposed by the Venezuelan government would deepen control over civil society organizations.

More information here

 Upcoming Events

Corruption, Accountability and Democracy in Brazil: Challenges and Solutions

Monday, April 3, 2023
1:00-2:00 PM ET
In Person: 6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Since President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva took office on January 1, he has promised to increase government transparency and address corruption and other threats to democracy. The Office of Comptroller General of Brazil, led by Minister Vinícius Marques de Carvalho, is on the front lines of those battles. Among its responsibilities are controlling public corruption and coordinating the release of documents related to the January 8 assault on Brazil’s presidential palace, Congress and Supreme Court.

To discuss his priorities, Dr. Marques de Carvalho will visit the Wilson Center’s Brazil Institute on Monday, April 3, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (ET). Please join us for an in-person conversation on Brazil’s efforts to curb corruption and strengthen its democracy.

Tuesday, April 4, 2023
3:00-4:00 PM ET
CGD's DC office, 2055 L Street NW, Floor 5, 20036, Washington, DC
Stream Online

The multilateral development banks are in the spotlight as countries struggle to address multiple crises, setbacks in poverty reduction, and global climate and health challenges. Shareholders and the broader international community are calling for a system-wide reform of MDBs to help them assist countries in tackling these challenges.

Ilan Goldfajn was elected president of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in November 2022, as Latin America grappled with low growth and serious social strains, pressures which have continued. He brings extensive public finance and private sector experience to the position. Amanda Glassman, Liliana Rojas-Suarez, and Nancy Lee from the Center for Global Development will engage with President Goldfajn to discuss his vision for the IDB and its role in addressing the challenges confronting Latin America and the Caribbean.

If you have questions for our panelists, please submit them to, tweet @CGDev #CGDTalks, or submit your comments via YouTube.

Father de Roux speaks with a blue and grey curtain behind him

Seeking Truth: The Challenges and Achievements of Colombia’s Truth Commission

Tuesday, April 11, 2023
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. EDT
Location: Mortara Center Building Conference Room

In 2016 the Colombian government signed a historic peace accord with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerillas, ending half a century of conflict. As part of the agreement, Colombia created a Commission for the Clarification of Truth, Coexistence, and Non-Repetition, charged with investigating and clarifying major human rights violations and shedding light on the causes and origins of the conflict. Rev. Francisco De Roux, S.J., led a group of 11 commissioners and a staff of 3,000 in compiling the commission’s final report, presented in the summer of 2022. 

The Georgetown Americas Institute and the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame are pleased to welcome Rev. Francisco De Roux to talk about his experience as chair of the commission; the findings, challenges, and successes during his five years leading the effort; and his personal reflections on the role of truth commissions in countries torn by conflict. The conversation with Rev. De Roux will be moderated by Georgetown Americas Institute Managing Director Denisse Yanovich and Founding Director Alejandro Werner. 

This event is co-sponsored by the Georgetown Americas Institute at Georgetown University and the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame.

Wednesday, April 12, 2023
7:00-9:00 PM ET
Bioethics Research Library, Healy Hall 102

Student Opportunities

El creciente deterioro del Estado de Derecho, la erosión de las instituciones democráticas y el aumento de las desigualdades sociales provocadas por la pandemia COVID-19 en las Américas están amenazando el respeto a las libertades civiles y políticas y el bienestar económico de la región.

El Centro para el Avance del Estado de Derecho en las Américas de Georgetown Law (CAROLA) y el Programa de Liderazgo de América Latina de la Universidad de Georgetown (LALP) han diseñado un programa virtual e innovador para jóvenes abogados y abogadas con vocación y compromiso de promover el Estado de Derecho en las Américas.

DEADLINE: March 31, 11:59 PM

More information here

Feminismo, Trabajo y Acción Sindical: Diálogo entre Europa y América Latina 
Deadline: July 17, 2023
El Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales (CLACSO), junto con el Instituto de Estudios Sociales en Contextos de Desigualdades de la Universidad Nacional de José C. Paz (IESCODE – UNPAZ), el Instituto Universitario de Estudios de las Mujeres de la Universidad de Valencia y el Grupo de Trabajo CLACSO “¿Qué trabajo para qué futuro?” organizan la Convocatoria de ensayos “Feminismos, trabajo y acción sindical: diálogos entre Europa y América Latina” con el propósito de incentivar la investigación y reflexión crítica en torno a dinámicas, demandas y marcos normativos resultantes de la confluencia de ideas y prácticas feministas en el ámbito laboral y sindical.
American Literary Translator Association, Call for Fellowship Submissions
Deadline: April 17, 2023

The ALTA Travel Fellowships, which are awarded annually to emerging translators to help them participate in ALTA programming, are open for submissions. Applications this year are open until April 17 at 11:59pm PT via Submittable only. This year, ALTA Travel Fellows will be awarded a monetary prize and will participate in a reading at the ALTA conference in Tucson, AZ in the fall.

For the ALTA Travel Fellowships, an emerging translator is defined as someone who does not yet have a book-length work of translation published or under contract. ALTA considers chapbooks to be book-length publications for the Travel Fellowships. The ALTA Travel Fellowships are open to individual translators (not teams of co-translators).

Among the fellowships is the Peter K. Jansen Memorial Travel Fellowship, which is preferentially awarded to an emerging translator of color or a translator working from an underrepresented diaspora or stateless language. Applicants for the Jansen Fellowship should apply using the ALTA Travel Fellowship application, and check the Jansen Fellowship eligibility box in the application form.
Internship, Latin America Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
All who are selected to participate in CFR’s Blavatnik Internship Program and Robina Franklin Williams Internship Program receive training in the field of foreign policy and international affairs as well as skills training in writing, research, program planning and much more.
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.

Apply here

Professional Opportunities

The Department of Human Resources is pleased to announce external employment opportunities in the general secretariat.


Job Title: 
Human Rights Specialist (Specific Funds)
Organizational Unit: Inter-American Commission on Human Rights - Follow-up of Recommendations and Impact Section
Grade: P02
Employment Announcement Number: EO/27/23

Job Title: Administrative Assistant (Regular Fund)
Organizational Unit: Office of Protocol
Grade: G04
Employment Announcement Number: EO/28/23

Job Title: Administrative Officer (Regular Fund)
Organizational Unit: Office of the Assistant Secretary General
Grade: P02
Employment Announcement Number: EO/15/23

To see the employment opportunities please click in the following link: 

External Employment Opportunities
 The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is a private, nonprofit foundation dedicated to the growth and strengthening of democratic institutions around the world. Each year, NED makes more than 2,000 grants to support the projects of non-governmental groups abroad who are working for democratic goals in more than 100 countries.

Grants Officer, Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC)
We seek a motivated, energetic, organized, and resourceful Grants Officer, Latin America, and the Caribbean who is a mission-oriented team player, and who would be excited to join a fast-paced Grants LAC team.  This position is based in Washington, D.C.
Job Posting

Program Officer, Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC)
The Program Officer will work with the LAC team leadership to manage the Endowment’s LAC Regional program, particularly initiatives focused on democratic cooperation and solidarity building in the region, including monitoring and assessment of regional projects.
Job Posting

Associate Editor, Journal of Democracy
The Associate Editor’s primary role will be to edit Journal of Democracy manuscripts for print and online, proofread Journal issues, and edit and proofread book manuscripts and special projects. Additionally, the Associate Editor will assist the Senior Editor with managing the Journal’s website; and handle various other editorial tasks.
Job Posting

For a complete list of job postings at The National Endowment for Democracy visit their Careers Page

Program Specialist, Inter-American Foundation
Join the IAF, an independent agency of the U.S. Government which promotes community-led development in Latin America and the Caribbean by awarding grants to local, civil society organizations throughout the region. The incumbent will be responsible for providing program and administrative services necessary for the efficient and effective operation of the Office of Programs.


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