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November 10, 2022

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Alumni Highlight

Christina Fetterhoff (CLAS '04) oversees the implementation of Race and Equality’s programs, and designs strategies to advance organizational goals in collaboration with civil society partners.

Before joining Race and Equality, Christina was a Fellow at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights. Her interest in social justice issues in Latin America has led her to study transitional justice in Argentina, intern with an indigenous rights organization in Ecuador, and eventually become a Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay. While there, Christina worked with community leaders to expand local government services, especially for women and children.

Christina received her J.D. from American University Washington College of Law, where she specialized in international human rights law and gender issues, and also holds an M.A. in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University and a B.A. in Political Science from Bryn Mawr College. She is admitted to practice law in the state of New York.

Reflecting upon her experience at CLAS, she said: "Through studying at CLAS I gained the foundational knowledge that has helped me to understand the diverse and intersecting forms of inequality present in Latin America and the Caribbean. In my work now, as Director of Programs at the International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights, I put that knowledge into practice to develop innovative programs with our civil society partners. These programs strive to address those inequalities in sustainable ways through capacity building trainings, documentation of human rights violations, litigation, and advocacy."

Event recap: Buenos Aires Consensus towards COP 27

On November 3, CLAS welcomed Fernando Straface, the Secretary-General of the City of Buenos Aires to discuss the C40 Global Summit of Mayors on Climate Change held earlier this year. Mr. Straface emphasized the central role that cities can play in responding to climate change. One of the goals of this conference was to develop concrete commitments to be presented at the upcoming COP 27 Conference. More information on the C40 Summit can be found here.

Event recap: From Dependency Theory to Local Governance: Extractive Industries and

On November 7, CLAS welcomed Dr. Osmel Manzano, Adjunct Professor at the Walsh School of Foreign Service and Regional Economic Advisor for the Country Department for the Andean Group at the Inter-American Development Bank, to discuss the linkages between local governance, extractive industries and development. Dr. Manzano analyzed the interactions between the resource sector and the broader economy, and its impacts on employment, education and mortality at the national level. Importantly, he discussed key challenges for this sector, which include public perception of extractive industries against their actual performance, and issues of governance and lack of

Event recap: Inclusivity, Prosperity, and Success, The Experience of Brazilian Businesswoman Luiza Trajano

On November 3, CLAS and the Georgetown Americas Institute welcomed Luiza Trajano, a trailblazing Brazilian businesswoman, to discuss the role that entrepreneurs can have in fighting sexism and discrimination and promoting employee-friendly environments in Latin America. Over 70 students joined her, professor Elcior Santana and GAI director Denisse Yanovich to learn about Corporate Social Responsibility and Trajano's professional journey. 

Interesting Reads


The care society : A horizon for sustainable recovery with gender equality

The multiple crises of recent years have shown that the current development model is unsustainable and fails to address the structural gaps that affect the vast majority of the population of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Against this backdrop, a comprehensive and cross-cutting approach is needed to halt the enormous setbacks that jeopardize achievements of the targets set in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Regional Gender Agenda. It is also urgent to implement the structural change in the development model that ECLAC has been advocating for over a decade. To avoid widening gender gaps and move towards substantive equality, what is needed are accurate assessments and concrete proposals that will contribute to breaking from a development model that has disregarded the care of people and the planet.

This document reflects the concern regarding the need for a paradigm shift and offers analyses and recommendations for moving towards a care society.

Read Publication Here


North America 2.0  Forging a Continental Future
Wilson Center

After a tumultuous three decades of the North American Free Trade Agreement, a different continent is emerging. A new report from the Canada and Mexico Institutes offers an agenda for how the region’s leaders can forge inclusive and effective strategies that ensure North America’s next decades build upon past successes, while also addressing its shortcomings.

Read Publication Here

 Upcoming Events

Militarization in Mexico: a discussion of the future of security, human rights, and civil-military relations

November 10, 2022 2:00-3:00 pm

Prior to taking office in 2018, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador pledged to transform the failed security strategy of his two predecessors, who had relied on deploying Mexico’s military in internal policing tasks. However, López Obrador has instead deepened militarization both within and beyond the realm of public security.

In September 2022, Mexico’s Congress approved the president’s proposal to make the National Guard—Mexico’s already-militarized federal police force—part of the Ministry of Defense (Secretaría de la Defensa Nacional, Sedena). As a result, federal policing tasks will now be carried out exclusively by the armed forces. In October 2022, Mexico’s Congress approved a constitutional reform to extend direct army and navy deployment in policing tasks until 2028.

During the panel, we will discuss both the efficacy and the implications of the militarization of law enforcement, which is a trend across much of the region.

Register Here

On the Coastlines of a Caribbean-yet-to-come

Gallery Department at VisArts
November 11, 2022 7:00-9:00 pm

This group exhibition, curated by our VisArts 2022 Emerging Curator, Arnaldo Rodríguez Bagué, is a research project devoted to the exploration of how Caribbean geography and environment interacts with Caribbean art. With a focus on uplifting the voices of underrepresented artists, this exhibition highlights Caribbean artists of all different backgrounds and art styles. 
The Gallery would like to invite you to attend the onsite opening reception on November 11th from 7:00-9:00pm, during which we will also be introducing three solo new shows. The exhibition will be featured in the Kaplan Gallery from November 9, 2022 through January 8, 2023. Please reach out to for more information or to set up a group tour of the exhibition.




An Emerging Energy Alliance: Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean

November 15, 2022 10:00-11:00 a.m. ET
Online Event
Register Here

Please join the Council of the Americas and the Bertelsmann Foundation for a Zoom discussion on the emerging opportunities to meet urgent and projected European energy needs with supplies from Latin America and the Caribbean. This all-virtual, joint public program will feature experts from Europe and Latin America and the Caribbean offering views on the potential for partnership and how it might emerge.      

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has exposed Europe’s acute reliance on Russia for energy. As the Northern Hemisphere prepares for winter, diversification is required. Beyond the United States and Canada, what is the role of the Western Hemisphere in addressing European requirements? What could it aspire to be? With ample conventional reserves as well as a significant endowment of cleaner energy resources, Latin American and the Caribbean can become a critical part of the longer-term solution. The question becomes: what is required for partnership to become reality?

Student Opportunities

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.
Inter-American Foundation 

Come join the Inter-American Foundation (IAF), a nimble and transformative U.S. government agency that invests in community-led development across Latin America and the Caribbean. The General Counsel (GC) provides legal and policy advice to the Board of Directors, the President and CEO, and staff of the IAF. As GC, the incumbent serves as the agency representative, counselor, and voice on agency legal matters dealing with administrative and operational issues, as well as foreign assistance.

General Counsel (Attorney Advisor)
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. 

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

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!
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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