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March 16, 2023

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Alumni Feature

Eric Salgado (CLAS ’17) entered the ranks of the U.S. Foreign Service as a Political Officer at the Department of State soon after completing his degree.  His first official assignment was at the U.S. Embassy in Yaoundé, Cameroon, where his role consisted of advancing the U.S. government’s human rights agenda in a country reckoning with civil unrest, terrorism, and humanitarian crises. From there he went to Lima, Peru, where he is a consular officer, playing a role in the safety and security of U.S. citizens at a particularly turbulent time politically in the country. Last year he played a critical role as Deputy Control Officer for Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s visit to Lima to attend the Organization of American States’ General Assembly (see photo above).  His next assignment will bring him back to Washington D.C. where he will serve as Political Officer at the U.S. Mission to the Organization of American States.  
In a recent conversation with CLAS, Eric reflected on his time at Georgetown University and his diplomatic career. He stated that “CLAS contributed greatly to my personal and intellectual development.  Graduate school was an opportunity to push the bounds of my analytical and writing skills.  These are critically important in my career as a political officer since I am frequently meeting with individuals from all walks of life with the aim of understanding, as much as possible, a foreign political reality.  Then I have to interpret this information and explain how it may impact our foreign policy goals.  To do this, you have to be able to keep an open mind and use analytical skills to wade through and synthesize a lot of information.  CLAS also educated me as to regional trends and developments that make my next role at the U.S. Mission to the OAS a wonderful fit. I was very fortunate to take Dr. Angelo Rivero Santos' course on regionalism in Latin America and that education will prove vitally useful in my next assignment.”  

You can connect with Eric on LinkedIn here

Faculty News

Dr. Gonzalo Paz was recently interviewed on CNN en Español concerning China and it's growing influence in Latin America and the Caribbean in light of the recent trilateral security pact between USA, Australia, and the UK known as AUKUS. Watch the interview here. 

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


This week's episode focuses on: CARICOM Single Market and Economy Skilled Workers Programme; Women's contribution to technology in IWD observance; and Education tours at the CARICOM Headquarters.

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Los desafíos de las ciencias sociales en la coyuntura latinoamericana


En el marco del Mes de las mujeres, este nuevo volumen de la colección Masa crítica, cuya autora es Karina Batthyány, plantea la urgencia de superar las inequidades y desigualdades de nuestra región a partir de una tarea colectiva y de esbozar un nuevo contrato social que permita la construcción de un mundo más justo. En este camino, las ciencias sociales deberán adquirir un papel protagónico, ya que sus herramientas resultarán fundamentales para orientar la toma de decisiones de los gobiernos, para repensar políticas públicas estructurales y para esbozar una propuesta colectiva en América Latina y el Caribe. 
La biblioteca Masa crítica pone a disposición de los lectores y las lectoras un conjunto de textos esenciales para interpretar las nervaduras del presente y desplegar las capacidades colectivas para transformarlo.

More information here


Biblioteca “Que se pinte de pueblo”

CLACSO y IEC-CONADU presentan la Biblioteca “Que se pinte de pueblo”, una serie de libros en coedición que aborda diversos temas relevantes para un proyecto de democratización de la Universidad en América latina y el Caribe. Estos libros nos invitan a repensar y cuestionar a la Universidad latinoamericana y caribeña, inmersa dentro del contexto histórico-social actual. Los tres primeros libros de esta serie abordan temas fundamentales para la comprensión de la Universidad como un espacio de construcción de horizontes de sentido, como las formas cada vez más complejas y amplias de privatización del ámbito educativo superior que han venido ocurriendo en nuestra región desde la década del noventa; la formación docente universitaria como eje de relevancia de las políticas públicas en educación superior y de las políticas académicas de las instituciones; y los problemas centrales de la internacionalización de la educación superior desde una historia y una perspectiva latinoamericanas y caribeñas.

More information here

 Upcoming Events

Forum on Cyber-Harassment

Monday, March 20, 2023
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM ET
Hybrid Event
Woodrow Wilson Center, 6th Floor Flom Auditorium / Online
More Information / RSVP

The Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute, in partnership with Senator Josefina Vázquez Mota, who presides over the Mexican Senate’s committee on the rights of the child, will host a three-part forum on cyber-harassment and the use of technology in gender violence and gender-related crimes. The purpose of the forum is to understand the root causes of technology-assisted gender-based violence and explore the legislative, civil society, and private sector actions that can help mitigate cyber-harassment.

The Ends of Modernization: Nicaragua and the United States in the Cold War Era

Monday, March 20, 2023
4:00-5:30 PM ET, Online

The Ends of Modernization studies the relations between Nicaragua and the United States in the crucial years during and after the Cold War. David Johnson Lee charts the transformation of the ideals of modernization, national autonomy, and planned development as they gave way to human rights protection, neoliberalism, and sustainability. Using archival material, newspapers, literature, and interviews with historical actors in countries across Latin America, the United States, and Europe, Lee demonstrates how conflict between the United States and Nicaragua shaped larger international development policy and transformed the Cold War.

David Johnson Lee is a professor at Temple University where he also received his Ph.D. He is the author of The Ends of Modernization: Nicaragua and the United States in the Cold War (Cornell University Press, 2021) as well as many other reviews and articles.

The Washington History Seminar is co-chaired by Eric Arnesen (George Washington University) and Christian Ostermann (Woodrow Wilson Center) and is organized jointly by the American Historical Association and the Woodrow Wilson Center's History and Public Policy Program. It meets weekly during the academic year. The seminar thanks its anonymous individual donors and institutional partner (the George Washington University History Department) for their continued support.

More information here

Plan B and the Future of Democracy in Mexico

Tuesday, March 21, 2023
4:00-5:00 PM ET
Hybrid - Livestream / In-Person
1616 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

Join the CSIS Americas Program for a timely and important conversation on the state of democracy in Mexico with Dr. Lorenzo Córdova Vianello.

On February 22 of this year, Mexico’s senate passed an electoral reform that threatens to overhaul the National Electoral Institute (INE), significantly cutting its budget, staff and offices, and stripping it of its ability to independently oversee the country’s elections. The bill, known as “Plan B,” moved forward almost immediately even after an even more sweeping reform was defeated in Congress and it represents a serious setback to Mexico’s democracy as well as a path for President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to continue his consolidation of power. The weakening of this important electoral arbitrator, the modification of what is considered political propaganda, and the easing of sanctions against political parties are worrying scenarios that the international community should focus on at a time in which democratic backsliding is plaguing the region.

Immediately after the legislation passed the senate, the Mexican public took it to the streets to protest the bill all across the country and abroad. The great popular support that the INE enjoys shows the galvanization of the country behind the institution, and points to popular and legal battles that Lopez Obrador will face in the coming months. This event will spotlight Dr. Lorenzo Cordova Vianello, director of the INE, who will delve into the state of democracy in Mexico and the outlook of institutions in the country. The panel will also explore policy recommendations for the United States and international community to support Mexico’s democracy.

U.S.-Brazil Economic Relations: New Opportunities for Trade and Investment

Wednesday, March 22, 2023
8:30-9:30 AM ET
In person: 6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Tatiana Rosito, President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s secretary for international affairs in the Ministry of Finance, will visit the Wilson Center’s Brazil Institute to discuss opportunities to strengthen partnerships between public and private financial institutions throughout the Western Hemisphere.

Secretary Rosito was appointed to her position on January 11, following a long career in international public and private finance, including 12 years in Asia at several governmental, public and private institutions, including the New Development Bank and Brazil’s diplomatic missions in Beijing and Singapore. She is the founder of the China Analysis Group at CEBRI (the Centro Brasileiro de Relações Internacionais), and has served on the Brazil-China Business Council.

More information here

Wednesday, March 22, 2023
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET
CLAS Suite (ICC 484)

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues and the Bureau of Global Public Affairs formally invite you to join us at the U.S. Department of State on Thursday, March 23, from 9:00– 10:00AM EST for a Foreign Policy Classroom Event, featuring remarks from Senior Official for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Liz Allen and a panel discussion with the U.S. Special Envoy for Youth Abby Finkenauer, Senior Official in the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues Kat Fotovat, and girls and young women from the United States, DRC, Ecuador, Guyana, and Uganda. 

If you reside in the D.C. Metropolitan area, we invite you to join us in the Burns Auditorium at the U.S. State Department, in Washington, D.C. For those outside of D.C., this event will be livestreamed, and the link will be shared following registration.

Please RSVP here by Friday, March 17


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.

Student Opportunities

Convocatoria de investigación para equipos
Deadline: March 27, 2023
América Latina y el Caribe están viviendo una época de gran inestabilidad y cambios políticos, donde se manifiestan los límites y problemas de las democracias tal como las conocemos en las últimas décadas. A su vez, la región vive una coyuntura de protestas masivas, revueltas populares, así como de protagonismo de diversos tipos de movimientos sociales que –desde su especificidad– se oponen a las diversas violencias del neoliberalismo.

Desde CLACSO promovemos el despliegue de Plataformas para el Diálogo Social, concebidas como espacios de trabajo, intercambio y propuestas multiactorales y multidimensionales, por ello lanzamos la convocatoria “Movimientos sociales y activismos en América Latina y el Caribe. Su lugar en la actual coyuntura: experiencias y proyecciones”. En ella se promueve la postulación de equipos de investigación integrados por investigadoras e investigadores de diversas disciplinas y experiencias, en conjunto con activistas y referentes de movimientos sociales.

El objetivo de esta Convocatoria es comprender las actuales formas de activismo y expresión de los movimientos sociales en América Latina y el Caribe.

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.

Oye Como Va: Sound, Voice, and Movement in the Americas, Call for Proposals
Deadline: March 24, 2022
The University of Maryland, College Park’s Latin American and Caribbean Studies Center (LACS) and the LACS Graduate Collective call for proposals to participate in the conference Oye Como Va: Sound, Voice, and Movement in the Americas. The 15th Annual Student Conference will be held on May 4th and 5th, 2023, at the University of Maryland and will include a series of public programs, academic panels, workshops, and art-based presentations, and a keynote panel.

The conference committee invites proposals from graduate and undergraduate students, emerging scholars, established faculty, artists, activists, and every person interested (including those outside of traditional academic spheres) presenting in English, Portuguese, Spanish, and/or French. We encourage contributions that propose solidarities between disciplines and types of knowledge.
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 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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