When CLAS opened its doors in 1959, just months after the Cuban Revolution, it was one of the first Latin American Studies programs in the United States. It has continued to be a leader in area studies, bringing together scholars and practitioners from the Washington D.C. area and the region to serve as adjunct faculty. The Center regularly hosts visiting scholars from around the world and sponsors a cutting-edge research program that links students to research projects led by CLAS core faculty members.

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CLAS Announcements
  • Photo of Ambassador Nestor Mendez at Georgetown
    The Summit of the Americas
    April 24, 2018

    The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) and the Latin America Leadership Program (LALP) welcomed Ambassador Nestor Mendez, Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS). Ambassador Mendez shared his views on the recently held VIII Summit of the Americas, focusing on the lessons learned with heads of state, the Western Hemisphere, and the path ahead for the region.

  • Book cover of Matías Romero y el oficio diplomático: 1837-1898
    Matías Romero y el oficio diplomático
    April 19, 2018

    On April 19th, 2018, the Center for Latin American Studies co-sponsored an event with the Center for the Advancement of the Rule of Law in the Americas (CAROLAS) to discuss Matías Romero y el oficio diplomático: 1837-1898, a book published by Dr. Sergio Silva Castañeda and Dr. Graciela Márquez.

  • Photo of CLAS and GIWPS students and faculty with the panelists
    Colombian Women Peace Builders Reflect on Year Since Agreement
    April 17, 2018

    The recent peace deal in Colombia brought the oldest ongoing armed conflict in the Americas to a close. But there are significant challenges in implementing the agreement, according to Ofelia Castillo and Sandra Bermudez, two Colombian women who participated in the peace process between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia—People’s Army (FARC). Castillo and Bermudez spoke at a Georgetown event sponsored by the Georgetown Conflict Resolution Program, in collaboration with GIWPS and the Center for Latin American Studies on April 17, 2018.

  • Flyer for 5th Annual Georgetown Latin American Film Festival (GLAFF)
    5th Annual Georgetown Latin American Film Festival (GLAFF)
    April 7, 2018

    This past April 5th, 6th, and 7th, the School of Foreign Service LatAm Council and Center for Latin American Studies hosted the 5th Annual Latin American Film Festival, featuring three fantastic Central American documentaries. The Film Festival attracted between 75 and 170 excited attendees each night over course of the three-day event, with representatives from the Georgetown, policymaking, and the greater-Washington academic communities.

  • Photo of Luis Fortuno at Georgetown
    Puerto Rico after María
    March 21, 2018

    The Center for Latin American Studies and the Latin America Leadership Program welcomed Former Governor Luis Fortuño to the Hilltop. Mr. Fortuño shared his perspectives on the current and future challenges the island faces, particularly in light of the catastrophic damages caused by Hurricane Maria in October of 2017.

  • Photo of Pedro Reina presenting at GU on March 15, 2018
    From Foraker to María: The Porto Rico Experiments
    March 13, 2018

    On Tuesday March 13th, CLAS hosted Professor Pedro Reina Pérez for a discussion of the relationship between Puerto Rico and the United States entitled “From Foraker to María: the Porto Rico Experiments”.

  • Photo of Eric Gettig at a podium giving his presentation.
    Cuban Energy Insecurity with Eric Gettig, PhD
    March 1, 2018

    On March 1, 2018, Georgetown’s own Eric Gettig, Ph.D. graduate and current lecturer, presented an overview of his current project: a historical review of Cuba’s relationship with oil, or lack thereof. Set against the backdrop of a photograph of Cuba’s first oil well, “this is the story of the absence of a resource,” he said, launching into a compelling argument that will soon be published as a book.

  • Clinton 25 event student asks question
    Clinton 25 Event Reunited Madeleine Albright, Ernesto Zedillo, and Strobe Talbott
    February 8, 2018

    SFS Professor Madeleine Albright, former Secretary of State (1997-2001), President Ernesto Zedillo, former President of Mexico (1994-2000), and Strobe Talbott, former Deputy Secretary of State (1994-2001), gathered at the Clinton 25 Symposium to discuss the foreign policy of SFS graduate, President Bill Clinton, at the event’s “Vision for the World” panel. The Georgetown University Institute of Politics and Public Service at the McCourt School of Public Policy (GU Politics) hosted the symposium to reflect on President Clinton’s vision and presidency on the 25th anniversary of his election. The “Vision for the World” panel, moderated by SFS Dean Joel Hellman, was co-sponsored by the SFS.

  • Photo of Dr. Irfan Nooruddin
    Honduras National Elections
    January 31, 2018

    On January 31st, the Center for Latin American Studies hosted an event to discuss the alleged manipulation of the November 2017 Honduran Presidential election. Miranda Carnes, International Politics Major (SFS'19), shares her viewpoint on Dr. Irfan Nooruddin's presentation.

  • Security, Politics & Public Policy
    January 30, 2018

    On January 30, 2018, The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) welcomed Dr. Mercedes Calzado to present her research on security, politics, and public policy in relation to Argentina’s 2015 Presidential Election.