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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    What does AMLO’s victory mean for Mexicans—and people in the United States?
    July 19, 2018

    AN OPINION PIECE BY JOHN TUTINO Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) won the election as President of Mexico, with allied majorities in the Senate and Chamber of Deputies. When inaugurated he will be in position to move an agenda—a rarity in a world of fragmented power. So what does he seek?

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    Implications of Mexico’s 2018 General Elections for US-Mexico Relations
    July 19, 2018

    AN OPINION PIECE BY DR. JOHN BAILEY Mexico’s general election on July 1 came off quite well. After 50 years of following Mexican politics and seeing all sorts of election turmoil, this was no foregone conclusion. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, known as AMLO, won the presidency with 53% of the vote, a 30% margin over his closest rival. There was no doubt about the outcome, and his opponents quickly and graciously conceded.

  • Photo of Ricardo Ernst's  filming a video on Globalization
    ¿Qué significa para ti y para América Latina: Globalización, Competitividad y Gobernabilidad?
    July 19, 2018

    "Globalization is here to stay!" Executive Director of @GeorgetownLatAm Professor @Ernstr_97 talks about how Latin American countries can navigate globalization through competitiveness and governability, the topic of his upcoming book.

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    Professor Monica Arruda de Almeida on Lula's Participation in Brazil's 2018 Presidential Elections
    July 11, 2018

    Professor Monica Arruda de Almeida was mentioned in a recent Portafolio article, where she explains why Lula won't be a candidate in Brazil's upcoming October presidential elections.

  • Flyer for CAROLA Student Writing Competition on the Backlash of Globalization
    Student Writing Competition
    July 5, 2018

    Winning essays will be awarded the Marcos and Ida Kerschner Prize: $2,500 for first place, $1,500 for second place, and $1,000 for third place. The top submission will also be eligible for publication in Americas Quarterly, the leading publication on politics, business, and culture in the Americas. Submissions will be evaluated by a committee set up by Georgetown Law’s Center for the Advancement of the Rule of Law in the Americas (CAROLA). Winners will be announced on October 31st, 2018.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.