Matthew Taylor, professor in the School of International Service and CLALS affiliate, spoke to National Post about the political, economic, and public health challenges Brazil faces as it gears up for the 2016 Olympic Games. “This is a triple-whammy,” Taylor said. “Put together, those three things are unprecedented, certainly in the last 30 years of democracy.”
LeoGrande Speaks on the Eve of Cuba's VII Party Congress
In April 2016, Affiliate William LeoGrande spoke with the Associated Press about Cuba’s future economic model in the context of normalization. LeoGrande also talked to McClatchy about political repression and the growth of a dissident activist group in Cuba that has prompted a government crackdown.
Taylor Discusses "Operation Car Wash" in Brazil
In an article for the Washington Post, Affiliate Matthew Taylor explained the significance of Brazil's recent detainment of ex-president Lula da Silva as part of a massive corruption case known as Lava Jato. The Lava Jato investigation could be the single largest corruption investigation ever undertaken, anywhere. In his analysis, Taylor explains what the case means and why it is important within Brazil and beyond.
Second Annual Latino Public Affairs Forum
An article by NBC News Latino recapped AU's 2nd Annual Latino Public Affairs Forum, and emphasized the importance of immigration as a driver for Latinos voting in the 2016 presidential election. The article quoted panelist Matt Barreto, UCLA professor and co-founder of the research and polling firm Latino Decisions, who said, "We're on the verge of possibly the largest Latino voter turnout in American history, and not just because of our community growing, but also because of the emotion that's involved in the election this year, probably more than ever."
CLALS Faculty Affiliate and SIS Associate Professor Matthew Taylor has joined the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), an independent, nonpartisan membership organization and think tank, as an adjunct senior fellow for Latin America Studies in the David Rockefeller Studies Program. He is directing a roundtable meeting series on Latin America, as well as conducting research related to corruption and the rule of law. Read more.
Dudley Discusses Honduras in The Guardian
In view of the launch of a new international anti-corruption body to tackle criminal networks within Honduras’ political and judicial systems, The Guardian featured opinion by CLALS Fellow and InSight Crime co-Director Steven Dudley about the advisability of the OAS-backed Mission to Support the Fight against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras (Maccih): "There are many, many signs that the [Honduran] attorney general’s office is doing its job better all the time. This is the time to support that office, not undermine it with outside entities.”
The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting featured an article on the documentary short When the Forest Weeps, produced by Faculty Affiliate Bill Gentile as part of the Religion and Democratic Contestation project. The Pulitzer Center praised the film, which focuses on how religion and land rights issues impact a community's relationship with the environment, as an example of research-intensive, "slow journalism." In November 2015, Gentile shared the film during a Backpack Video Journalism Workshop in Ghana.
Torres on the Future of the Cuban Economy
Research Fellow and Cuban economist Ricardo Torres discussed the future of the Cuban economy as it reinserts itself into the global economy and the developing relationship between Cuba and the United States with the Miami Herald. Torres described the developing relationship between the U.S. and Cuba as "very positive. We want to have a normal relationship with the United States as we have with the rest of the world."
Berry Discusses the Climate Treaty and the Church
With Mongabay, CAS professor Evan Berry discussed the request by Catholic bishops for a “transformative” climate treaty ahead of the Paris climate summit. Berry, a co-principal investigator for the Center's Religion and Democratic Contestation project, said he believes the time is right for religious leaders to engage in the complexities of climate change policy.
Serra on the Buena Vista Social Club
With CBS News Newspath, World Languages and Cultures associate professor and CLALS Faculty Affiliate Ana Serra discussed the significance of White House’s invitation to Cuban band Buena Vista Social Club to perform a concert. Serra said the event “evokes international collaboration.”
Dudley Discusses Rosenthal Indictment
CLALS Fellow Steven Dudley calls U.S. indictment of Hondura's former Vice President Jaime Rolando Rosenthal "a shot across all the elite’s bows in Honduras." Read the full article via the New York Times.
Armstrong Discusses Improving U.S.-Cuba Relations with IBT
An International Business Timesarticle featured comments by Research Fellow Fulton Armstrong on the U.S. easing of travel and business restrictions. "To Armstrong, the key to improving relations between the two countries lies in getting the two governments out of the way."
Albro Discusses Correa, Shortages, and the Path ahead for Ecuador
In an article describing the steep decline in popularity of Ecuador's President Rafael Correa, the International Business Times cites CLALS Research Associate Professor Rob Albro about concerns that Ecuador—facing soaring inflation and severe shortages of basic goods—may follow the path of Venezuela.
SIS Prof. Matthew Taylor Quoted in NYT
CLALS Faculty Affiliate and SIS Associate Prof. Matthew Taylor was quoted in a New York Timesarticle on the fallout of the Petrobras scandal in Brazil: "Th[e] crisis goes to the heart of Brazilian state capitalism, the blurring of lines between state economic policies and state benefactors."
Brenner Joins Celebration at Re-Opened Cuban Embassy
The Washington Post featured SIS Professor Philip Brenner in its article covering the reopening of the Cuban Embassy in Washington: "There was a war for 56 years, and the war is over." Other attendees of the historic event included Cuban folksinger Silvio Rodríguez, actor Danny Glover, and Congressmen Jeff Flake and José Serrano.
LeoGrande Speaks on the Benefits of Reopening Embassies
Washington Post Features Evan Berry on Climate Change and the Papal Encylical
The Washington Post featured CAS Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion Evan Berry in an article discussing U.S. reactions to the recently released papal encyclical on climate change. Berry, a principal investigator for the Center's initiative on Religion and Democratic Contestation in Latin America, had previously analyzed the encyclical's potential impact in Latin America on the AULA blog.
In an article featured in The New York Times, CLALS Director Eric Hershberg commented on the VII Summit of the Americas, saying that Pres. Obama has been gaining ground in Latin America and should continue to press forward policies that avoid "the old American heavy-handedness in the region."
LeoGrande Discusses Barriers to Normalization
In an op-ed for Newsweek, CLALS Affiliate and government professor William LeoGrande offered a guide on the issues that U.S. and Cuban negotiators will need to overcome to achieve normalization.
Hershberg and Rathod Discuss TPS and Central American Migrants in Roll Call
CLALS Director Comments on Changes in U.S.-Cuba Policies
CLALS Director Eric Hershberg offered commentary in a New York Timesarticle covering the turn in U.S.-Cuba relations and its potential for overcoming 50 years of "unproductive and unfortunate hostility."
SIS Professor Fox and the Case of the Missing Mexican Students
In an article for the Houston Chronicle, CLALS Faculty Affiliate and SIS Professor Jonathan Fox analyzed the case of the missing students in Guerrero, Mexico and discusses its significance as part of a broader climate of repression plaguing the state.
LeoGrande and Kornbluh Publish Back Channel to Cuba
Marguerite Jimenez Appointed as White House Fellow
Faculty Affiliate Marguerite Jimenez was appointed as a 2014-2015 White House Fellow. As one of only fifteen fellows chosen from a national pool of candidates, Marguerite has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to public service and leadership.
Eric Hershberg Featured in Christian Science Monitor Article
CLALS Director Eric Hershberg offered his take on the efforts of Central American and U.S. leaders regarding the unaccompanied child migrant crisis in a recent Christian Science Monitorarticle: "Central American leaders on solving child migrant crisis: We can't do it alone."
Héctor Silva Receives Arca Foundation Funding
CLALS Senior Fellow Héctor Silva was awarded funding from the Arca Foundation to support research on the 1989 Jesuit Massacre and the case's enduring influence on the fortunes of El Salvador's justice system following the 1992 Peace Accords.
Héctor Silva Quoted in The New York Times
CLALS Senior Fellow Héctor Silva provided commentary on the recent surge in unaccompanied child migrants in The New York Timesarticle "As Child Migrants Flood to Border, U.S. Presses Latin America to Act."
William LeoGrande Published in The Huffington Post
In an article for The Huffington Post, CLALS Faculty Affiliate and SPA Professor William M. LeoGrande analyzed results from a new poll confirming growing support among Cuban Americans for engagement with Cuba.
Matthew Taylor Quoted in The Wall Street Journal
CLALS Faculty Affiliate and SIS Associate Professor Matthew Taylor provided commentary on the Brazilian corruption trials in an article in The Wall Street Journal.
Héctor Silva Releases Book on Police and Corruption in El Salvador
At an event co-sponsored by the Inter-American Dialogue, CLALS Senior Fellow Héctor Silva shared findings from his new book, Infiltrators: A Chronicle of Corruption in the National Civil Police of El Salvador. Commentary was provided by Congressman Jim McGovern and InSight Crime Director Steven Dudley. A video of the event is available here.
CAS Professor Friedman Receives AU Scholar/Teacher Award
CLALS Faculty Affiliate and CAS Professor Max Paul Friedman has received the American University 2014 Scholar/Teacher Award. The prestigious award recognizes exceptional teaching, demonstrated concern for students and colleagues, significant contributions to the university's scholarly life, and commitment to high standards of professional and personal life.
CLALS Event Covered by C-SPAN
Watch C-SPAN's video coverage of the two-panel event "The Republicans' Latino Problem and How It Can Be Fixed," convened by CLALS.
Panel 1: The Main Issues: Complicating Latino Support of the Republican Party
Panel 2: Political Strategies to Connect the Republican Party with Latino Voters
Steven Dudley Quoted in The New York Times
CLALS Research Fellow and Co-Director of InSight Crime Steven Dudley was quoted in a New York Times article analyzing the capture of Sinaloa cartel leader Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzman.
William LeoGrande Published in London School of Economics Blog
CLALS Affiliate William M. LeoGrande assessed whether developments in Cuba merit the updating of the EU’s approach to the country, in the London School of Economics blog.
Ximena Varela Featured on Culture and the Economy
CLALS Affiliate Ximena Varela, panelist at the CLALS sponsored event "Creative and Cultural Industries and the Future of Latin America's Economy," was featured in the AU article "Investing in Culture."
NSF Awards Funding to Todd Eisenstadt
CLALS Affiliate Todd Eisenstadt received funding from the National Science Foundation for his project, "Collaborative Research: Lawsuits for the Pacha Mama in Ecuador: Explaining the Determinants of New Indigenous Movements to Mitigate Environmental Impacts."
Robert Blecker Published in ValorEconômico
In an interview published in Valor Econômico, CLALS Faculty Affiliate and CAS Professor Robert Blecker argued that a competitive exchange rate is essential to long-term economic growth in Brazil. Read the full article.
Steven Dudley Quoted in the Christian Science Monitor
CLALS Research Fellow and Co-Director of InSight Crime Steven Dudley was quoted in a Christian Science Monitor article analyzing the capture of Zetas leader Treviño Morales.
Adrienne Pine Receives Fulbright Fellowship
CAS Professor Adrienne Pine received a Fulbright to carry out her research project entitled "Nursing, Health, and Democracy in Honduras." The project examined the health impacts of the 2009 U.S.-supported coup in Honduras and explored the ways in which Honduran nurses responded to state-sponsored violence and the neoliberal restructuring of health care.
Max Paul Friedman Receives Guggenheim Fellowship
CAS Professor Max Paul Friedman was selected as a 2013 Guggenheim Fellow. The Guggenheim Fellowship supported Friedman’s research project, “The Containment of the United States: The Latin American Diplomatic Tradition and the Limits of Principle.”
Héctor Silva Published in El Faro and La Prensa Gráfica
CLALS Research Fellow Héctor Silva recently published an article on immigration reform in La Prensa Gráfica and had another published in El Faro on Salvadoran presidential candidates crafting strategies to increase their appeal to key Washington actors.
From the Fields: An American Journey
From the Fields: An American journey a film by CLALS affiliate Carolyn Brown won the California Film Orson Welles Award - Grand Category and the CreaTV award for Excellence in Directing.
Eric Hershberg featured as a panelist on U.S.-Brazil policy
CLALS director Eric Hershberg participated as a panelist on the Center for National Policy's event, "Brazil, the Southern Superpower? Policy Implications for the United States."
The large majority of the Latino population voted in favor of Obama's re-election. CLALS Research Fellow, Héctor Silva Ávalos analyzed how the second Obama administration will influence future policy reform in the op-ed "Obama después del triunfo: la agenda latinoamericana" published in El Faro.
SIS Professor and CLALS Affiliate, Daniel Esser was awarded a peer-reviewed Drugs, Security and Democracy Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) for research on urban violence in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico.
MACLAS Awards 2012
American University students Tom Long and Allison Sylvester were received awards for the best graduate and undergraduate papers, respectively at the 2012 Annual MACLAS Conference.
CLALS Director, Eric Hershberg's, editorial featured in NACLA Report on the Americas
Read Director Eric Hershberg's editorial about economic reforms in Cuba in the August issue of NACLA Report on the Americas.
The Cuban Evolution
April 21, 2011
Watch CLALS Director Eric Hershberg in an interview with Al Jazeera on the future of revolutionary Cuba.
InSight Organized Crime
March 3, 2011
CLALS-hosted InSight Crime serves as a key reference on organized crime in the Americas for journalists, policymakers, and the private sectors, as noted in a front page New York Times article.