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Summer 2016

Coffee, Catholics and Climate Change

In this video report, International Reporting Fellow and SOC alumna Camila DeChalus explores how small-scale coffee farmers in Colombia are tackling the challenges posed by climate change with assistance from Catholic Relief Services. The report is a product of AU’s partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and of ongoing work at CLALS on religion and climate change across multiple regions of the world. 

Dudley Provides Congressional Testimony on Violence in Mexico 

In an article on "The Hidden Factors Behind Resurging Violence in Mexico," World Politics Review cited May 2016 testimony by Steven Dudley (CLALS Research Fellow and co-Director of InSight Crime) before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Western Hemisphere Sub-committee. Read the full testimony.

Taylor on the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

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.”

McCarthy on the Mounting Venezuelan Crisis

Is this Maduro's last year in office? Research Fellow Michael McCarthy spoke to the Miami Herald about Venezuela, opining, “Chavismo’s core support has a high melting point.” McCarthy also contributed an op-ed for the Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog, entitled "6 Things You Need to Know about Venezuela's Political and Economic Crisis," and participated in an interview with Al Jazeera.

Spring 2016

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."

The forum was broadcast in its entirety via C-SPAN. To learn more about the event, visit our ALPAF 2016 page.

Taylor Joins the Council on Foreign Relations

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.”

Taylor Comments on Brazil's Prospects in 2016

The International Business Times featured commentary by SIS professor Matthew Taylor in their article "From Political Corruption To Plunging Commodities Prices, Brazil’s Fall From Grace Could Take Years To Fix." Taking an excerpt from a recent AULA Blog, IBT quoted Taylor's forecast that, "For Brazil, 2016 will be dramatic and unpredictable – as the country weathers the most dangerous political crisis since the impeachment and resignation of President Fernando Collor in 1992."

Fall 2015

Gentile Releases When the Forest Weeps

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 Times article 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.

Summer 2015

SIS Prof. Matthew Taylor Quoted in NYT

CLALS Faculty Affiliate and SIS Associate Prof. Matthew Taylor was quoted in a New York Times article 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

After Washington and Havana announced their plans to reopen embassies, SPA professor of government and dean emeritus William LeoGrande enumerated both the practical and symbolic benefits of restoring ties with Cuba. LeoGrande wrote an op-ed for Fox News Latino, and also spoke with The Sun Sentinel, Fox News, The Washington Examiner, and Voice of America.

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.

Spring 2015

CLALS Report on Venezuela Garners Media Attention

On May 19, CLALS released a new media report, Bias or Neutrality? An Assessment of Television News Coverage in Venezuela by Globovision. The briefing and Q and A at the National Press Club were led by CLALS Director Eric Hershberg, together with researchers Mike McCarthy, Mike Danielson, and Paula Orlando.

See the related article in Market Watch and their interview on Voice of America.

Hershberg in NYT: The Summit of the Americas

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.

Fall 2014

Hershberg and Rathod Discuss TPS and Central American Migrants in Roll Call

CLALS Director Eric Hershberg and WCL Professor Jayesh Rathod made the case to give Temporary Protected Status to Central American migrants in a Roll Call opinion article.

CLALS Director Comments on Changes in U.S.-Cuba Policies

CLALS Director Eric Hershberg offered commentary in a New York Times article 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

CLALS Faculty Affiliate and SPA Professor William LeoGrande discussed his new book, Back Channel to Cuba: The Hidden History of Negotiations between Washington and Havana, co-authored with Peter Kornbluh.

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 Monitor article: "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 Times article "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.

Spring 2014

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.

Fall 2013

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 Valor Econômico

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.

Summer 2013

Steven Dudley Published in The Atlantic

CLALS Research Fellow and Co-Director of InSight Crime Steven Dudley co-authored an article in The Atlantic entitled "The Most Dangerous City in the World Is Not Where You Think It Is." The piece analyzes the roots of increased violence in the Northern Triangle countries of Central America.

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.”

Spring 2013

Immigration Policy Report by Michael Danielson

"Documented Failures: the Consequences of Immigration Policy on the U.S.-Mexico Border" a report written by CLALS Doctoral Fellow Michael Danielson was released on the website.

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.

Fall 2012

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."

John Ackerman published in The Atlantic

CLALS Research Fellow John Ackerman assessed the first weeks of Enrique Peña Nieto's presidency and the return of the PRI in his op-ed "Mexico's New President Is Off to a Troubling Start," published in The Atlantic.

Report Release - Transnational Crime in Mexico and Central America

CLALS Fellow Steven Dudley produced a report released by the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars on "Transnational Crime in Mexico and Central America".

John Ackerman published in the Los Angeles Times

CLALS Affiliate John Ackerman penned an op-ed piece, "Latinos Need Immigration Reform, Not Crumbs" which was published in the Los Angeles Times.

Héctor Silva Ávalos published in El Faro

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.

CLALS Director Quoted by BBC Mundo

As part of BBC Mundo's coverage of the second presidential debate, CLALS Director Eric Hershberg was quoted in the article, "Obama es más agresivo en segundo debate contra Romney." (October 2012).

CLALS featured on AU homepage

As part of National Hispanic Heritage Month, AU Communications wrote an article highlighting CLALS research on critical issues for Latinos.

InSight Crime co-director quoted in the New York Times

InSight Crime co-director Jeremy McDermott was quoted in a New York Times article on US involvement in the arrest of Daniel Barrera, known as "El Loco."

Summer 2012

Eric Hershberg Quoted in BBC Mundo

Center Director, Eric Hershberg, was quoted in the August 2 BBC Mundo article, Julián Castro, el hispano que inaugurará la Convención Demócrata.

CLALS Research Fellow Published in The Nation

CLALS Fellow John M. Ackerman of UNAM provided insight on the state of democracy in Mexico and the 2012 presidential elections, in the article "A Left-Wing Comeback in Mexico's Presidential Elections?" published in The Nation.

CLALS Research Fellow Awarded Woodrow Wilson Fellowship

Congratulations to Steven Dudley, CLALS Research Fellow, who was selected for the 2013 Woodrow Wilson Center Fellowship Class.

Spring 2012

SSRC Fellowship Awarded to CLALS Affiliate

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

March 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.

Fall 2011

CLALS Director, Eric Hershberg's, editorial featured in NACLA Report on the Americas

August, 2011

Read Director Eric Hershberg's editorial about economic reforms in Cuba in the August issue of NACLA Report on the Americas.

Spring 2011

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.

Two researchers sit next to each other during a panel
Victor Armony (left) and Arlene Tickner (right) discuss a point at the Hemisphere in Flux Wrokshop.

A man seated at a table makes a point during a discussion
Omar Everleny Pérez Villanueva speaks about the Cuban housing situation at a panel on the Cuban economy.