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CLALS Releases Report on Unaccompanied Children from Central America

CLALS is pleased to announce the release of the latest installment in its Working Paper Series, titled “Unaccompanied Migrant Children from Central America: Context, Causes, and Responses” and authored by CLALS staff Dennis Stinchcomb and Eric Hershberg. The paper is part of a Ford Foundation-supported initiative to inform advocates and practitioners working with new arrivals about factors affecting the recent unprecedented surge in child and family migration from Central America. The paper presents findings around the country conditions (“push factors”), migration expansion in the context of long-term trends, and the new arrivals’ prospects for remaining in the U.S. in light of current deportation and policy responses. The full-text paper is available here.

New Working Paper on Emergent Challenges for Latin American Economies

CLALS is pleased to announce the release of the latest installment in its Working Paper Series, entitled "Groundwork for Inclusive Development: Responses to Emergent Challenges for Latin American and Caribbean Economies." Authored by Alejandro Foxley of the Chile-based think tank CIEPLAN, the working paper is one of several publications resulting from a joint CLALS-CIEPLAN initiative aimed at better understanding opportunities and challenges for the region's development agenda. The full-text paper is available here. A Spanish-language compilation of project studies will be released later this year.

Hemisphere in Flux Project Publications Available

CLALS is pleased to announce the publication of two special journal issues resulting its Hemisphere in Flux project, a multi-year initiative that sought to better understand the emerging multi-polar order and new regional organizations in the Americas. In December 2013, Lua Nova: Revista de Cultura e Política released a special edition entitled Hemisfério em Transformação with articles by project participants, including CLALS Director Eric Hershberg and Faculty Affiliates Philip Brenner (SIS) and Carlos Portales (WCL), among others. In June 2014, a special edition of the trilingual journal Pensamiento Propio, entitled El hemisferio en transformación: Regionalismo, multilateralismo y políticas exteriores en un entorno cambiante, was released in Buenos Aires. Full-text articles are available for download at the links above.

CLALS Announces Recipients of the 2014 Tinker Field Research Grants

CLALS is pleased to announce the 2014 Tinker Field Research Grant recipients:

Erik Alda (PhD student in Justice, Law and Criminology, SPA)
Maya Barak
(PhD student in Justice, Law and Criminology, SPA)
Amberly A. Ellis
(MFA student in Film and Media Arts, SOC)
Leah A. Germer (MA student in Global Environmental Politics, SIS)
Olivia Gilmore (MA student in Global Environmental Politics, SIS)
Laura S. Jung
(PhD student in Anthropology, CAS)
Carlos Martínez Ruiz (PhD student in History, CAS)
Katie Sizemore (MA student in International Peace and Conflict Resolution, SIS)
Laura Daniela Stevens León (PhD student in Government, SPA)

More information on the recipients' research projects is available here.

CLALS Announces Recipients of the Annual William M. LeoGrande Prize and Award

CLALS and SPA are pleased to announce the 2013 recipients of the William M. LeoGrande Prize for the best book on U.S.-Latin American relations, and the William M. LeoGrande Award for the best scholarly book or article on Latin American or Latino Studies published by a member of the AU community, for 2012-2013. More information on the recipients and their work can be found here.

2013 William M. LeoGrande Prize Recipient:
Kathleen C. Schwartzman
, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Arizona

2013 William M. LeoGrande Award Recipients:
Agustina Giraudy
, Assistant Professor, AU School of International Service

T. Garrett Graddy, Assistant Professor, AU School of International Service

CLALS Launches the U.S.-Cuba Archive

CLALS is pleased to announce the launch of a new digital archive on U.S.-Cuban relations. A part of the Center’s Cuba Initiative, funded by the Christopher Reynolds Foundation, this unique archive offers scholars, researchers, policymakers, and journalists interested in U.S.-Cuban relations a single point of easy access to relevant articles, laws, and reports on the full range of U.S.-Cuban issues. From human rights to migration to environmental protection, this archive includes the best and most current resource materials available—over 160 documents in all—and will be regularly updated.

CLALS Release First Working Paper on Salvadoran Gang Truce

CLALS is pleased to announce the release of its first white paper, one in a series produced for the multi-year project of research and structured dialogue on religion and violence in Latin America.

Authored by Steven Dudley, co-director of InSight Crime with reporting by Oscar Martínez of El Faro, the paper examines the role of the Catholic Church in the March 2012 truce brokered between rival gangs in El Salvador. Click here to read The El Salvador Gang Truce and the Church: What was the role of the Catholic Church? white paper.

See the May 12, 2013 public statement in Spanish by the Catholic Conference of Bishops questioning the truce, and InSight Crime's ongoing analysis.

Cuba Initiative Activities

With support of the Center's Cuba Initiative, funded by the Christopher Reynolds Foundation, AU Kogod School of Business professor Sonya Grier spent one month (January-February 2013) in Havana, Cuba conducting research on the development of social marketing initiatives around health promotion objectives. Learn more about Grier's visit and other activities of the Cuba Initiative here.

CLALS Releases First Project-Sponsored Book Publication

Scholarly articles resulting from a multi-year project co-organized by CLALS and the University of British Columbia’s Andean Democracy Research Network, have been combined in a volume, edited by Maxwell Cameron of UBC, Eric Hershberg, of CLALS, and Ken Sharpe, of Swarthmore College. The book is published by Palgrave Macmillan in English, New Institutions of Participatory Democracy: Voice and Consequence, and by FLACSO-Mexico in Spanish, Nuevas instituciones de democracia participativa en América Latina: la voz y sus consecuencias. Both are available for purchase online.

2012 Tinker Field Research Grants:

CLALS is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2012 Tinker Field Research Grants: Brian D'Haeseleer, Ph.D candidate,CAS/History - El Salvador; Adam Fenner, Ph.D candidate, CAS/History - Honduras; Milagros Haro, MA candidate, SIS/ID - Guatemala; Douglas Keillor, JD/MA, WCL - Mexico; Lindsey Murphy, MA candidate, CAS/LFS - Chile; Jennifer Yelle, Ph.Dcandidate, SPA/Government - Mexico; Sonia Saini, MA candidate, SIS/GEP - Cuba; Paula Silveira Orlando, Phd candidate, SOC - Brazil; Justine Strom, MA candidate, CAS/LFS - El Salvador; Marcela Torres, Ph.D candidate, SPA/Government - Peru & Bolivia; Tatiana Ware, Ph.D candidate , SIS/IR - Cuba & Brazil; Lydia White, MA candidate, SIS/CRS—Mexico

Latin Pulse Listeners Expand Exponentially

Latin Pulse” the podcast from the School of Communications, distributed by Link TV and iTunes continues growing with the support of the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies (CLALS) and its affiliates. The program now reaches more than 8500 listeners weekly around the world (not just in the U.S. and Latin America, but also in Europe, Asia, Australia, and Africa including China, India, Russia and Turkey, and more than 60 other countries). Since the program debuted in September, it has featured interviews with 11 affiliates of the Center and highlighted experts and other programs connected to CLALS.

Report Release: Latino/a Development Beyond the School Day

October 12, 2011

CLALS and SETH's Collaborative for Urban Education, Research and Development are pleased to announce the release of a report: Supporting Latino/a Youth Development beyond the School Day: A process evaluation of Studio R.O.C.K.S..

Scholarships to the Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition

May 22-27, 2011

CLALS provided funding to the winners of the AU Washington College of Law, 16th Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition held from May 22-27.

Hemisphere in Flux

March 25, 2011

The Center initiative, "Hemisphere in Flux", was the focus of a March 25 panel discussion organized by the Embassy of Canada, with presentations by Andres Serbin and CLALS Director, Eric Hershberg.

CLALS Establishes Partnership with CentroNia

February, 2011

CLALS partners with CentroNia in examining the ways in which after-school programs impact Latino youth and families. The report from the first phase of this project is now available.

CLALS Releases Three Reports on Cuba

February 21, 2011

With support from the Christopher Reynolds Foundation, CLALS releases three studies of basic needs provision in Cuba. (Learn More)

CLALS Represented in Argentina and Cuba

December, 2010

In December, CLALS Director Eric Hershberg participated in two panel discussions: the first, at Centro Argentino de Relaciones Internacionales, analyzing the impact of the 2010 mid-term elections on US Latin America policy and second on the study of politics and development in Latin America at the Universidad Nacional de San Martin, in Buenos Aires. He also delivered a keynote address at the Universidad de la Habana conference on Cuba and the Caribbean.

CLALS Inaugural Reception

March 16, 2010

AU faculty, staff and students, as well as guest from other academic institutions, policymaking bodies, community organizations, and NGOs, attended the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies launch reception on Tuesday, March 16 at the Katzen Center for the Arts. (Learn more)


Ruy Teixeira delivering the keynote speech at the Latinos and the 2012 Elections luncheon.

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