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Stinchcomb, Dennis A
Assistant Director for Research

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Latin American/Latino Studies Washington, DC 20016-8137 United States

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Analyzing Impacts of COVID-19

CLALS is committed to disseminating quality analysis of COVID-19's impact on Latin America and Latino communities in the United States, including Center projects and publications from American University faculty and partner institutions worldwide. View our collection of analyses, projects, and infographics.

About the Center for Latin American & Latino Studies

The Center for Latin American & Latino Studies (CLALS), established in January 2010, is a campus-wide initiative advancing and disseminating state-of-the-art research. Our faculty affiliates and partners are at the forefront of efforts to understand economic development, democratic governance, cultural diversity and change, peace and diplomacy, health, education and environmental well-being. CLALS generates high quality, timely analysis on these and other issues in partnership with researchers and practitioners from AU and beyond. Learn more about us.

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Read CLALS Director Eric Hershberg's annual message.

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Central American Migration Research Initiative

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Religion and Environmentally-Induced Displacement

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The Robert A. Pastor North America Research Initiative

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CLALS Publishes Report on Latino-Owned Businesses

The Center has launched its latest report, “Pandemic Relief for Latino-Owned Businesses: Lessons from the Washington DC Metropolitan Area.” Building on a prior report assessing the pandemic’s impact on Latino-owned businesses, CLALS Professors Rob Albro and Eric Hershberg have co-authored a comprehensive study addressing access to pandemic relief resources for Latino-owned enterprises in the Washington Metropolitan Area. The study compares how area jurisdictions have handled federal, state, and local aid for businesses, development and promotion of relief programs, institutional mechanisms for delivering aid, and customized efforts to reach Latino business owners. The study also offers policy recommendations to limit future vulnerability and forge capable institutions to assist Latino businesses.

Part of the CLALS Working Paper Series, this report is the product of an ongoing CLALS project analyzing Latino entrepreneurship in the Washington, DC metro region, as well as collaboration between the Center, the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and AU’s Kogod School of Business. Read media coverage of the report.

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CLALS Receives Two Grants from the Institute for War & Peace Reporting

CLALS has been awarded $300,000 from the Institute for War & Peace Reporting to carry out a research and public information initiative to illuminate China’s efforts to shape perceptions of its role in Latin America and the Caribbean. With a focus on Brazil, Argentina, Chile, and El Salvador, this project will examine three domains of Chinese engagement with and messaging in the region: Covid public health diplomacy, information and communications technology, and public diplomacy. Beginning with a comprehensive review of state-of-the-art scholarship analyzing China’s stake and strategies across countries and sub-regions of LAC, and wide-ranging data collection regarding China’s activities and strategic communication in each country, this study will highlight the focus of China’s engagement, the modes in which its ambitions are communicated, and perceptions of China among the public and opinion leaders. These data will be summarized and circulated in multiple languages, in the form of maps, infographics, blogs, webinars, podcasts, and other digital and social media platforms. CLALS is grateful to the US Department of State for funding this research. Learn more about the project by visiting the dedicated project webpage.  

CLALS has also been awarded $150,000 from the Institute for War & Peace Reporting to assess the cumulative economic and social effects of U.S. engagement in Uruguay and Chile over the past twenty years. This study will examine the nature, scale, and impacts of efforts undertaken by government and civil society to boost prosperity in each country. It will provide quantitative assessments of resource flows from the U.S. through such channels as investment, trade, tourism, and programs of direct and indirect assistance. It will also gather and interpret qualitative information on flows of knowledge and expertise through such mechanisms as technological diffusion, training, and technical assistance across education, defense, the arts, and health, among other sectors, including assistance to combat COVID-19. CLALS is grateful to the U.S. Department of State for funding this research. Learn more about the project by visiting the dedicated project webpage.

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Media Mentions

Professor of Government and CLALS Faculty Affiliate William M. LeoGrande spoke to El Pais English about the Biden administration's Cuba policy. LeoGrande said, “It is possible that internal political benefits can be obtained by maintaining the status quo.”

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