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Kambhu, Christopher
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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.

Message from the Director

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 Launches "The Road Ahead: Cuba After the July 11 Protests" Online Symposium

As part of its ongoing Cuba Initiative, CLALS has launched "The Road Ahead: Cuba After the July 11 Protests." This online symposium brings together the views of more than a dozen respected scholars and analysts, including voices from both inside and outside the island, to analyze the protests that swept Cuba on July 11, 2021. These original essays, in both English and Spanish, examine the political, economic, social, and cultural conditions that led up to July 11, and the significance of these events for Cuba’s future.

In addition to the original contributions, the symposium includes a section of Additional Analyses with links to commentary and analysis published elsewhere that will be of interest to a broad audience, and a longer section of Further Readings for those who want to explore the subject in greater depth.

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Funder & Partner Highlights

CLALS Receives New Grant to Study Illegal Fishing in Latin America

The Center has been awarded a $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of State as part of its one-year “Western Hemisphere Regional Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing Assessment” initiative. Led by CLALS faculty affiliate and SIS Associate Professor Matt Taylor and CLALS Research Fellow Steven Dudley, this project will assess and map fishing legislation; law enforcement capacity to address illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing (IUU fishing); scope of crimes associated with IUU fishing; and the adverse economic and environmental impacts of IUU fishing across Latin America and the Caribbean.  

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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.”

Past Media Mentions