MS13 CLALS Report Cited in Revista Factum
This Revista Factum article cites the joint CLALS and InSight Crime study on the transnational criminal capacity of MS13, noting that the gang is far from being a drug cartel.
MS13 Violence: Method or Madness?
CLALS Research Fellows Steven Dudley and Héctor Silva Ávalos explained why violence is a manifestation of MS13's dysfunction and is one of the main factors that keep it from reaching its full potential. This article draws on findings from a joint CLALS and InSight Crime multi-year initiative investigating the criminal capacity of MS13.
Dudley and Silva on Trump and MS13
CLALS Research Fellows Steven Dudley and Héctor Silva Ávalos released an article for InSight Crime on "Why Trump is Wrong to Blame Migration for MS13 Expansion, Violence." The authors claim that the Trump administration has used the MS13 as a bogeyman to draw support for its policy of searching out and deporting more undocumented migrants.
Research Fellow Contributes to Real Clear World
CLALS Research Fellow Michael McCarthy contributed an op-ed piece to Real Clear World titled "The Limits to Russia and China's Support of Venezuela," detailing the fear of Chinese and Russian influence in Venezuela.
New Edited Volume on Immigration and Categorical Inequality
CLALS Faculty Affiliate Ernesto Castañeda recently published an edited volume, Immigration and Categorical Inequality: Migration to the City and the Birth of Race and Ethnicity. The book explains the general processes of migration, the categorization of newcomers in urban areas as racial or ethnic others, and the mechanisms that perpetuate inequality among groups.
New Routledge Volume on Mexican Migrants’ Political Impact
CLALS Fellow Michael Danielson recently published a book that explores Mexican migrants' political impact on their communities of origin. Emigrants Get Political: Mexican Migrants Engage their Hometowns argues that migrant political behavior results in a range of political outcomes and does not uniformly enhance democracy.
Professor Charles Call on the Stolen Honduras Election
Charles Call, CLALS Affiliate and Professor in the School of International Service, analyzed recent political trends in Latin America in his article published by the Brookings Institute. In the article, Call focuses on what Honduras’ election crisis reveals about Latin America’s broader democracy challenges.
Professor Charles Call Pens Article on the Global South for Brookings
CLALS Affiliate and SIS Professor Charles Call shed lights on the perception of the United Nations in the Global South in a Brookings article, "Is the UN a friend or foe?"
Professor Matthew Taylor Quoted in Bloomberg
CLALS Affiliate Matthew Taylor weighs in on the impact outside organizations have in untangling corruption in Latin America in this article titled, “Outsiders Can't Clean Up Latin America's Corruption.”
Trump’s New Cuba Sanctions
Regulations on travel and trade will likely have little impact on Cuba’s government, hurting ordinary Cubans instead. CLALS Affiliate William LeoGrand analyzed the impact of Trump’s new sanctions on Cuba and how they may have missed the mark in this article in America's Quarterly.
LeoGrande Reviews New Trump Plan Toward Cuba
CLALS Affiliate and School of Public Affairs Professor William LeoGrande analyzed reports of President Trump's plans to reverse many Obama-era Cuba policies in the context of Trump's ties to Russia, and the implications for Cuba-Russia relations, in the Huffington Post.
CLALS Director Interviewed by TV Perú Noticias
CLALS Director Eric Hershberg analyzed President Trump's first 100 days in office during an in-studio interview with TV Perú Noticias. In addition to analyzing several of Trump's campaign promises (like the border wall with Mexico), Hershberg stressed that the remainder of Trump's presidency would be a test to the strength of democratic institutions in the U.S.
Professor Broad Receives Guggenheim Fellowship
CLALS Affiliate and SIS Professor Robin Broad was awarded a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship. The award committee noted that Professor Broad has combined "scholarship and policy thinking on development with environmental considerations, both in general and as they affect the most marginalized populations in developing countries." Read more about Professor Broad's work here.
CLALS Director Featured on New Podcast
CLALS Director Eric Hershberg was recently featured on Resumen Latinoamericano and CLASCO's new podcast, " TrumPolis." Director Hershberg spoke about Trump's immigration policies in comparison with President Obama's, and the rise of xenophobia in the United States and elsewhere.
CLALS Director Comments on Possible US Sanctions on Venezuela in the Christian Science Monitor
CLALS Director Eric Hershberg was quoted in a Christian Science Monitor piece on possible US sanctions on Venezuela: "It's not a particularly impactful measure, except that it could ironically reinforce unity among government officials in Venezuela … and be counter-productive to US preferences."
CLALS Director Evaluates Trump's First Weeks in Office for Latin American Press
CLALS Director Eric Hershberg was interviewed by TeleSUR's Jorge Gestoso regarding President Trump's first days in office, the mass mobilizations against Trump, and the potential implications that the Trump administration will have for Latinos in the U.S. Hershberg also spoke with Chilean newspaper El Mercurio on Trump's executive orders on immigration.
CLALS Experts Analyze Trump's Ascent and Fidel's Passing
CLALS experts have been featured in several publications regarding the implications of Fidel Castro's passing and potential impacts of a Donald J. Trump presidency in Latin America. CLALS Director Eric Hershberg told the Daily Signal that Trump has the authority to roll back many of the normalization advancements made by the Obama administration in Cuba. The Wall Street Journal quoted CLALS Affiliate Matthew Taylor: "It looks like Latin America is turning into a favorite punching bag for Trump's tweets, and here we can include Mexicans, the wall, and now Cuba." And in an op-ed piece for the New York Times, CLALS Affiliate William LeoGrande argued that Trump's negotiating style won't work in Cuba, especially after Fidel's passing.
CLALS Director on Implications of 2016 US Presidential Election in Latin America
CLALS Director Eric Hershberg spoke with Fox News Latino about Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa's decision to cut off WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange's internet access at the country's embassy in London. "It may in part have to do with Correa thinking that to assist the campaign of Donald Trump would be unconscionable," Prof. Hershberg said in reference to the idea that the WikiLeaks' releases are helping the GOP nominee's run for the White House. Prof. Hershberg was also featured in TeleSur TV's La Entrevista con Jorge Gestoso about the upcoming U.S. presidential election and the outcome of the election's potential impacts on Latin America.
DC Area Survey Covered by the Washington Post
The Washington Post covered findings from the inaugural 2016 DC Area Survey (DCAS), "Neighborhood Diversity and Well-Being." The survey -- co-sponsored by CLALS and the School of Public Affairs' Metropolitan Policy Center -- captured resident perceptions of neighborhood satisfaction, health, crime, and governance in ethnically and racially diverse communities in the metropolitan DC area, highlighting "Quadrivial" and disproportionately Latino neighborhoods. In the article, primary investigator Michael D.M. Bader states that DC has "made progress in opening access to diverse neighborhoods."
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.
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."
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."
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.
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.
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.
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
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 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.
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 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.
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."
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 Jesuit.org 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.
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."
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.
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
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.