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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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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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Migration Bridge Crossing

Religion & Environmentally-Induced Displacement

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The Robert A. Pastor North America Research Initiative

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CLALS Releases Working Paper No. 23

CLALS released a new working paper, "Central America and the Bitter Fruit of U.S. Policy," authored by Bill Gentile, Senior Professorial Lecturer and Journalist in Residence at AU’s School of Communication. Gentile was a young freelance reporter and photographer in Central America throughout the 1980s, covering the Sandinista Revolution and ensuing Contra War in Nicaragua and its effects throughout the region. Forty years after the Revolution, he returned to Nicaragua, where the current political situation caused him to reflect on his experiences there. This Working Paper is a collection of Gentile's stories and observations on power, war, and journalism, from his initial arrival in Managua in 1979 to the present.

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Funder & Partner Highlights

With $175,000 in grants from the Ford, Open Society, and Seattle International Foundations, the Center has launched its next phase of research to fill knowledge gaps and enhance understanding of the origins, work, and impact of international anti-impunity institutions in Central America. Led by School of International Service(SIS)Prof. Charles Call with support from senior researchers at CLALS and in Central America, this project builds upon previous work analyzing the prospects for an International Commission Against Impunity in El Salvador(CICIES), as well as analysis of the Mission Against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras (MACCIH). 

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Media Mentions

CLALS Research Assistant Professor Robert Albro spoke with Tonya Mosley from WBUR in an interview on November 14, 2019. He discussed the evolution of Bolivia under Evo Morales, his recent exile to Mexico, and the social issues that self-declared President Jeanine Áñez Chávez will be faced with in the near future concerning socioeconomic inequality and enfranchisement of Indigenous rights.

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