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.
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 Impunity and Corruption in Honduras MACCIH).
In August, Alexandria City Public Schools invited Director Eric Hershberg and Dennis Stinchcomb to present at a full-day workshop aimed at providing educators with the awareness, knowledge, and skills required to meet the needs of its growing population of Central American students. Drawing on the Center’s portfolio of work on Central American migration, their presentations provided ACPS staff with an overview of the factors driving migration from the region and offered insight into the unique needs of refugee youth and the positive role schools can have on their sense of belonging. Further coverage of the workshop is available here.