The past decade has seen dramatic alterations in hemispheric dynamics. Brazil has emerged as a regional power with global aspirations, and new diplomatic and trade alliances are being forged among nations throughout the Americas. The emergence of new sub-regional institutions raises questions about their relationship to existing bodies such as the OAS, whose Democratic Charter and Commission on Human Rights have played critical roles in hemispheric affairs. At the same time, a host of transnational issues, ranging from energy to immigration, calls into question the primacy of national borders and increasing demand for regional coordination and cooperation. Researchers at AU and other institutions identify the most prominent trends and evaluate their significance for peace and prosperity around the hemisphere.
With a joint focus on Latin America and Latino populations of the U.S., the Center is poised as well to examine the ways in which transnational communities are impacting both the United States and migrants’ countries of origin. Projects are underway that analyze the cross border flows of people, products and ideas that are reconfiguring the landscape of inter-American affairs.
Hemisphere in Flux: International Relations in the Americas and the Future of the Inter-American System
Important changes are underway in Inter-American relations. The traditional de facto regime in the Americas, characterized by the political and economic predominance of the United States, is being replaced gradually in the 21st century by a more multi-polar order and new regional organizations that notably exclude the United States. CLALS has launched a program of research, publication and public events addressing trends in inter-American affairs and in foreign policies of major states in the hemisphere. (Learn more)
InSight Crime: Web-based Clearinghouse on Organized Crime in the Americas
Organized crime undermines governments from El Salvador to Haiti. It fuels Colombia’s 45-year-old war and is infiltrating the Venezuelan army. It is financing the resurgence of the Shining Path rebel movement in Peru and tearing apart Mexico’s social fabric. CLALS hosts the U.S.-based staff of InSight Crime, a web-based clearinghouse of information and analysis on organized crime in Latin America that aims to serve as a resource for scholars, governments, businesses, journalists and NGOs. (Learn more)
Cuba is undergoing potentially vast transformations at a moment when U.S.-Cuba relations remain mired in a logic dating back to the height of the Cold War. To promote better understanding of Cuba's future and to foster productive ties between Cuba and the U.S., CLALS is engaged in an ongoing program of activities involving scholars and students from both countries. Our efforts encompass basic research on social and economic change, iterative dialogues about bilateral diplomacy, and collaboration with Cuban educational and cultural institutions around common interests in cultural production and citizenship. Funding for the Initiative is provided by the Christopher Reynolds Foundation. (Learn more)
U.S. Responses to Relief and Reconstruction in Haiti
In collaboration with the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), this project examines the U.S. response to the Haiti earthquake, drawing on government records, NGO reports, and testimonies of diverse stakeholders, including AFSC staff in Haiti, to identify immediate priorities and enduring challenges. (Learn More)