There is a reason why un cafecito is what you order on Calle Ocho in Miami. It is not for the quick gulp or convenient jolt of caffeine rippling through your veins. Sure, you feel special ordering this dark liquid in a foreign language, but for the nine to five worker or jardinero, el cortado—a … More Can I Have a Cafecito with that Trade Embargo?
I struggle to interpret recent racial events in my country, from the tragic deaths of unarmed black men and women at the hands of police, to the bizarre Rachel Dolezal episode, to the limited victory of University of Missouri President Tim Wolfe stepping down, to the terrifying assault of a black high school student. It’s … More The Americas’ Little White Lies
Conocí a Francisca en junio por medio del Language Exchange Program. Semana a semana, ella ha mejorado su inglés tanto como yo intento mantener mi castellano. Nuestra amistad alimenta mi nostalgia por el semestre que pasé en Chile, en el 2013. Al hablar con ella, me enteré de su presencia en la judicatura chilena y … More Logros, limitaciones y liderazgo: Entrevista con María Francisca Zapata
As a member of LAGO, I recently had the pleasure of helping to organize a Q&A on the Hill. This gave me the opportunity to return to where I worked before starting my masters and even to reconnect with my former supervisor, a senior staff member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Students got to … More Q&A on the Hill Recap: Thoughts and Advice on Doing Latin America on the Hill
Mi corazón es zona neutral, Pueblo fronterizo Un águila que vuela en un país de estrellas Pero cada día, las rayas de la bandera Parecen más barras de una cárcel Mi alma mestiza no tiene hogar En la tierra que rechaza una mitad. Soy moneda malograda Peso de un lado, quarter del otro ¿Dónde valgo … More “Yo y I: Una Exploración de la Identidad Latina en Comunidades Fuera de Latinoamérica”
Pope Francis returned to Rome the night of Sunday, September 27th, bringing his historic U.S. visit to a close. I think I speak for many people when I say I’m more than a little disappointed it’s all over. It is always a bit of a letdown when a highly anticipated event comes to an end, … More Respect for Human Dignity Becomes Takeaway Message From Pope Francis’s Historic First Visit to the United States
Most reports about the Summit of the Americas, held two weeks ago in Panama, coincided regarding one issue: it was historic. The reconciliation of the United States and Cuba signaled the return of the latter to this hemispheric forum. Aside from that, there wasn’t enough time or consensus to talk about other pressing issues in … More The 2015 Summit of the Americas: What Wasn’t Said
More than a month after the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) put on its four million dollar show, we can say that CELAC fever has finally subsided. After thirty three heads of state and their delegations met in Costa Rica for the III Summit at the end of January, I wonder: what … More Consensus in Latin America and the Golden Snitch: Which is more elusive?