About the Blog and the Contributors

This blog is a space for young professionals researching and analyzing current events in Latin America to share news and their own analysis about the region. It is a venue for thoughtful exchange and innovative ideas.

The opinions expressed by the contributors are theirs alone and do not represent the views of any institution with which any contributor may be affiliated.


The Contributors

Michael Bustamante is Project Manager in the foreign policy program of a Washington, D.C.-based think tank. Previously, he served as Research Associate for Latin America Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Michael graduated summa cum laude from Yale University in 2006 with a B.A. in History and International Studies. During the summer of 2005, he was visiting researcher at the Instituto de Historia de Cuba in Havana. Michael has written for Current History and the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.

Sebastián Chaskel is originally from Bogotá, Colombia and graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University in 2007 with a B.A. in International Relations and Anthropology. During his time at Tufts, Sebastian was a member of the EPIIC Colloquium with the Institute for Global Leadership and interned with the Project on Justice in Times of Transition and the German Foreign Ministry. He is now a Research Associate for Latin America Studies at a foreign policy think tank in New York City and has written for Current History and ReVista: Harvard Review of Latin America.

Elizabeth Jordan writes from New York City, where she works for a human rights advocacy organization. Her human rights work focuses on research and advocacy in conjunction with activists in the field in Latin America as well as the gender-specific risks that women activists face. Liz graduated from Yale University in 2006 with dual degrees in Political Science and Latin American Studies and wrote theses on the role of Latinos in American presidential elections and the relationship between church and state in Fidel Castro’s Cuba. She has traveled to Cuba, Peru, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, and the Dominican Republic.



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