Excerpts From the August 24 Announcement of a Final Peace Accord Between the Colombian Government and the FARC

The end of the conflict will mean the opening of a new chapter of our history. It means beginning a transition phase that may contribute to a greater integration of our territories, a greater social inclusion—especially of those who have lived at the margins of our development and have suffered the conflict—and strengthening our democracy so that it may be deployed in all of the national territory, and that it may assure that social conflicts are mediated through institutions, with full security guarantees for those who participate in politics. Read more

Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff makes impassioned speech in an effort to remain as president

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff presents her final arguments Monday in the impeachment trial she is facing at the Senate in Brasilia. (Cadu Gomes/European Pressphoto Agency)

August 29
A defiant Dilma Rousseff on Monday delivered what may be her last speech as president of Brazil, appealing to senators not to vote for her ouster in a controversial impeachment trial that was postponed until the Rio Olympics concluded.Rousseff began her Senate testimony with an emotional address, in which she spoke of the torture she suffered as a left-wing guerrilla imprisoned by a military dictatorship in the 1970s. She insisted that the attempt to remove her from office amounted to a coup that would only worsen Brazil’s political and economic crisis. Read more


Statement by the President on the Colombia Peace Agreement

This is a historic day for the people of Colombia.  With the finalizing of a peace agreement between Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, the longest-running war in the Western Hemisphere is coming to an end.  We have witnessed, once again, that a sustained commitment to diplomacy and reconciliation can overcome even the most entrenched conflicts. Read more

PLAS Senior Thesis Prize Nominees

Stanley J. Stein Senior Thesis Prize

The Stanley J. Stein prize is awarded by PLAS each year to the student who writes the best senior thesis on a Latin American-related topic.

Helena Michelle Hengelbrok, Anthropology
Water Belongs to Those Who are Thirsty: An Ethnography of Water, Health, and Political Belonging in Urubamba, Peru

Seth Merkin Morokoff, Economics
The Impact of Brazil’s Bolsa Familia on Child Labor Supply Effects by Age and Employment Sector

Oliver A. Quintero, Woodrow Wilson School
An Analysis of Interest Group Influence on U.S.-Cuba Trade Policy

Andrea Rodriguez Gallego, Woodrow Wilson School
Returns of Hugo Chavez’s Bolivarian Missions in Venezuela

Abdiel Santiago, Politics
In the Shadow of the Stars and Stripes an Experimental Analysis on the Manufacturing of Support for Puerto Rican Statehood

Jamie Lee Shenk, History
Where Were You When They Killed Lara Bonilla? Politics of Drugs and Peace in Colombia (1982-1984)

Zachary Willhelm Wall, History
Islands of Insanity U.S. Intervention in Brazil and the Dominican Republic, 1964-1966

Melody Zhang Qui, Woodrow Wilson School
To Push or to Cut? Decision-Making in Childbirth Amid the Brazilian Cesarean Epidemic

Kenneth Maxwell Senior Thesis Prize in Brazilian and Portuguese Studies

The Kenneth Maxwell prize is awarded by PLAS on behalf of Firestone Library to the student who writes the best senior thesis related to Brazil.

Mary Ann Ferguson McNulty, Woodrow Wilson School
When Environmental and Social Crisis Collide: Problems in the Periphery are Center State in the São Paulo Water Crisis

Seth Merkin Morokoff, Economics
The Impact of Brazil’s Bolsa Familia on Child Labor Supply Effects by Age and Employment Sector

Paul H. von Autenried, Jr., Politics
Cross-national Analysis of Positive Action Programs and their Social, Political and Economic Origins: Identity and Ethnic Preferences for Three Marginalized Peoples across Twenty-one States

Zachary Willhelm Wall, History
Islands of Insanity U.S. Intervention in Brazil and the Dominican Republic, 1964-1 6

Melody Zhang Qiu, Woodrow Wilson School
To Push or to Cut? Decision-Making in Childbirth Amid the Brazilian Cesarean Epidemic

Q&A: Does the ‘Hispanic Paradox’ still exist?

Latinos in the United States typically live longer than whites — a phenomenon commonly referred to as the “Hispanic Paradox” or “Latino Mortality Advantage.”

While not totally understood, these epidemiological findings have interested scholars, mostly because Latinos, on average, have lower socioeconomic status than whites. This is typically associated with higher death rates and worse health outcomes.

Good health at the start of migration, lower rates of smoking and strong social networks are some of the reasons researchers believe Latinos have an edge over their white counterparts in the United States.

But current health trends suggest the gap between U.S. Latinos and whites may soon be shrinking, according to Princeton University research, which points to higher obesity rates, higher incidence of diabetes, and significant disability issues as potential downfalls for Latinos. While Latinos still smoke less than whites in the United States, this may not be enough to counteract the other negative health trends.

Study author Noreen Goldman, the Hughes-Rogers Professor of Demography and Public Affairs, recently answered questions about her research. Her findings were published in Research on Aging, an academic journal.  Read More

Q&A: Brazil’s president was impeached. Now what?

Brazil’s Senate voted last week to impeach President Dilma Rousseff, a move that suspends the president for 180 days. Rousseff, who is accused of using public bank money to cover budget gaps, now faces an impeachment trial. The suspended president is calling the situation a “coup d’etat” and maintains she didn’t act criminally regarding budgetary affairs.

The impeachment raises significant questions for Brazil’s economic and political future. John Londregan, professor of politics and international affairs, answered questions about these issues and how they will affect Brazil going forward.

Londregan, a faculty associate at the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics, is a specialist in the development and application of statistical methods in political science. He also studies politics in South America, with a particular focus on Chilean legislative and electoral politics. Read more

Senior thesis: Exploring the emergence of Cuban consumerism

Senior Thesis Dennisse Calles

Dennisse Calle found the topic for her senior thesis along a Havana street, in the back of a stall that sells pirated movies and music.

Cubans pay the equivalent of a few dollars, insert a flash drive into the computer at the back of the stall, and get access to El Paquete — a weekly, one terabyte compilation of popular TV shows, movies, music, computer and phone apps, and advertisements that serves as an offline Netflix, YouTube, Craigslist and more in a country where Internet access is slow and expensive. Read more

Price explores Cuban literature and culture in ‘Planet/Cuba’

Rachel PriceRachel Price, an associate professor of Spanish and Portuguese who is also affiliated with the Program in Media and Modernity, joined Princeton in 2009. Her scholarship focuses on Latin American, Caribbean and particularly Cuban literature and culture; media; poetics; empire; and ecocriticism. Her essays have explored a range of topics including digital media, slavery, poetics and visual art. This semester she is teaching an undergraduate course, “El Género Negro: Crime Fiction,” in Spanish, and a graduate course, “Narrative Prose in Latin America — Finance and Form.”

In her new book, “Planet/Cuba” (2015, Verso Books), Price addresses contemporary literature as well as conceptual, digital and visual art from Cuba that engages questions of environmental crisis, new media and new forms of labor and leisure.  Read more