Offering an overall political economy focus, the Latin American Studies Program (LASP) attracts over 60 students each year and enjoys a significant presence at SAIS Europe in Bologna, Italy. In addition to coursework in international economics/finance, U.S. foreign policy and international relations, the program continually seeks to develop innovative approaches to the study of the Western Hemisphere in the global context. The following sample illustrates the breadth and diversity of the LASP course offerings and the research agenda:
- Brazil and the BRICS
- Energy in the Americas
- Latin America Competing in World Markets
- U.S. Foreign Policy Toward Latin America
- Regional, Cross-Regional, and Sub-Regional Themes in Political Economy, Democratic Governance, Urban Economics, Security
SAIS/LASP is consistently recognized for its dedicated faculty and staff and the individualized attention the students receive. Through program-level fundraising efforts, LASP students benefit from a number of co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, including program-funded summer internships and fellowships in Latin America, study trips to China and other countries (most recently Brazil and Costa Rica), and LASP student activities such as Latin American film screenings with faculty commentary and Spanish/Portuguese language conversation socials. LASP is also known for maintaining close ties with its alumni community, allowing current students and the alumni themselves to effectively network for professional, academic, and other pursuits. Alumni have secured successful careers globally in investment banking, business consulting, government, diplomacy, international development, and academia, among other sectors.
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