In 2005, the National Security Archive and the College of William & Mary began a partnership that has evolved into an internship experience between students, faculty, and the Archive’s Southern Cone specialist, Carlos Osorio. The project covers issues of human rights and geopolitics in the Western Hemisphere. Students investigate declassified State Department, CIA, and foreign government documents to further understand the effects of the Cold War in Latin America and to contribute to research projects on issues of justice, memory, and history in Latin America and the United States.

We hope this website will serve as a resource for the study of human rights and politics in Latin America and as a tool for scholars who can find something new and valuable to gain from our research.

Our work includes:

Project Argentina – Our latest research collaboration in this area entailed the creation of a reference chronology of the years 1976-1983, the period of the last Argentine military junta, based on declassified US government documents and other sources. Past work includes a student-produced Briefing Book detailing the experiences of Argentine journalist Jacobo Timerman and investigation of five judicial cases related to human rights violations during the dictatorship. 

Project Panama – An effort to cast light on U.S. involvement and issues of human rights during Panama’s various conservative dictatorships through the filing of FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) requests.

Project Embassy – The case of refugees seeking asylum in the Argentine embassy in Santiago, Chile after the 1973 overthrow of the Allende government and how this historical moment fits into the larger political and social context of the period.

View the Research Timeline to see how the NSA-W&M partnership has evolved from one semester to the next, and click here to meet the current research team.