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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 – Research outputs in this area include 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; Briefing Books detailing the experiences of Argentine journalist Jacobo Timerman; and identification of documentary evidence for 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.