Open Letter from the Latin American Studies Association

November 9, 2017

The Executive Council of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) wishes to express its profound concern regarding recent remarks by former president and current senator Álvaro Uribe Vélez. On November 9, 2017, ex-Pres. Uribe issued a statement on Twitter in which he described the “writings” of historian Mauricio Archila Neira as “an apology for terrorism.”

Professor Archila, a distinguished member of LASA, is a leading figure in the Colombian historical community; his voluminous scholarship has made crucial contributions to the discussion of the nation’s social and political challenges, and he has worked to expand historical studies in Colombia even under the most difficult circumstances. In doing so, his teaching and research have contributed to advancing peaceful means of addressing national problems.


About LASA

The Latin American Studies Association (LASA) is the largest professional association in the world for individuals and institutions engaged in the study of Latin America. With over 13,000 members, over 60% of whom reside outside the United States, LASA is the one association that brings together experts on Latin America from all disciplines and diverse occupational endeavors, across the globe. LASA's mission is to foster intellectual discussion, research, and teaching on Latin America, the Caribbean, and its people throughout the Americas, promote the interests of its diverse membership, and encourage civic engagement through network building and public debate.

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