The China-Latin America Research Initiative (CLARI) is a joint effort of researchers from the United States, China, and Latin America to explore the contemporary and historical forces that shape the Pacific World. It promotes a multi-disciplinary analysis of China-Latin America relations, its history, and implications for future development through joint research initiatives, conferences, and teaching. Launched in 2015, CLARI is a joint effort of the Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, and the Director’s Office of the University Center for International Studies at the University of Pittsburgh.


The University Center for International Studies (UCIS) at the University of Pittsburgh was created in 1968 as an encompassing framework for all its multidisciplinary international programs. The design for UCIS was carefully thought out to promote the integration and synthesis of international knowledge, not its splintering into disciplinary islands. UCIS is a University-wide matrix organization that encompasses centers for area studies and centers on topical specializations in international studies. Its mission is to integrate and reinforce all the strands of international scholarship in the University in research, teaching and public service.

The Asian Studies Center (ASC) at the University of Pittsburgh is a global resource for research and education about Asia, as well as a regional center for building Asian connections. In partnership with over 100 affiliated faculty from across the university, we develop innovative research, foster community engagement, and create rigorous academic programming. Founded in 1969, the Center is widely recognized as one of the most comprehensive programs in Asian studies, with a focus on regional, transnational, and interdisciplinary scholarship.

The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) at the University of Pittsburgh promotes global understanding through support for teaching, learning, & research in and on Latin America, the Caribbean, and the diverse diasporic communities of Latin American and Caribbean origin. CLAS provides faculty with the resources and intellectual environment to realize cutting-edge research, and students with unequaled educational experience and a solid path to a successful career. Through its community engagement programs, the center shares its resources regionally, nationally, & internationally.

The Centro de Estudios China-México (CECHIMEX) aims to improve and deepen understanding of the socioeconomics of China, emphasizing bilateral relations and a long-term relationship between China and Mexico. Currently in Mexico there is a large institution that targets specifically to the study of issues related to China with the bilateral approach. The Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México is privileged with a diversity of sciences and fields of knowledge. Thus, and although the CECHIMEX emphasizes economic, with the full opening it is beginning to incorporate other disciplines such as agriculture, philosophy, history, architecture, engineering, languages, international relations, political science, and many others.