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Anelise Coelho

M.A. in History and Political Cultures, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG)

Anelise Coelho



Central American history, Cold War, War on Drugs, diplomatic history, and U.S. Latin America Foreign Relations


Anelise Suzane Fernandes Coelho is a Brazilian historian born and raised in the city of Belo Horizonte. In the year of 2009 she received her BA in history from the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG) and in 2012 her M.A. in History and Political Cultures, also from UFMG. Her research interest revolves around Central American history, Cold War, War on Drugs, and U.S. foreign relations with Latin America. 

In 2012 Anelise received a Master's Degree from UFMG. In her Masters thesis she discussed the United States' relationship with Latin America before and after the 1954 coup d’état in Guatemala, as well as the Central Intelligence Agency modus operandi in 1954. With this thesis she sought to better understand the Cold War in the Latin America and how the backstages of diplomcy played out in the local politics in the 1950s. The title of her masters thesis is "Operação PB/SUCCESS: A intervenção secreta da CIA na Guatemala e seus impactos em um contexto de Guerra Fria".

Anelise interned as a student researcher at the UFMG Center of Oral History from 2005 to 2006,  and at the Center of Governmental Intelligence and Strategic Studies (CEEIG) at UFMG, from Fall 2009 to Spring 2012. She also interned as a history tutor at the Pre-Vestibular Chromos from Spring 2006 to the Fall of 2008, and at the Colegio Batista Mineiro, in 2007. 

Now, she is intrested in the study of the war on drugs in Central America, more specifically in Guatemala. Her research analyzes  the evolution of anti-drugs policy in the country, focusing in the state's policy throughout time and its impacts in the urban violence and in the actions and practices of its public safety institutions. 

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