Why is Chile in Such a Bad Mood?

April 13, 2015 - 12:00 pm

1030 15th Street, NW, 12th Floor (West Tower)
Washington, DC
Why is Chile in Such a Bad Mood?

Opening Remarks:
Carl Meacham
Director, Americas Program, CSIS  

Felipe Larraín Bascuñá 
Director, Latin American Center for Economic and Social Policies
Universidad Católica de Chile

Eugenio Tironi
TIRONI Asociados 

Peter Schechter
Director, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center
Atlantic Council 

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A small country with big impact, Chile is widely viewed as a model of progress in Latin America. Embracing free-market policies, smart economic management and foreign investment, its formula is touted as an example of regional success.  But, recent political shifts and accelerated social demands have called Chile's model into question, throwing the country's national identity into crisis. Will Chile continue to be a hemispheric model?

Join the Atlantic Council and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) for a discussion with Eugenio Tironi, a leading political analyst, and Felipe Larraín, Minister of Finance under former President Sebastián Piñera. These experts, who were instrumental in shaping Chile's political and economic identity, will discuss what made the country such a powerhouse and whether it has stumbled.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Registration 11:45 a.m.

Discussion: 12:00-1:30 pm
A light lunch will be served.

Atlantic Council 
1030 15th Street NW
12th Floor
Washington, DC 20005


Felipe Larraín Bascuñán is a distinguished economist and served as Minister of Finance under former President Sebastián Piñera. Currently he serves as the Director of the Latin American Center for Economic and Social Policies at Universidad Católica de Chile where he has been an economics professor since 1996. Larraín has been a consultant to the United Nations, the World Bank, and the Inter-American Development Bank. He has authored twelve books.  

Eugenio Tironi is the Founder, Directing Partner, and CEO of TIRONI Asociados, a strategic consulting firm in Santiago, Chile.  He has been a political adviser to successive Concertación heads of state since his position as Director of Communications for former President Patricio Aylwin, the first President to serve after Chile's transition to democracy. He has been a university professor in Chile as well as Notre Dame and Université des Sciences Politques. Tironi has authored or contributed to over thirty books. Tironi is also a columnist for the respected Chilean newspaper El Mercurio. In 2014 he was nominated as one of the fifty most influential intellectuals of Ibero-America by the magazine Esglobal.