• Chile Against Corruption: What Can the Region Learn?

    To launch the last of a series of spotlights on anti-corruption, the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center hosted a conference call to discuss Chile's successes and steps countries can take to revitalize regulatory frameworks.

    Authored by Former Minister of National Women’s Affairs of Chile and Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center Non-Resident Senior Fellow Laura Albornoz Pollmann, the spotlight “Chile Against Corruption: What Can the Region Learn?” analyses the country’s experience with corruption and the lessons it can offer Latin America.

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  • From Chile to the Czech Republic: Diplomats Debate the Future of the Nation-State

    Five Washington-based foreign ambassadors shared the stage with US officials June 29 to discuss the 2015 Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR)—a report that deals with complex issues such as the rise of non-state actors.

    Thomas Perriello, QDDR Special Representative since his February 2014 appointment by Secretary of State John Kerry, unveiled the study at an event moderated by Barry Pavel, Director of the Atlantic Council's Brent Scrowcroft Center on International Security.

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  • Asian, Latin American Diplomats Debate TPP as Trade Bill Advances in Congress

    With US lawmakers on the verge of granting the White House fast-track authority to negotiate complex free-trade accords, diplomats representing four of Washington’s eleven allies in the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership—Chile, Japan, Peru, and Singapore—gathered June 23 at the Atlantic Council to discuss TPP’s implications.

    The event, sponsored by the council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center, began less than an hour after the US Senate narrowly voted, sixty to thirty-seven, to end debate on Trade Promotion Authority. The House last week approved TPA, which allows lawmakers to vote for or against trade agreements but not amend or filibuster them.

    Final Senate passage needs only fifty-one votes and is expected any day, clearing the way for final approval of TPP, which will eventually link 40 percent of the world’s economy in a trade bloc that includes all major Pacific Rim nations except China.

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  • Why is Chile in Such a Bad Mood?

    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.

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  • Spotlight Chile | March 18

    Will Chile ratify a new constitution during the second Bachelet presidency?

    This months’ Spotlight explores three scenarios.
    President Michelle Bachelet of the Socialist Party-led New Majority coalition took office for her second four-year term on March 11. She has proposed a broad agenda of educational, electoral, and other constitutional reforms. Bachelet is also seeking to further enshrine the rights of women and indigenous people, among other ideas.

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