Public Policy

The Center has been extremely active in promoting the discussion of public policies, both in the international and national contexts.  In terms of global themes, it has held seminars and workshops of the New Financial Architecture, The Geopolitical Outlook for the Middle East, European Economics, the Political Crisis in Brazil, US-Cuba Relations, and the US 2016 Presidential Elections.    

Considering that Education is one of the most important discussion topics in Chile, in the midst of a major political reform on the subject, the Center has invited key Columbia and Teacher College experts on this field including Miguel Urquiola, Lynn Kagan, Cristian Pop-eleches, and Chris Emdin to speak in public events and exchange their respective experiences with local educators and policy-makers.

With regards to Human Rights, and considering Chile’s dramatic history with regards to torture and killings during the Pinochet Dictatorship, the Center has co-sponsored several events, including the visit of Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, who was invited by Universidad de Chile to participate in two lectures on women, indigenous, and minority rights. It also hosted the inaugural meeting of the Women Mobilizing Memory working group, who, during five days, met with local scholars, writers and activists.

In the area of Public Health, the Center has held events on Gender Inequality in STEM Education, Mental Health, Anxiety Disorders in Children and Aging of the Population

With regards to issues of local interest, in 2016 the Center teamed-up with Harvard Club, Harvard’s David Rockefeller Center, the MIT Club and the MIT Sloan Management Latin America Office to hold a series of panels on current affairs.  As of mid-2017, the team had jointly organized seminars on The Role of Chile’s Private Sector in Promoting Productivity Growth, Chile’s Digital Challenge, Chile’s Pension Debate, and The Future of Chile’s Copper Industry.

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October 24, 2017

On Campus: Discussion on Chile’s Public Policy Challenges

During a two-day gathering in New York, more than a hundred students, scholars, and researchers met to address the most pressing topics currently at the top of Chile’s public policy agenda. This annual event, in its fourth version, was hosted by Columbia and New York University (NYU) and sponsored by the Santiago Center.

August 24, 2017

Neurology Symposium on September 9-10

Every year, millions of individuals suffer from acute stroke, the second leading cause of death globally, as well as other neurological emergencies. Stroke, severe traumatic brain injury, subarachnoid hemorrhage, and spinal cord injury all cause significant morbidity and mortality. Often in resource-limited settings, delays in diagnosis and appropriate management lead to poor outcomes such as death or permanent and significant neurological deficits.

July 13, 2017

Chilean researcher obtains funding for project on Aging

Esteban Calvo, member of the Columbia Aging Center (CAC) faculty, adjunct assistant professor of epidemiology at Columbia University, and professor of public policy at Universidad Diego Portales in Chile, was part of a three-member group that was awarded funds by the CAC to develop aging science. Their project, titled “Aging well with alcohol?

July 04, 2017

Debate on Chile’s Presidential Election

On November 19, Chile will hold Presidential and Congressional elections. In early July, two of the three main political coalitions, the center-right alliance Chile Vamos and the leftist partnershipFrente Amplio, held primaries to select their presidential candidates, a process in which former President Sebastián Piñera and journalist Beatriz Sánchez were elected, respectively. 

May 18, 2017

Climate Change: Impact in Chile´s Forests, Glaciers and Agriculture Sector

During the last few years, Chile has been hit by record-high temperatures and an ongoing drought. This combination, which has had a strong impact in the agriculture sector, was a key determinant behind the wave of wild fires that struck the Central-South of the country last January.

April 11, 2017

The Future of Chile's Copper Industry

Chile is the largest copper exporter and holds the world’s greatest proven reserves. However, the industry is facing several challenges: Production fell 3.9% in 2016 because of weak international commodity prices, lower productivity rates, technical challenges, higher labor costs, and increasing conflicts between companies and the communities in which they operate.

March 21, 2017

Thomas DiPrete´s Lecture on Gender Gap in Sciences and Engineering

Thomas Di Prete, Giddins Professor of Sociology, and Co-Director of the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy at Columbia University, visited Santiago and spoke on Gender Inequality in STEM Education in an event organized by the Santiago Center, Comunidad Mujer, COES, and the School of Economy and Business of the University of Chile.

March 21, 2017

Promoting Women's Involvement in Clean Energies

Strengthening the participation of women in the clean energy revolution that Chile is experiencing, as well as promoting their inclusion in leadership positions within the sector’s companies, universities, government, and non-profit institutions, was the main objective of an extremely successful workshop organized by the Santiago Center in conjunction with the Chilean Renewable Energy Association (ACERA).

March 04, 2017

The Insidious Harm Of The Turn On Immigration

The cost of the Trump administration’s abrupt changes in immigration policy, to individuals and families, to companies and communities, and to our nation’s standing as a place of tolerance and opportunity, are enormous. Far more sinister than travel bans and policy changes is the undeclared, and now seemingly common, practice of profiling on the basis of religion and origin.

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