The Santiago Center has been extremely active in promoting discussion of public policies, both in the international and national contexts. In October 2017, it held its now traditional annual event in New York about Chile’s public policy agenda. Hosted by Columbia University and New York University (NYU), it attracted an audience of more than 100 students, scholars and researchers to listen to speakers who included former Chilean Finance Minister Rodrigo Valdés, Chilean economists Claudia Sanhueza and Salvador Valdés, political scientist Claudia Heiss and lawyer Patricio Zapata. A second day of discussions focused on topics that included education and was addressed by Ignacio Sánchez, Provost of Universidad Católica, the Inter-American Development Bank’s Gregory Elacqua, Princeton scholar Christopher Neilson and Sylvia Eyzaguirre, a researcher at the Santiago-based Centro de Estudios Públicos (CEP).
In 2016, the Santiago Center teamed up with Chile’s MIT Club, the MIT Sloan Latin America Office, Chile’s Harvard Club and the Regional Office of Harvard University’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS) to organize a series of sessions on public policy. In 2017, two sessions were held on the future of copper and the outlook for Chile’s Presidential Election.
In view of the important presidential elections taking place in Latin America in 2018 (Colombia in May, Mexico in July and Brazil in October), the Santiago Center invited Christopher Sabatini, lecturer in international relations and policy at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), to Chile. During his visit in May, he gave a number of talks and participated in different events about Latin American politics.