Chile Has an Opportunity to Write a New Chapter

Chile is going through political change. In May, Chileans voted to elect an assembly that will write a new constitution. Those elected to redraw the country’s magna carta feature a large contingent of independents. Left-wing parties are most favorably positioned among institutional actors, but...

A Ballot That Could Redefine the Rules of Chile’s Democracy

October 09, 2020

One recurring theme in Latin American politics is how regularly the rules of the constitutional game change. On average, Latin American countries rewrite their constitutions every 20 years. Until recently, Chile was an exception. The country’s transition to democracy in 1990 was based on rules...

Chile Protests and the Rise of Political Risk in Latin America

November 11, 2019

Just as it seemed that the leftist “pink tide” had finally receded across Latin America, a wave of social movements are shaking market-friendly governments in the region. While certainly a reflection of the polarized political climate on a global scale, the recent convulsions across the...

Students Unite in Chile

February 28, 2017

The Confederation of Chilean Students is uniting young people across Chile to protest against the educational system. In 2016, Chile’s capital Santiago saw peaceful student protests erupt into violent demonstrations. Marta Matamala, who organized the Confederation of Chilean Students...

The World This Week: Raging Wildfires Cause Catastrophe in Chile

February 05, 2017

Climate change, human activity and a blind embrace of markets are causing terrible wildfires in Chile as part of a global trend. Even as Donald Trump continued to hog the headlines and Israel authorized 3,000 more settler homes in the West Bank, raging wildfires have been sweeping...