Category Archives: Chile

History, Education, and “Mapuche Terrorist Conflict” in Chile

by Cristobal Madero and Daniel Cano In August 2015, a telephone rings in the history department of an elite high school in Santiago, Chile. After several unanswered calls, Marcela, one of the history teachers, finally picks up the phone. It … Continue reading

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Latin America Moves Forward with Renewable Energy

By Steve Weissman You don’t need to convince the farmers in Bolivia’s Altiplano that their climate is changing, as weather patterns and drought become consistently more severe. Glaciers have retreated. Snow pack is short-lived. People living and working in these communities … Continue reading

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From Qualitative Research to Research as Quality Time: When Being “in the Field” is also “Coming Home”

By Marcelo Garzo Montalvo In a paradigm of research as theft (Robbins 2006), research as a dirty word (Smith 1999), or an otherwise extractive imperial process of hurried knowledge production; qualitative research projects are often terribly momentary, fleeting, temporary endeavors … Continue reading

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Mitigating Conflicts Through Education in Chile

By Cristobal Madero With support from CLAS and the Tinker Foundation, I spent two weeks in May implementing an education project in Chile with Daniel Cano of Georgetown University. The idea behind the project was relatively simple: to take history … Continue reading

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From Plant Ecology to Nonlinear Optics, and a Few Places in Between

I had the opportunity to visit the nonlinear physics group at the University of Chile in Santiago this past December. During my stay, I met with researchers working on a broad range of theory and experiments that really highlight the … Continue reading

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Bachelet’s First Month in Office — And What Lies Ahead

By Javier Couso On March 11, 2014, Chile experienced a highly symbolic political development when the newly elected head of the senate, Isabel Allende (daughter of the late Salvador Allende), swore in Michelle Bachelet as the new president of Chile. … Continue reading

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Milton and Augusto: Can We Have an Efficient Economy AND Civil Liberties?

by Jonathan Peterson* On September 16, I had the opportunity to see Robert Reich’s play Milton and Augusto, which gives one account of the mysterious meeting between Milton Friedman and August Pinochet right after the fall of the government of Salvador Allende in … Continue reading

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The Chilean Twist in Education: Back to the State

by Miguel Ordenes The Chilean education system, the paradigm of market-based reform, is experiencing one of its biggest twists since its foundation in 1981. Chile is moving away from a totally free market in education toward a mixed system with … Continue reading

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Segregated Voting: An Outdated Chilean Political Practice

by Mayra Feddersen Last year, the Chilean National Congress modernized the electoral system, automatically registering all qualified residents to vote and making voting itself voluntary. Previously, registering to vote was optional, but once you registered, voting was obligatory, with fines … Continue reading

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