Juan Gabriel Valdés
Embassy of Chile to the United States of America
"A Conversation with the Chilean Ambassador to the United States, Juan Gabriel Valdés"
Monday, September 21, 2015
5:00 pm - Visitation Hall, Remick Commons
Kellogg Institute Director Paolo Carozza and Ambassador Valdés will discuss the current state of affairs in Latin America, with particular attention to the relationship between Chile and the United States.
Juan Gabriel Valdés, Chile’s ambassador to the United States, has had a long and distinguished career as public servant and academic.
After exile during the early years of the Pinochet dictatorship, Valdés returned to Chile to help advance the return of democracy, running the television campaign that urged citizens to vote “no” on the plebiscite that subsequently brought down the regime.
He served as the new democratic government’s first ambassador to Spain, the lead NAFTA negotiator for Chile, and the Foreign Ministry’s director of international economic relations before being named foreign minister in 1999. In that capacity, he advocated successfully for the return of General Pinochet from London to Chile for prosecution.
Valdés went on to serve as Chile’s permanent representative to the United Nations and ambassador to Argentina, and in 2004 he was appointed the UN secretary general’s special representative to Haiti and served as head of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti until 2006. The following year, he organized and directed Chile’s public diplomacy program.
While in exile, Valdés earned a master’s from Essex University and a PhD in political science from Princeton University and worked for think tanks in the US and Mexico, including the Institute for Policy Studies. A Kellogg Institute visiting fellow in 1984 and 1987, he has taught at numbers of universities, including the Sorbonne in 2011.
Valdés is the author of Pinochet's Economists: The Chicago School of Economics in Chile (Cambridge University Press, 1995) and “Post-earthquake Politics in Haiti: Between Authoritarianism and ‘Mefiance,’” Journal of Peacebuilding & Development 6, 3 (2011), among many other publications.