A Batkin International Leaders Forum with President of Chile Michelle Bachelet
On June 30, Foreign Policy’s
Latin America Initiative
at Brookings hosted President Michelle Bachelet of Chile for a discussion on strengthening democracy and stability, focused on Chile’s present reform efforts. Brookings Acting Vice President and Director of Foreign Policy Ted Piccone provided introductory remarks, and Director of the Latin America Initiative Harold Trinkunas moderated the discussion.
President Bachelet was re-elected in December 2013, having previously served as Chile’s first female president from 2006 to 2010. Her term in office was marked by her efforts to improve equity and social inclusion. Previously, she served as Chile’s minister of defense (2002-2004) and as minister of health (2000-2002). In a lifetime of public service, she has also held global leadership roles in the International Labor Organization, World Health Organization and as the inaugural director of U.N. Women.