NB: this seminar is canceled: Current relations between USA and Latin America

Carlos Portales, Director of the Program on International Organizations, Law and Diplomacy of the Washington College of Law (WCL) will meet NorLARNet to discuss the most important issues of the Latin America agenda of the United States.



This event is organized in collaboration with The Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre (NOREF).

Language: English.


From 2008 until 2010, Portales was the Ambassador of Chile to the United Nations Office in Geneva. He was also Ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington (1997-2000) and in Mexico (1994-1997).

He served as Director General for Foreign Policy, the third ranking authority at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1990-94 and 2002-08).  He was also Director for Policy Planning and Head of the Diplomatic Academy "Andres Bello".

He was Vice-President of the Human Rights Council in Geneva (2009-2010). He also chaired the OAS‘s Committee on Hemispheric Security (1998-1999), and the Special Committee on Inter-American Summits Management (1998-2000).

From 1978 to 1990, he was Senior Researcher at the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO) in Chile.  In 1987-88, he was a Guest Professor at the Department of Political Science in the U. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He also lectured at the Institute of International Studies of the U. of Chile.

Portales’ has authored and edited a number of books, among others: "State and Armed Forces"; "Latin America in the New International Economic Order"; "Global Militarization"(coeditor with Johan Galtung and Peter Wallensteen); "Elusive Friendship: Relations between the United States and Chile"; and "The World in Transition and Latin America".

Portales holds degree in Law and Social Studies (Universidad de Chile, 1971) and a Master's degree in Political Science (Stanford University, 1977), where he also pursued doctoral studies.


Published Nov. 24, 2011 9:05 AM - Last modified Apr. 9, 2015 3:43 PM