The massive earthquake that struck Chile this weekend was 500 times more powerful than the one that crippled Haiti a few weeks ago. But Chile appears to have suffered far less immediate damage. We explore the political and economic history of Chile, of one of Latin America’s wealthiest nations, and examine how that history is shaping the response to this week’s disaster.


  • Michael Shifter Vice President for Policy at Inter-American Dialogue; and Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service
  • Roberto Izurieta Director of Latin American Projects, Graduate School of Political Management, The George Washington University; consultant to officials in Ecuador, Mexico, and other nations;
  • Hermann von Gersdorff Chilean national; Sector Leader of Human Development for the World Bank office in Argentina

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