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About the Event

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia and its series co-presenters, the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce and the Honorary Consulate of Chile in Philadelphia, hosted a discussion with Chilean politicians about how Chile is embarking upon a process to rewrite its constitution.

Philadelphia, as the birthplace of American democracy, provided the perfect backdrop to highlight that process, discuss best practices, and teach American youth about this major Chilean development. The discussion highlighted the importance of this democratic process and what we can learn about the foundation for a country’s government.

About the Speakers

  • Juan Pablo Letelier, Senator of the Republic of Chile, Region of the Libertador General Bernardo O'Higgins; Chilean-American economist; and a member of the Socialist Party (PS)
  • Kenneth Pugh, Senator of the Republic of Chile, Valparaíso Region; Vice-Admiral of the Chilean Navy (ret.); and an Independent

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About the "Beyond Our Borders" Series

This event is part of new programming for the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, the “Beyond Our Borders” series. The Council is offering programming across its activities—speaker events, student programs, and travel (with the objective of hosting a tour in March 2022, due to COVID precautions)—to provide its members and the Greater Philadelphia community a deeper understanding of Chilean culture, politics, cuisine, and its role in the world at large.

The Council has decided to focus on Chile for the launch of this program series because of the robust and long-standing international relationship between the country and Philadelphia.  In addition to our relationship, which supports thousands of jobs, there is a multi-year initiative to increase tech industry relationships and business development.

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