Genaro Arriagada is a non-resident senior fellow at the Inter-American Dialogue. He has served as minister of the presidency of Chile, ambassador of Chile to the United States, chairman of the Board of Radio Cooperativa, and national director of the “NO” Campaign, which defeated General Augusto Pinochet in the plebiscite of October 1988.
Arriagada has also served as ambassador-at-large and special envoy of the president of Chile to the Second Summit of the Americas in Santiago, Chile in April 1998. He was head of Ricardo Lagos’ 1999 presidential campaign and of Eduardo Frei’s 1993 presidential campaign. Arriagada is on the Board of Universidad de las Américas; senior advisor to the president of the Club de Madrid; and editor of www.asuntospublicos.org. In January and February of 2007, he was a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
Arriagada has published a dozen books and numerous articles and columns regarding political, social, and economic issues, including Pinochet: The Politics of Power (Boston: Unwin & Hyman, 1988) and with Carol Graham, “Chile: Sustaining Adjustment during Democratic Transition” in Voting for Reform: Democracy, Political Liberalization and Economic Adjustment (Oxford University Press, 1994).
Arriagada has also been a fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Center (1978-79) and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (1990).