Stanford—The president of the Republic of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, visited the Hoover Institution on Saturday, September 25, where he met with Hoover scholars and others at a roundtable discussion followed by a lunch. Piñera was sworn in as Chile’s 47th president in March of this year.
Earlier in the week, Piñera addressed the 65th session of the United Nations General Assembly and gave a speech at the Americas Society/Council of the Americas, both in New York City, before traveling to California. The day before visiting the Hoover Institution, Piñera met with California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in Los Angeles.
Alex Wolff, U.S. ambassador to Chile, and Arturo Fermandois, Chile's ambassador to the United States, also attended the roundtable. Those present from the Hoover Institution included John Raisian, the Tad and Dianne Taube Director; George P. Shultz, the Thomas W. and Susan B. Ford Distinguished Fellow; Richard Sousa, director of the library and archives; Michael Boskin, senior fellow; Edward Lazear, the Morris Arnold Cox Senior Fellow; Daniel Kessler, senior fellow; and Timothy Garton Ash, senior fellow.