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Carlos Portales Cifuentes was the Permanent Representative of Chile in the International Organizations in Geneva. Portales earned his degree in Legal and Social Sciences in the Unviersidad de Chile and a Masters of Arts in Political Sciences in Stanford Unviersity, Califormia, where he also pursued doctoral studies.
He is a specialist in International relations. He was an investigation profesor for the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO), invited professor by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill between 1987 and 1988 and has taught graduate courses at the Instituto de Estudios Internacionales of the University of Chile. He has also developed a prolific work as an author and editor of several publication of international scope. These include “State and Armed Forces” co-written with Hugo Fruhling and Augusto Varas (FLACSO, 1982); “Latin America in the New International Order” (Fondo de Cultura Economica, 1983); “The World in Transition and Latin America” (Latin American Publishing Group, 1989); “Global Militarization” with Johann Galtung and Peter Wallensteen (Westview Press, 1984); and "Elusive Friendship: Relations between Chile and the United States", with Heraldo Muñoz (Pehuén Editors, 1988).
He was coordinator of Chile for the Río Group and the Ibero-American Summit, between 2002 and 2008. Previously, from 1994 to 1997, he was Embassador of Chile to Mexico and later served as Permanent Representative of Chile to the Organization of American States in Washington (1997-2000).
Between June 200 and June 2001 he was Director of the Diplomatic Academy “Andrés Bello”, after which he became Managing Director of Planning in the Ministry of Foreign Relations, until September 2002. He then took over as Director of Foreign Policy for the Chancery, and he remained in that position until March this year. He had already served in that position during the administration of President Patricio Aylwin (1990-1994). The career of Carlos Portales has been recognized by several countries such as Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Ecuador, Spain, Italy, Malta, Morocco, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, the Vatican and Venezuela, which have conferred numerous awards to Mr. Portales throughout his career.