Chile has ceased to be a country located in the far corners of the world. Its presence in three continents (America, Antarctic, and Oceania), its interconnectivity with the main economies of the planet, its GDP per capita, which will approach US$30,000 in the coming decade (with the PPP), its active support for global security (from Rimpac to peace missions) and its capacity to export public policies (OECD), enable it to become a relevant player; as is the case with New Zealand or Singapore, countries that have long surpassed supposed geographic determinism. The aforementioned conditions allow us to think that Chile, as a country, could play the function of “offshore balancing”, between Latin America and the Asia-Paci c region.

Wherever Chile’s national interest is to be found, there too will be the AthenaLab: today, in the Americas, Asia-Paci c, Antarctic and like-minded countries; tomorrow, perhaps, in the Indian Ocean. Albeit, without setting aside transnational subjects, such as migration, terrorism, organized crime, epidemiological controls, cybersecurity and climate change.

Currently, our national interests are also tied to global interests. A stable environment for the economy requires security, which ultimately enables the integral development for the people, the progress goal that Chile has set for itself.

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