Institutional Development Plan
In a global scenario where interculturality affects social action, the University of Chile must contribute to the creation of strategies for the solution of development problems, as well as favoring the integration of the country into Latin America and the world. All this must be pursued in an international system that is currently based on the close interdependence of the actors that compose it, as well as a network of transnational connections with increasing opportunity to develop in this information society. This has changed the concept of borders, to the point of conceiving them as something absolutely permeable to the actions of individuals, companies and non-governmental organizations.
At the same time, global governance has increased the political agenda of states, resulting in fewer differences between the local and the international spheres. Thus, even though there has always been a reciprocal link and feedback between domestic and foreign policy, the relationship between the two has become increasingly complex due to a tendency towards the democratization of states, which generates greater participation and involvement of civil society in diplomatic issues and problems. Similarly, this is facilitated by a generalized awareness in many countries that their development is closely linked to how they are inserted in the international system.
The specificity of the work of the Institute of International Studies makes it the ideal space to address this complex reality. With more than fifty years of experience, the institute is influential in decision-making and in foreign policy in the country. Indeed, the interdisciplinary nature of this institution facilitates critical analysis, as well as making connections between local and global issues. In other words, it allows us to understand the world by looking at it from multiple perspectives, taking advantage of the knowledge and theoretical frameworks of various disciplines, seeking - in turn - to establish connections between approaches, regional scenarios (Latin America, North America, Europe, Asia, Africa), themes and international and transnational problems.