Southern Tiger

Former Chilean president Ricardo Lagos has been promoting his new book, The Southern Tiger: Chile’s Fight for a Democratic and Prosperous Future (Palgrave Macmillan) on a U.S. tour. This past week he appeared on National Public Radio’s Kojo Nnamdi Show where he discussed, among other things, his country’s democratic transition, Chile’s opposition to the Iraq war and a phone conversation he had with then-president George Bush in March 2003. The conversation started with the two presidents addressing each other as “George” and “Ricardo,” but became cooler and more formal when Lagos argued against the invasion.