Law degree, University Chile. Student, Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLASCO). Master of Arts in Political Science, University Michigan.
Professor political theory University Chile. Professor political science Pontifícia University Católica de Chile. Political adviser Ministry Foreign Relations, Santiago, Chile, 1973, Chilean Ambassador for International Cooperation Chile, 1990, director multilateral economic affairs, vice president International Cooperation Agency Chile, 1990-1994, under-secretary foreign affairs Chile, 1994, minister foreign affairs, 1994—1999, minister secretary general of the president, 1999—2000, minister interior, 2000—2006.
Researcher, then director United States Studies Institute, Center Economic Research & Teaching, Mexico, 1981-1988. Professor National Autonomous University Mexico & Ibero-American University. Secretary general Organization of American States, Washington, since 2005.
Married Georgina Núñez Reyes Insulza. Children: Francisca, Javier, Daniel.