Chile declassified: The secret US intervention

The Universidad Abierta of Recoleta presents the course Chile declassified: the secret US intervention.

Since the return to democracy in Chile in 1988, after the triumph of the «No» in the plebiscite that served to institutionally overthrow the dictatorial regime of Augusto Pinochet Ugarte, little is known about the dictator’s attempt to carry out a self-coup to perpetuate himself in power. Or, from the conversations of Richard Nixon, president of the United States between 1969 and 1974; with Henry Kissinger, National Security Adviser and Secretary of State until 1977; regarding the interference of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of the United States in the coup against the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende on September 11, 1973. 

These stories that marked a new course in the history of Chile and the world, with shady beings as dark as Manuel Contreras and Agustín Edwards, linked to the high command of the North American country; show that what happened between September 11, 1973 and  October 5, 1988 in Chile is even more complex than you can imagine.

50 years after the coup, the UAR together with Peter Kornbluh carry out this course that seeks to massify and systematize the information derived from the thousands of documents declassified by the CIA, as a gesture of reparation, justice and dignity in the face of the disastrous historical event that 50 years ago plunged Chile into 17 years of state terrorism.

What you will learn

You will reflect on the interference of the United States in the Coup d’état in Chile on September 11, 1973, based on the evidence derived from declassified CIA documents.

Recipients and requirements

Open to everyone. Minimum age: 15 years.


Since these courses are carried out remotely and asynchronously, there is no maximum number of places for them; however, blackout dates have been set to sign up for each one.


The course will be co-certified by the Universidad Abierta of Recoleta and MIJENTE, as long as the approval requirements are met.


This course has no cost of any kind for the participants.

Registration process
From September 5 to December 20, 2023 until 11:59 p.m. (Chile time).
Minimum capacity
100 participants.
Course start date
Thursday, November 30, 2023 from 5:00 p.m. in Chile.
Course duration
5 weeks.
Estimated dedication time per week
6 hours.
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Approval requirements
To obtain the certificate of approval, you must submit the final project in week 5.


Peter Kornbluh

Director of the Chile Documentation Project at the National Security Archive (NSA), a project that belongs to George Washington University in Washington D. C., USA. He has been in charge of the declassification of secret documents related to the role that the government of the United States of America has played in the recent history of Chile. Among his numerous publications in Spanish on this topic, the following stand out: “The USA and the overthrow of Allende. A declassified history” (Santiago de Chile: Ediciones B Chile, 2003, 224 pages) and “Pinochet: the secret files” (Barcelona: Crítica, 2013, 432 pages, corrected and enlarged reissue).

Universidad Abierta of Recoleta academic coordination

Javier Muñoz Percherón

Graduated in Audiovisual Communication, Audiovisual Communicator with a specialty in screenplay for film and television, and Diploma in Transmedia from the University of Arts, Sciences and Communication. Diploma in Film Script from the University of Chile. Current academic assistant and teaching coordinator of non-contact courses at the Universidad Abierta of Recoleta.