José Miguel Insulza Salinas (born June 2, 1943) is a Chilean Socialist politician and statesman. He is currently (since May 26, 2005) the Secretary General of the Organization of American States. He is nicknamed El Panzer, for his tank-like drive and reputation for charging hard in whatever endeavor he takes on. He is married to Mexican Georgina Núñez Reyes and has three children.
Insulza attended Saint George's College, an elite American English school in Santiago, Chile. He showed interest in public service while studying law at the University of Chile, where he was vice president of the students' federation. After graduating from law school, he obtained a graduate degree from the Latin American Social Sciences Faculty (FLACSO) and a Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Michigan, United States. He was professor of Political Theory at the University of Chile and of Political Science at the Catholic University in Chile until 1973. He was also Political Advisor to the Chilean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Director of the Diplomatic Academy of Chile until 1973.
Insulza lived in Mexico, where he was exiled, from 1981 to 1988, doing research and then working as the Director of the United States Studies Institute in the Center for Economic Research and Teaching (CIDE). He was a professor at Mexico's Universidad Nacional Autónoma, the Universidad Iberoamericana, and the Diplomatic Studies Institute. He has penned numerous publications in his field.