U.S. Pressure on Venezuela Could Backfire

More regional governments are waking up to Venezuela’s disaster and are willing to do something about it. If Washington assumes a more unilateral, interventionist stance, progress could stall, drawing the United States and a transformed Latin America further apart.

Michael Shifter

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ The Washington Post

Tal como va, el diálogo en Venezuela no llegará a nada

A pesar de que todos los países de América Latina se han comprometido formalmente a adoptar medidas colectivas para corregir los quebrantamientos de la democracia, se ignoraron las crecientes violaciones de los derechos humanos y el orden democrático en Venezuela.

Peter Hakim

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ Infolatam

Venezuela’s Oil Sector: On the Brink of Collapse?

Venezuela’s oil industry has been in decline for years due to mismanagement and lack of investment. But this year, the industry’s problems seem to have multiplied as a result of the sharp decline in global oil prices.

Rebecca O’Connor

Event Summaries ˙

So Long, Chávez

Two decades ago, the US and Latin America seemed poised to forge new political and economic partnerships. Since Chávez, the sense of community has dissipated.

Michael Shifter

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ Foreign Policy

Venezuela’s Political Outlook

Chávez’s sickness has exposed him as vulnerable. People are beginning to realize that he is not eternal, that his mandate is limited.

Event Summaries ˙

Chavez, No Longer Such a Strongman

Chavez’s illness and physical limitations will inevitably compound his already serious political problems in Venezuela.

Michael Shifter

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ PODER360

What Would Happen if Chávez Couldn’t Finish His Term?

Is there a real risk that the political and social situation in Venezuela could turn chaotic as a result of Chávez’s illness?

Michael Shifter, Jesus Ugalde, Maria Eugenia Venegas, Yolanda Rojas at the CCAD-GTD and CECC/SICA event in San Jose Costa Rica., Julia Buxton

What to Read on Venezuela

Chávez has aroused considerable curiosity. Beside Cuba’s Fidel Castro, no other Latin American leader has elicited as many journalistic accounts or serious analytic and conceptual contributions.

Michael Shifter

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ Foreign Affairs

Hugo Stay Home

Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan president, has clearly been enticed by the Libyan drama, where his longtime friend and ally, Muammar al-Qaddafi, is under siege from rebel forces.

Michael Shifter

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ Foreign Policy

Is Chávez Running Scared?

Even with loaded dice, Chávez may be running scared. What to do to preserve power? That’s all that has ever mattered.

Marifeli Pérez-Stable

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ The Miami Herald