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Venezuela’s Presidential Race

Venezuela Venezuela’s Presidential Race

Today, chances are Hugo Chávez will face off against Henrique Capriles Radonski in the 2012 October presidential elections. The 39-year-old former mayor of Caracas’s Baruta Municipality (2000-2008) and current Miranda state Governor is leading the opposition candidates, and polling just 2 percentage points below Chávez. He is a lawyer who entered politics at the age of 26 to become the youngest member of the Chamber of Deputies until it was dissolved in 1999.

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Reads of the Week: a New Peruvian President, a New U.S. Security Directive, and Some Old Lessons from Colombia

Colombia Mexico Peru Reads of the Week: a New Peruvian President, a New U.S. Security Directive, and Some Old Lessons from Colombia

As President Ollanta Humala assumes office today, it looks as if he has chosen to emulate Lula rather than Chavez. His cabinet is full of moderates, and some even see it as leaning center-right. While growth is expected to continue at about 6 percent, the new administration will face many challenges, in particular security and the increasing presence of transnational crime, as well as high levels of inequality.

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Reads of the Week: Latin America’s Democracies, Mexican Migration, and More

Brazil Immigration Latin America Mexico Reads of the Week: Latin America’s Democracies, Mexican Migration, and More

Jorge Dominguez’s recent testimony before the Senate Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere gives an overview of Latin America’s progress toward democratic consolidation in recent history, and the role the international community has played in this slow, but steady, march.

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Obama and the World: Latin America

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Last night Chris Sabatini from the Council of the Americas and I joined Martin Savidge on WorldFocus to discuss the Obama administration’s policy toward Latin America. The conversation focused on...

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The Line of Fire

Venezuela The Line of Fire

I wrote the following piece on crime in Venezuela for foreignpolicy.com. Mention violence in Latin America today and most people think of Mexico. But if you want to talk about murder, the region's hot spot is somewhere else entirely: Venezuela.

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Venezuela's regional elections

Venezuela

Sunday’s regional elections in Venezuela saw a record turnout of 65% of eligible voters. This is high both by Venezuela’s standards (45% of voters came out for the 2004 regional...

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The Venezuelan President's Trip to China

Venezuela

In late September Venezuelan President Chavez traveled to China. This is what I had to say about this for PBS’s new show WorldFocus.

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Voting in Venezuela

Venezuela

This Sunday Venezuelans will vote on a referendum comprising 69 changes to the existing Constitution. Many of these push the country further toward Chavez’s 21st Century Socialism, expanding pensions for...

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Venezuela's turn toward socialism: Hugo Chavez plans to nationalize CANTV and EDC

Venezuela

On Monday January 8th, two days before his inauguration to a third term, Hugo Chavez announced that he would deepen his socialist or Bolivarian revolution by nationalizing companies that are...

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Welcoming Latin America's New Left

Brazil Chile Ecuador Latin America Venezuela

Over the last eighteen months Presidential elections occurred in twelve Latin American countries. While Hugo Chavez and his anti-American tirades grab most of the headlines, these elections actually show the...

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