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    Three reasons Chavistas may stay in power in the short term, and three reasons they could lose it by 2020 The rumblings from Caracas started early in the morning. By 9:00am residents of the capital noted an inordinate military presence around the Miraflores Palace, the presidential office. By 11:00am Venezuelan […]

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    Post-Chávez Venezuela: A Country on the Edge

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    On October 7, 2012 at 11:32 PM, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez emerged on the balcony of El Palacio de Miraflores in front of thousands of supporters to accept re-election through 2019. Thus ended months of speculation. Would Chávez, diagnosed with cancer in 2011, live to the election? Had urban voters […]

  • Reform and Backlash: What Europe Can Learn from Latin America

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    In November, the backlash to externally imposed austerity once again boiled over. Labor unions executed coordinated strikes. University students took to the streets. Daily life came to a halt as citizens protested grinding reforms. The harsh economic restructuring was demanded by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and backed by the […]