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Lapper: Optimistic on U.S.-Venezuela Relations

Interviewee: Richard Lapper
Interviewer: Stephanie Hanson
December 6, 2006

Richard Lapper, author of a new Council Special Report on U.S.-Venezuela relations and Latin America editor of the Financial Times, discusses Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's reelection. Though it was a landslide victory for Chavez, Lapper says Venezuelans are "more likely to be into baseball than Bolivarianism" and it will be difficult for Chavez to create a political movement similar to that of the Cuban government. He is optimistic about U.S.-Venezuela relations, noting that U.S. rhetoric toward Venezuela has become much more pragmatic and moderate in the past year.

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