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March 7, 2013

Human Rights
The UN Human Rights Council Honors Hugo Chavez

During the years when the late Hugo Chavez ruled Venezuela and attacked human rights there, the UN Human Rights Council was unable to adopt one single resolution about Venezuela. To this sad record a…

January 11, 2007

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

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 deemed t…

January 4, 2013

Politics and Government
The World Next Week: Global Economic Risks After the Fiscal Cliff, Hugo Chavez’s Inauguration, and U.S.-Russian Talks on Syria

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed global economic risks, Hugo Chavez’s presidential inauguration in Venezuela, and upcoming U.S.-Russian talks on Syria with UN and Arab L…

A man walks past a mural depicting Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in Caracas (Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Courtesy Reuters).

March 6, 2013

Politics and Government
Chavez Was Authoritarian, but Also Elected

In the wake Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez’s death on Tuesday, obituaries and analyses of Chavez’s legacy have already flooded the media. To be sure, his fourteen-year presidency was not without co…

Supporters of Venezuela's president Hugo Chavez react to the announcement of his death outside the hospital where he was being treated, in Caracas March 5, 2013.

February 15, 2009

Economics
Why Venezuela’s referendum is the least of Hugo Chávez’s Worries

This Sunday Venezuelan voters will go to the polls to decide whether elected officials, including President Hugo Chávez, can run for re-election indefinitely. Chávez has thrown the full force of the…

Why Venezuela’s referendum is the least of Hugo Chávez’s Worries

January 17, 2013

Fossil Fuels
Chavez’s Troubled Legacy for Venezuela’s Oil Industry

The failure of ailing Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez to return from Cuba, where he is recovering from another round of surgery, to Caracas for his inauguration underscores the uncertainty of the So…

Chavez’s Troubled Legacy for Venezuela’s Oil Industry

March 13, 2018

Authoritarianism
Strongmen Are Weaker Than They Look

Authoritarians are on the rise around the world, but history shows they’re mostly helpless.

Cars pass by a poster of Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi for the upcoming presidential election, in Cairo, Egypt, February 19, 2018. The writing on the poster reads: "Long live Egypt". REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

October 2, 2017

Digital Policy
Cyber Sovereignty and Online Borders Do Not Improve International Security

States erect physical borders to improve their security. That logic does not always translate well to cyberspace.

The Ratification of the Treaty of Münster, 15 May 1648.

March 8, 2013

The World Next Week: Chavez Dies, Strategic and Cyber Commands Testify, Russia Tries Magnitsky, and Tibetans Observe Uprising Day

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed Hugo Chavez’s death, the Senate Armed Services Committee’s upcoming hearing on Strategic Command and Cyber Command, Russia’s decision to…

A supporter of the late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez views his coffin in Caracas (Miraflores Palace Handout/Courtesy Reuters).

June 27, 2017

South America
South America's Turn to Deadlock

Scholars of Latin America spent much of the first decade of this century discussing the causes and consequences of the region's turn to the left, under Venezuela's Chávez, Argentina's Kirchners, Braz…

Rodrigo Garrido