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July 7, 2016

Trade
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro stands in front of an image depicting the country's late President Hugo Chavez during a meeting with members of Venezuela's United Socialist Party (PSUV) in Caracas Venezuela’s Woes Reach Mercosur

Mercosur is under considerable internal strain. As at other times in the trade bloc’s history, shifting political winds and changing trade priorities have placed the member countries at loggerheads. …

May 5, 2017

Venezuela
The Crisis in Venezuela

Experts discuss the ongoing political and economic upheaval in Venezuela, including how policies implemented over the past fifteen years are shaping the current crisis. SPEAKERSJulia Buxton, Senior …

May 1, 2017

Venezuela
Venezuela's Chavez Era

Hugo Chávez assumed Venezuela's presidency in 1999 on a populist platform. But critics say three terms under his "socialist revolution" have made the country increasingly resemble an authoritarian st…

April 27, 2017

Venezuela
Shannon Facebook Live Venezuela Facebook Live: The Crisis in Venezuela

This afternoon I joined James M. Lindsay, senior vice president, director of studies, and Maurice R. Greenberg chair at the Council on Foreign Relations, to discuss the political and economic crisis …

January 23, 2018

Venezuela
The corporate logo of the state oil company PDVSA is seen at a gas station in Caracas, Venezuela December 1, 2017. How Much Worse Can it Get for Venezuela’s State Oil Firm PDVSA?

Venezuela’s latest attempt to raise capital by issuing a cryptocurrency, the petro, linked allegedly to its Orinoco oil reserves is problematical on so many levels, it is hard to know how to comment …

March 2, 2017

United States
U.S. policy Options in Venezuela Venezuela: Options for U.S. Policy

This morning, I had the privilege of testifying before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations at a hearing titled “Venezuela: Options for U.S. Policy.” Also joining me before the committee we…

June 25, 2013

Economics
ven econ blog pic - LAM Venezuela’s Economy and Future

Many Venezuela watchers have been waiting for the other proverbial economic shoe to drop (see here, here, and here), and for the country to fall into serious crisis. Others, such as Mark Weisbrot co-…

February 23, 2016

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
Venezuela on the Edge

The Venezuelan government has a $2.3 billion debt payment due this Friday. Most believe the government has the resources to make the payment, though it is hard to see a coherent economic reason to do…

September 11, 2012

Americas
Chavez and Capriles - LAM Venezuela’s Potentially Violent Elections

Elections are always times of uneasiness, but the upcoming October 7th presidential elections in Venezuela have more than the normal share of uncertainty. There are concerns over President Chavez’s h…

August 24, 2017

NAFTA
NAFTA negotiations New Pieces on NAFTA, Mexico, and Venezuela

The first round of NAFTA negotiations now concluded, the three nations will take a two week breather before reconvening in Mexico City on September 1. While the policy differences should be surmounta…