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May 5, 2017

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'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

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 …

August 24, 2017

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…

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

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-…

October 28, 2016

how-venezuela-got-into-this-mess-lam How Venezuela Got Into This Mess

[This post was co-authored with John Polga-Hecimovich*] By the end of 2017, the Venezuelan economy will likely be less than three-quarters of its 2013 size. Inflation is set to increase from 700 p…

October 28, 2016

three-factors-driving-venezuelas-impasse-lam Three Factors Driving Venezuela’s Impasse

[This post was co-authored with John Polga-Hecimovich*] The increasingly dangerous crisis in Venezuela (described in the first post of this series), has been complicated by the political economy o…

September 11, 2012

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…

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…