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Mar. 19
8 min read

Venezuela Q & A, March 2018

Societies are not organisms. They do not die, nor do they bottom out. They are complex configurations of individuals, networks and institutions whose fortunes do not rise and fall together. There are winners and losers in every configuration and every process of change. “Sustainability” in the current context really just means the same group that benefits economically controls the guns and the institutions and can therefore perpetuate itself.

Mar. 2
3 min read

Venezuela Postpones Elections to May 20

After reports that Interior Minister Jorge Rodriguez had met with representatives of the opposition to offer postponing presidential elections and improving electoral conditions, these reports have finally been confirmed.  Yesterday, the government agreed to postpone presidential elections set for Aprill 22, and electoral authorities are instead holding them on May…

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Notes from ‘Neither Free Nor Fair: What to do about Venezuela’s Presidential Elections?’

On February 21st, the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center hosted an event highlighting the uncertainty in Venezuela as the country prepares for presidential elections slated for April 22.  What follows is a collection of notes on the speakers’ remarks, gathered by WOLA Venezuela intern Melissa Medina Márquez. A…

David Smilde

David Smilde

WOLA Senior Fellow and the Charles A. and Leo M. Favrot Professor of Human Relations at Tulane University

Geoff Ramsey

Geoff Ramsey

WOLA Assistant Director for Venezuela