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Latin American Program in the News: Chavez vs. Capriles: Stark choice for Venezuela's independent voters

Feb 29, 2012
Roberto Briceño-Leon, a professor at the Central University of Venezuela in Caracas and a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., says he sees these independents as a third, distinct electoral group, spanning all social sectors. Among the poor, who traditionally have supported Chávez, nonaligned voters outnumber either Chávez or opposition supporters, his survey found.

Latin American Program in the News: Fresh cancer scare for Venezuela President Hugo Chavez as illness prompts new fears over re-election bid

Feb 23, 2012
Director Cynthia Arnson said the new surgery seriously complicates Chavez's re-election prospects. She said: 'It's now clear that Chavez's cancer is far from cured. Chavez's illness - his ability to campaign as well as to govern - is a major factor in the race. It erodes the aura of invincibility as well as inevitability that Chavez has always tried to create.'

Latin American Program in the News: Menendez warns of Iran’s outreach to Latin America

Feb 23, 2012
Tensions over Iran's presence and influence over Latin America arise after the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee hearing on the Iranian government’s activities in the Western hemisphere.

Latin American Program in the News: New surgery for Venezuela’s Chavez throws election scenario into turmoil

Feb 23, 2012
Chavez delicate health condition may help the opposition in this year's presidential elections in Venezuela.

Latin American Program in the News: Venezuela's Chavez says his cancer is likely back

Feb 22, 2012
President Chavez reveals that he needs to return to Cuba to have a lesion removed. This may prove a major hurdle in his quest for re-election. Director of the Latin American Program Cynthia Arnson argues that this will be a major factor that will make "the race even tighter" against Capriles.

Democratic Reforms in the Western Balkans Can Benefit from the EU and NATO Accession Processes

Feb 07, 2012
European Studies Senior Associate Nida Gelazis was recently quoted in the Italian on-line newspaper Affaritaliani assessing the benefits of European enlargement in the Western Balkans. In an article by Massimiliano Santalucia titled "The Balkan countries break into Europe. Montenegro and Serbia in the EU Soon," Gelazis discussed the pros and cons of admitting the former Yugoslav countries to the EU.

Mexico Institute in the News: Nomination Paves New Path in Mexico

Feb 06, 2012
Josefina Vasquez Mota, the newly nominated presidential candidate for PAN, may be able to have more success as she capitalizes her gender in her campaign.

Mexico Institute in the News: Mexican Ruling Party Picks Woman as Presidential Candidate

Feb 06, 2012
Josefina Vasquez Mota was elected to be the presidential candidate for PAN. This is the first time a woman has been a presidential candidate for one of the major parties in Mexico.

Mexico Institute in the News: Mexican Vote May Determine Future of Drug War

Feb 03, 2012
Enrique Pena Nieto, a front-runner in the Mexican presidential race, is in the PRI, which is known for allowing drug cartels power. U.S. policy-makers are concerned for what may happen with the drug war if he wins the election.

Latin American Program in the News: Brazil's President Flexes Clout in Cuba Trip

Feb 01, 2012
Rousseff Offers Closer Economic Ties, Reflecting Nation's Bid for Greater Regional Leadership; Human Rights Remain Issue

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