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Beyond the Current Crisis: The Big Picture in Venezuela

May 8, 2014

Demonstrators in Venezuela blame President Nicolás Maduro for "mismanaging" the economy of the oil-rich country and have said they will continue protesting until he resigns. The government has labelled protesters "fascist agitators.” But problems such as lack of security, high crime rates, and frustration with the country's poor economic situation did not begin when Maduro took office. In this edition of CONTEXT, Margarita López Maya looks at the big picture in Venezuela. How did it get to this point and what will it take to solve problems that have persisted for many years?

About the Guest

Margarita López Maya is a former fellow with the Wilson Center’s Latin American Program and also holds the position of Professor Titular at the Center for Development Studies (CENDES) at the Central University of Venezuela. She has been a researcher and lecturer on contemporary political history for more than twenty five years. 


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Margarita Lopez Maya

Former Fellow;
Professor, Center for Development Studies (CENDES), Universidad Central de Venezuela  
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