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Latin American Populism in the Twenty-First Century: Update Venezuela

About the nature of populism in Latin America and its most recent radical manifestations.

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Apr. 11, 2014
9:00am – 11:00am

Location

5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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Latin American Populism in the Twenty-First Century: Update Venezuela

In Venezuela, two months of protests against the government of President Nicolás Maduro have claimed dozens of lives. A delegation of foreign ministers from the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) is visiting Venezuela this week for the second time, hoping to sponsor a dialogue between the government and opposition.

While the protests have proximate causes—rampant crime and economic turmoil—Venezuela’s levels of polarization reflect a deeper structural problem rooted in dramatically contrasting notions of democracy and governance. Understanding this problem requires unpacking the nature of populism in Latin America and its most recent radical manifestations.
 

Speakers:

Margarita López-Maya
Universidad Central de Venezuela

Carlos de la Torre
University of Kentucky

Hector Schamis
Georgetown University

Cynthia J. Arnson
Latin American Program, Wilson Center

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The Wilson Center’s prestigious Latin American Program provides non-partisan expertise to a broad community of decision makers in the United States and Latin America on critical policy issues facing the Hemisphere. The Program provides insightful and actionable research for policymakers, private sector leaders, journalists, and public intellectuals in the United States and Latin America. To bridge the gap between scholarship and policy action, it fosters new inquiry, sponsors high-level public and private meetings among multiple stakeholders, and explores policy options to improve outcomes for citizens throughout the Americas. Drawing on the Wilson Center’s strength as the nation’s key non-partisan forum, the Program serves as a trusted source of analysis and a vital point of contact between the worlds of scholarship and action.  Read more

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