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Venezuela: Dangerous Inertia

Latin America Briefing N°31, 23 September 2014

Supporters of Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez -who was arrested on the eve on charges of homicide and inciting violence- wave national flags outside of the Justice Palace, on February 19, 2014, in Caracas. The end of street protests does not mean the end of Venezuela’s crisis. Rising economic problems and unaddressed political demands could lead to renewed violence and threaten national stability.

Recent Reports

Venezuela: Dangerous Inertia, Latin America Briefing N°31, 23 Sep 2014

The end of street protests does not mean the end of Venezuela’s crisis. Rising economic problems and unaddressed political demands could lead to renewed violence and threaten national stability. español

Venezuela: Tipping Point, Latin America Briefing N°30, 21 May 2014

Failure to resolve the Venezuelan crisis could plunge the country into yet more violence, leaving it unable to address soaring criminality and economic decline and exposing the inability of regional inter-governmental bodies to manage the continent’s conflicts. español

Left in the Cold? The ELN and Colombia’s Peace Talks, Latin America Report N°51, 26 Feb 2014

Bringing the National Liberation Army (ELN) into the current round of negotiations is vital for durable peace.


Transitional Justice and Colombia’s Peace Talks, Latin America Report N°49, 29 Aug 2013

To secure a lasting peace, talks between Colombia’s government and FARC rebels need to include a clear, credible and coherent plan for reckoning with decades of human rights abuses. 


Venezuela: A House Divided, Latin America Briefing N°28, 16 May 2013

Legal challenges to the close 14 April presidential election and the government’s reluctance to commit to a full review cast a shadow over the sustainability of the new administration in an already deeply polarised Venezuela.


Colombia: Peace at Last?, Latin America Report N°45, 25 Sep 2012

After decades of failed attempts to defeat the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) militarily and flawed negotiations, a political solution to the Western Hemisphere’s oldest conflict may finally be possible.


Dangerous Uncertainty ahead of Venezuela’s Elections, Latin America Report N°42, 26 Jun 2012

Uncertainty over President Hugo Chávez’s health deepens Venezuela’s fragility ahead of presidential elections in October and sparks fears of instability. 


Dismantling Colombia’s New Illegal Armed Groups: Lessons from a Surrender, Latin America Report N°41, 8 Jun 2012

The surrender of the Popular Revolutionary Anti-Terrorist Army of Colombia (ERPAC) exposed justice system and government strategy shortcomings that unless corrected will hamper efforts to combat groups which are now top security challenges. español

Moving Beyond Easy Wins: Colombia’s Borders , Latin America Report N°40, 31 Oct 2011

Colombia needs bolder policies to cope with the violence in its border areas, because improved relations with its neighbours alone have neither effectively reduced ongoing conflict with illegal armed groups nor alleviated the plight of the local communities.


Violence and Politics in Venezuela, Latin America Report N°38, 17 Aug 2011

Crime and violence seriously threaten Venezuela’s medium and long-term stability, regardless of whether or not President Hugo Chávez retains power in the 2012 election.

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Venezuela Looks to New National Assembly
22 December 2010

After the September Legislative Elections in Venezuela, there was hope that the results would increase spaces for democratic decision-making in the country. Our Colombia/Andes Project Director Silke Pfeiffer tells us what has happened, with the New National Assembly about to take power in early January. Listen.