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Venezuela: Edge of the Precipice

Latin America Briefing N°35, 23 June 2016

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Venezuela is in full-fledged crisis: food and medicine are scarce, violent crime is surging, and the government is blocking democratic ways forward. The international community and the Organization of American States should press for political dialogue, the opening of legal paths to a presidential recall referendum in 2016, and permission for humanitarian aid to enter the country.

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Venezuela: Edge of the Precipice, Latin America Briefing N°35, 23 Jun 2016

Venezuela is in full-fledged crisis: food and medicine are scarce, violent crime is surging, and the government is blocking democratic ways forward. The international community and the Organization of American States should press for political dialogue, the opening of legal paths to a presidential recall referendum in 2016, and permission for humanitarian aid to enter the country.

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The End of Hegemony: What Next for Venezuela?, Latin America Briefing N°34, 21 Dec 2015

After a crushing defeat in parliamentary elections, Venezuela’s Chavista government needs to move away from confrontation. The executive must join the new legislative majority in a cooperation pact that can lead the country from deadlock to open democracy, and save it from a looming economic and humanitarian disaster.​

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Venezuela: Unnatural Disaster, Latin America Briefing N°33, 30 Jul 2015

Alongside Venezuela’s growing political tension, the collapse of the country’s economy and health care system are leading to an equally dangerous social crisis. To stave off a humanitarian disaster that could well turn today’s polarisation violent, Venezuela needs an emergency program, careful reform of price controls, political consensus, and international support.

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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   中文

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

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.

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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. 

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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: Accelerating the Bolivarian Revolution, Latin America Briefing N°22 , 5 Nov 2009

President Hugo Chávez’s victory in the 15 February 2009 referendum, permitting indefinite re-election of all elected officials, marked an acceleration of his “Bolivarian revolution” and “socialism of the 21st century”.

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Venezuela: Political Reform or Regime Demise, Latin America Report N°27 , 23 Jul 2008

President Hugo Chávez faces mounting difficulties at home and abroad. The defeat of constitutional reforms in a December 2007 referendum, a year after re-election, was his worst setback since winning the presidency in 1998.

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