• Marczak on Venezuelan Election Results

    Question: What do the results suggest about the level of support for the president, the opposition and where the country may be headed? Is a big change likely to come about in Venezuela in 2014?

    Chavismo may have won the popular vote in the December 8 municipal elections, but the opposition can rightly claim its own electoral win. Still, the ballot box yet again showed an increasingly fragmented country headed down an uncharted path.

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  • Arsht Center Experts on Upcoming Venezuela Elections

    This Sunday, December 8, Venezuelans go to the polls to vote in municipal elections that are the government’s first test at the ballot box of the eight months since Nicolás Maduro was elected president. Just over 330 mayoral offices will be at stake; of these, the opposition currently controls just seventy.

    The Atlantic Council's experts in the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center provide their latest policy analysis below. To schedule an interview or use quotes from this analysis, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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  • More Uncertainty Ahead of Venezuela's Municipal Elections

    Where is Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro taking his country? Clearly, it is radicalizing further and faster than under his predecessor, Hugo Chávez.

    Exactly one month before the December 8 municipal elections, Maduro announced the "occupation" of the Daka chain of electronics stores and security forces proceeded to arrest several executives. A few days later he asked the "Bolivarian Militia" to take to the streets to hold back the "fascist right wing that wants to wage economic war on Venezuela."

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  • Spotlight Venezuela

    In the first installment of our Spotlight series, the Atlantic Council's Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center explores three scenarios of how the increasingly volatile situation in Venezuela may unfold. This is a particularly critical moment as the country heads toward municipal elections on December 8 with President Nicolás Maduro recently being granted emergency decree powers for one year.

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  • Spotlight Venezuela | November 12

    Nearly seven months after a highly contentious presidential election, Venezuela's political, economic, and social future is increasingly uncertain. On November 8, President Nicolás Maduro ordered the "occupation" of an electronics store chain followed by a call for "Bolivarian militias" to flood the streets to crack down on the "right- wing's fascist economic war." Security forces are enforcing orders, bringing tensions to a new limit and raising the potential for large- scale violence. The National Assembly is likely soon to grant Maduro the power to rule by decree to fight corruption, which would give him new tools to go after his critics and imprison business leaders. As the December 8 municipal elections approach, the economy continues its downward spiral with inflation reaching 54 percent in October.

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  • Is Venezuela Going Over the Edge? An Assessment from Human Rights Defenders

    On October 29, 2013, the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center and Freedom House hosted a conversation with three Venezuelan human rights activists on the state of democracy and freedom in Venezuela.
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  • A Roundtable with Maria Corina Machado

    On June 7, 2012 the Atlantic Council’s Transatlantic Relations Program hosted an off-the-record roundtable discussion with Maria Corina Machado, Venezuelan opposition leader and member of the National Assembly.

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  • Russia Considers Caribbean Based Bombers

    A senior Russian general says his country is contemplating basing strategic bombers in the Caribbean, either on a Venezuelan island or Cuba. 

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  • Georgia Crisis Reverberates to Latin America

    Sitting in Bogota, I didn’t expect to see Colombian television coverage of the four-ship Russian squadron departing Severmorsk. After all, Colombia is very much focused on consolidating its recent gains against the narcoterrorist group FARC. There is now tremendous optimism in Colombia with a series of successes that began with a spring operation that killed the FARC deputy Raul Reyes and a summer operation that recovered three American hostages, Ingrid Betancourt, and eleven others. It was strange to me that the Caucasus should matter in Colombia, but to overuse a phrase, the world is interconnected now.

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