Discussions are underway to determine the best course if Hugo Chavez is unable to recover from his latest health setback by his inauguration day on January 10. Will the letter of the Constitution be adhered to, or will some special circumstance be invoked in an effort to maintain the ailing president’s hold on power? And what will happen if Chavez, Venezuela’s President since 1999, is unable to fulfill his duties? Cindy Arnson, Director of the Wilson Center’s Latin American Program has been monitoring the situation and provides context on what to expect in the coming days and weeks.
Jane Harman announces appointment of Duncan Wood as the new director of the Mexico Institute.
Cynthia Arnson comments on President Hugo Chavez and Vice President Nicolás Maduro.
Abraham F. Lowenthal pays tribute to the life and accomplishments to Albert O. Hirshman, including his contributions as first chairman of the Latin American Program’s Academic Council.
Cynthia Arnson is quoted in an Associated Press article discussing the impact that the outpouring of emotion over Hugo Chávez's precarious health will have in Venezuelan politics.
Latino leaders and scholars talked about the impact of Latino voters on the 2012 presidential election, and the issues that influenced their votes.
Cynthia Arnson appeared on CTV News to discuss the international ramifications of Chávez's possible successor, Nicolás Maduro.
While in recent decades Latin America as a region has made impressive gains in building state capacity and strengthening democracy, criminal networks have adapted to the forces of modernization and capitalized on the vulnerabilities of Latin American democracies by way of an extralegal system of relationships based on clientelism and corruption.
In our final chapter, Roberto Suro looks beyond the headlines of 2012 to identify the most important trend lines reshaping the dynamics of U.S. elections.
While Latino voters were helping deliver Democratic majorites in Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Virginia, Arizona remained solidly in the Republican column. This happend in spite of the state's growing Latino population and also in the face of heated debate over its immigration policies. To gain insight into Arizona's politics, we spoke with Arizona State University's Rodolfo Espino.