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After Chavez: Venezuela Prepares For Possible Transition

Jan 03, 2013
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.

Duncan Wood New Mexico Institute Director

Jan 03, 2013
Jane Harman announces appointment of Duncan Wood as the new director of the Mexico Institute.

Would Chavismo Continue Without Chávez?

Dec 21, 2012
Cynthia Arnson comments on President Hugo Chavez and Vice President Nicolás Maduro.

Albert O. Hirschman (1915-2012)

Dec 21, 2012
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.

Sympathy for Chavez a factor in Venezuela politics

Dec 18, 2012
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.

“The Decisive Vote? How Latinos Voted and What It Means for Policy”

Dec 17, 2012
Latino leaders and scholars talked about the impact of Latino voters on the 2012 presidential election, and the issues that influenced their votes.

Chávez names possible successor: Venezuelan President in Cuba for cancer surgery

Dec 17, 2012
Cynthia Arnson appeared on CTV News to discuss the international ramifications of Chávez's possible successor, Nicolás Maduro.

Latin America’s Adaptive Gangsters

Dec 17, 2012
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.

Part IV of the Latino Vote: A Look Ahead

Dec 14, 2012
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.

Part III of The Latino Vote: Why Did Arizona Buck the Trend?

Dec 14, 2012
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.

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