The Colombian government and the FARC began peace talks this week.
In Oslo, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, and the government will also focus on agrarian reform and victims' rights, among other issues. Steve Dudley, Wilson Center Fellow, voiced optimism that Colombia could avoid a new wave of killings if a peace accord is signed.
Despite a number of prominent polls indicating a tight finish, Hugo Chavez was re-elected President of Venezuela by a comfortable margin. But the opposition ran a competitive race and may have some momentum with regional elections set for December. Chavez’s health and prospects for completing his latest term in office remain questionable. In this Context interview, Cynthia Arnson, Director of the Wilson Center’s Latin American Program, discusses the implications of the election results.
Latin American Program in the News: Venezuelan opposition candidate Capriles may still pose future threat to ChavezOct 09, 2012
This article discusses the results of the election on Sunday.
Latin American Program in the News: Navarro says that Chavez will win with voting "close to or above 54%"Oct 07, 2012
Senator Alejandro Navarro said that he estimates that Hugo Chávez will have “a clear victory close to or above 54%” in the presidential elections in Venezuela, which will take place this Sunday.[Spanish]
There are several predictions for the outcome of the October 7 election in Venezuela.
Latin American Program in the News: After 14 years in power, Hugo Chavez confronts a tough challenger in Venezuela electionOct 06, 2012
This Venezuelan election is more competitive than past elections for Hugo Chavez.
Venezuelans voting whether to re- elect Hugo Chavez on Oct. 7 will also decide the fate of a regime that forms the linchpin of an alliance from Iran to Cuba against U.S. policies
Cynthia Arnson appeared on NTN 24’s Zoom a la Noticia on October 4 to discuss the Presidential elections in Venezuela and the impact they could have on other countries in the region. The interview is in Spanish.
Is Hugo Chavez sailing toward re-election? Or is challenger Henrique Capriles surging toward upset victory in Venezuela’s election? Your answer might depend on which of the country’s polls you’ve been following. Though major polling firms differ on where the race stands, they seem to agree that the final outcome is almost impossible to predict. We spoke with one of Venezuela’s top pollsters, Luis Vicente Leon, Director of Datanalisis, for an up to the moment analysis of the polling data and the dynamics of the race.