Archive for the ‘Caracas Connect’ Category

December 14, 2015 |

Caracas Connect: December 14, 2015 Report

In the weeks leading to the National Assembly elections in Venezuela, there was little doubt that the opposition would make gains, probably win a majority. Few anticipated the overwhelming margin by which the governing United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), founded by the late President Hugo Chávez Friás, lost the… read more »

June 26, 2015 |


by Dr. Dan Hellinger Divisions Deepen within Left and Right in Venezuela President Nicolás Maduro and the Bolivarian government have seen a defection of a faction of its grassroots organizers and intellectual supporters. The radical Marea Socialista (or “Socialist Tide”) has definitively split from the Unified Socialist Party of Venezuela… read more »

February 25, 2015 |

CARACAS CONNECT: February 2015

Conflicts Widen and Deepen as the New Year Unfolds in Venezuela Venezuelans entered 2015 bedeviled with several problems that have now been exacerbated by a new one: the collapse of global oil prices. Lines outside supermarkets and other stores have grown longer; but, more importantly, they have become more common… read more »

September 29, 2014 |

Caracas Connect, September 2014 Report

It has been a long, hot summer in Venezuela; fortunately, there has not been a great deal of political violence. For the time being, President Nicolás Maduro is unlikely to face the kind of political unrest that plagued Venezuela earlier this year, but his political star continues to fall. A Datanálysis poll claimed that 62.3 percent of Venezuelans disapprove of his performance in government. Perhaps more telling is the poll’s finding that 59 percent of Venezuelans think that “Maduro has ideals different from those of Hugo Chávez.”

June 9, 2014 |

Caracas Connect, May-June 2014

Crises, said political scientist Charles Hermann, are typically defined by three factors: threat, time, and surprise. What we see in Venezuela is a gathering crisis characterized by high threat, a moderate but shrinking time to resolve it, and very little surprise. But, there is a large element of unpredictability due to the opaque nature of two key actors with influence: the Obama Administration and Venezuela’s military. The country’s political future is also clouded by divisions in both the government and opposition camps.

March 21, 2014 |

CDA Conference Call on Venezuela, featuring Prof. Dan Hellinger and Prof. Alejandro Velasco

On March 6, 2014, the Center for Democracy in the Americas hosted a conference call regarding ongoing protests and violence in Venezuela. The topics discussed on this call were: The problems posed by the U.S. media coverage of the conflict; A comparison with other instances in the past 15 years… read more »

February 20, 2014 |

Caracas Connect, February 2014 Report

So far, 2014 has brought little more than a further deterioration of the center in Venezuelan politics. The weekend of February 12 saw the eruption of the most serious political violence in the country since the short-lived coup against Hugo Chávez in 2002. Two student demonstrators and a prominent pro-government activist died.

December 18, 2013 |

Caracas Connect, December 2013 Report: Elections, Decree Laws, Economic Warfare, Intervention

On December 8, Venezuelans went to the polls to elect a total of 335 mayors and 2,435 municipal council members. In the election, the government of President Nicolás Maduro and his ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) running in coalition with the Communist Party and some other smaller partners, faced off against the opposition Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD), led by Henrique Capriles Radonski. Maduro narrowly defeated Capriles in last April’s presidential election to replace Hugo Chávez, who died in March.

October 7, 2013 |

Caracas Connect, September-October 2013 Report: U.S. Diplomats Expelled, Power Outages, Election Discontent, Coup Talk

The summer months in Venezuela have seen strains in both the government and opposition camps, as municipal elections approach. A power-outage, which affected more than half the population, came at an especially unwelcome time for President Nicolás Maduro’s United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV).

July 18, 2013 |

Caracas Connect, July 2013 Report

Twelve weeks after the April 14 presidential election, the shape of government under President Nicolás Maduro has begun to take form. Although Latin American governments have recognized his victory in the election to replace the deceased President Hugo Chávez Frías, the United States continues to withhold formal recognition of the result.