About the Blog
Venezuelan Politics and Human Rights is a blog hosted by the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA). It is a unique resource for journalists, policymakers, academics, activists, and others interested in understanding and following Venezuelan politics and human rights.
The contributors provide in-depth analysis on Venezuelan politics and the political crisis. They highlight the advocacy efforts of civil society partners in Venezuela and throughout the hemisphere to offer a unique perspective that goes beyond polarized political debates.
Geoff Ramsey is WOLA’s Director for Venezuela. He is an avid observer of the situation in Venezuela—having helped coordinate WOLA’s response to and coverage of the December 2015 legislative elections from Caracas—as well as a regular contributor to the Venezuelan Politics and Human Rights blog.
David Smilde is a WOLA Senior Fellow and the Charles A. and Leo M. Favrot Professor of Human Relations at Tulane University. He has lived in or worked on Venezuela since 1992. He is co-editor of Venezuela’s Bolivarian Democracy: Participation, Politics, and Culture under Chavez (Duke 2011), and is currently working on a book project called Venezuela’s Transition to Illiberalism.
Kristen Martinez-Gugerli is WOLA’s Program Associate for Venezuela. She facilitates outreach with governments, civil society partners and other stakeholders. She researches and writes about Venezuela’s political crisis, the humanitarian emergency, and has closely followed the displacement crisis.
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