Category: Articles


Foreign Policy Op-ed: U.S.-Venezuelan Oil Deal Should Not Forget Democracy

On March 8, Charles A. and Leo M. Favrot Professor of Human Relations at Tulane University David Smilde published an op-ed in Foreign Policy assessing recent reports of talks between the Biden administration and the Maduro government to negotiate a potential deal to facilitate the exportation of Venezuelan oil, as well as the release of U.S. citizens detained in Venezuela, as Biden prepared to announce a ban on U.S. imports of oil from Russia amid its invasion of Ukraine.

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Wilson Center Publication | From Populist to Socialist to Authoritarian Chavismo: Obstacles and Opportunities for Democratic Change

This week, WOLA Senior Fellow and Tulane University Professor David Smilde published a study for the Wilson Center’s Latin American Program through which he traces the evolution of Venezuela’s chavismo from its beginnings as a version of left populism based on the charisma of former President Hugo Chávez, to its turn toward socialism, to its current authoritarian incarnation under Nicolás Maduro.

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Venezuela Program

Geoff Ramsey

Geoff Ramsey

Director for Venezuela @GRamsey_LatAm

David Smilde

David Smilde

WOLA Senior Fellow and the Charles A. and Leo M. Favrot Professor of Human Relations at Tulane University


Kristen Martinez-Gugerli

Venezuela Program Associate