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El País op-ed | Biden and Venezuela: a New Opportunity

On Saturday, March 19, El País published an op-ed by Geoff Ramsey, WOLA Director for Venezuela, and David Smilde, WOLA Senior Fellow and Charles A. and Leo M. Favrot Professor of Human Relations at Tulane University, in which they argue that the recent visit of U.S. officials to Caracas represents an important opportunity

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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

@dsmilde
Kristen

Kristen Martinez-Gugerli

Venezuela Program Associate

@kmgWOLA