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  • Issue Brief posted March 6, 2013 by Ray Walser, Ph.D., Jessica Zuckerman Venezuela After Chavez: U.S. Should Rally to Democracy

    On Tuesday, cancer claimed the life of Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez, silencing one of Latin America’s most controversial leaders in the 21st century. Chavez’s death opens the way to an uncertain succession process, continued polarization, and potential instability in oil-rich Venezuela. Dealing with a post-Chavez Venezuela will require an ongoing U.S. commitment to…

  • Issue Brief posted October 19, 2012 by Ryan Olson, James M. Roberts CARICOM: U.S. Should Push Back Against Chavez in the Caribbean

    The historically pro-American multilateral organization known as the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has been struggling for decades to form a regional “Single Market and Economy” (CSME) to integrate the disparate islands and sub-continental economies of the Caribbean Basin into a common market based on sound democratic institutions and pro-market policies. The obstacles to…

  • Issue Brief posted September 24, 2012 by Ray Walser, Ph.D. Time Is Ripe for U.S. Policy to Address Anti-Americanism in Latin America

    While the murder of American diplomats and violent anti-American riots across the Islamic world dominate the news cycle, it is easy to overlook the slow burn of anti-Americanism closer to home. In the Western Hemisphere, Hugo Chávez’s Venezuela, the Castro brothers’ Cuba, and the other members of the Bolivarian ALBA movement continue to advance a hostile, if less violent,…

  • Backgrounder posted September 19, 2012 by Ray Walser, Ph.D. The Chávez Plan to Steal Venezuela's Presidential Election: What Obama Should Do

    Abstract: On October 7, 2012, Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez will stand for re-election against opposition candidate Henrique Capriles. The Venezuelan presidential election matters to the U.S.: Venezuela is a major oil supplier to the U.S.; Chávez’s anti-American worldview has led to alliances with Iran, Syria, and Cuba; and Chávez offers safe havens to FARC and Hezbollah.…

  • Issue Brief posted February 13, 2012 by Ray Walser, Ph.D. Venezuela’s Presidential Primary: Capriles Radonski Ready to Challenge Chavez

    FYI: Heritage WebMemos are now called Issue Briefs. On February 12, nearly 3 million Venezuelans voted in the nation’s first genuine presidential primary. Voters selected a single candidate—Henrique Capriles Radonski—to face Venezuela’s authoritarian populist leader Hugo Chavez in a presidential contest on October 7. Chavez, the bellicose anti-American…

  • WebMemo posted July 1, 2011 by Ray Walser, Ph.D. Hugo Chávez’s Cancer, Authoritarianism, and the U.S.

    On June 10, Venezuela’s President Hugo Chávez arrived in Havana for high-level meetings. Two days later, the press reported he underwent surgery to repair a pelvic abscess. Speculation regarding his health increased with each passing day. Possible diagnoses included acute peritonitis, prostate cancer, or liposuction gone wrong. Two weeks later, Foreign Minister…

  • WebMemo posted March 18, 2011 by Ray Walser, Ph.D. President Obama in Latin America: Put Hugo Chavez on the Agenda

    President Obama undertakes his March 19–23 trip to Latin America at a time when the international scene is in enormous flux. In three stops—Brazil, Chile, and El Salvador—the President will send an upbeat message of equal partnership and offer broader U.S. engagement in Latin America. President Obama will meet with three leaders whose views count when it comes to…

  • Commentary posted September 28, 2010 by Peter Brookes Hugo Chavez plays host to Axis of Evil Express

    Last week in New York, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told the press that if the United States attacked Iran over its nuclear program it would face war like it had never seen. Bluster? Maybe, but it ain’t an empty boast if you can do it. And Iran may have already been making preparations to strike America should we come to blows over nukes - or anything…

  • WebMemo posted September 27, 2010 by Ray Walser, Ph.D. Venezuela’s Legislative Elections: Democratic Opposition Makes Major Gains

    On September 26, Venezuelan voters selected 165 members for its single-chamber National Assembly. Approximately 66.45 percent of an estimated 17 million eligible voters cast ballots. As with every election since 1998 in Venezuela, these elections became a referendum about the rule of authoritarian populist President Hugo Chávez. Despite alarmist predictions of violence by…

  • Commentary posted August 14, 2010 by Ray Walser, Ph.D. Cyber Saturday: An Aristide Government Would Put Haiti in Hugo Chavez Camp

    Seven months after the tragic Jan. 12 earthquake, Haiti is at last on the path to reconstruction. Thanks to a substantial flood of assistance, with billions of dollars more promised, the minimal needs of the Haitian people are finally being met. Yet the pace of recovery is painfully slow. The United States and the world have their sights set upon on a Haiti-owned…

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  • Issue Brief posted September 24, 2012 by Ray Walser, Ph.D. Time Is Ripe for U.S. Policy to Address Anti-Americanism in Latin America

    While the murder of American diplomats and violent anti-American riots across the Islamic world dominate the news cycle, it is easy to overlook the slow burn of anti-Americanism closer to home. In the Western Hemisphere, Hugo Chávez’s Venezuela, the Castro brothers’ Cuba, and the other members of the Bolivarian ALBA movement continue to advance a hostile, if less violent,…

  • Backgrounder posted September 19, 2012 by Ray Walser, Ph.D. The Chávez Plan to Steal Venezuela's Presidential Election: What Obama Should Do

    Abstract: On October 7, 2012, Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez will stand for re-election against opposition candidate Henrique Capriles. The Venezuelan presidential election matters to the U.S.: Venezuela is a major oil supplier to the U.S.; Chávez’s anti-American worldview has led to alliances with Iran, Syria, and Cuba; and Chávez offers safe havens to FARC and Hezbollah.…

  • Issue Brief posted March 6, 2013 by Ray Walser, Ph.D., Jessica Zuckerman Venezuela After Chavez: U.S. Should Rally to Democracy

    On Tuesday, cancer claimed the life of Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez, silencing one of Latin America’s most controversial leaders in the 21st century. Chavez’s death opens the way to an uncertain succession process, continued polarization, and potential instability in oil-rich Venezuela. Dealing with a post-Chavez Venezuela will require an ongoing U.S. commitment to…

  • Commentary posted August 14, 2010 by Ray Walser, Ph.D. Cyber Saturday: An Aristide Government Would Put Haiti in Hugo Chavez Camp

    Seven months after the tragic Jan. 12 earthquake, Haiti is at last on the path to reconstruction. Thanks to a substantial flood of assistance, with billions of dollars more promised, the minimal needs of the Haitian people are finally being met. Yet the pace of recovery is painfully slow. The United States and the world have their sights set upon on a Haiti-owned…

  • Commentary posted September 28, 2010 by Peter Brookes Hugo Chavez plays host to Axis of Evil Express

    Last week in New York, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told the press that if the United States attacked Iran over its nuclear program it would face war like it had never seen. Bluster? Maybe, but it ain’t an empty boast if you can do it. And Iran may have already been making preparations to strike America should we come to blows over nukes - or anything…

  • Commentary posted August 13, 2010 by Ray Walser, Ph.D. An Aristide Government Would Put Haiti in Hugo Chavez Camp

    Seven months after the tragic Jan. 12 earthquake, Haiti is at last on the path to reconstruction. Thanks to a substantial flood of assistance, with billions of dollars more promised, the minimal needs of the Haitian people are finally being met. Yet the pace of recovery is painfully slow. The United States and the world have their sights set upon on a Haiti-owned…

  • Commentary posted July 8, 2010 by Ray Walser, Ph.D. Difficult to Deal With the Axis of Hugo

    When someone sticks his face in yours and shouts you're his biggest enemy, it's a good idea to take them at their word. Enter, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Recently, while hosting Syria's Bashar al-Assad, Chavez publicly committed to "saving the world from the imperialism and capitalist hegemony that threaten the human species." Topping the Chavez-Assad…

  • WebMemo posted July 1, 2011 by Ray Walser, Ph.D. Hugo Chávez’s Cancer, Authoritarianism, and the U.S.

    On June 10, Venezuela’s President Hugo Chávez arrived in Havana for high-level meetings. Two days later, the press reported he underwent surgery to repair a pelvic abscess. Speculation regarding his health increased with each passing day. Possible diagnoses included acute peritonitis, prostate cancer, or liposuction gone wrong. Two weeks later, Foreign Minister…

  • WebMemo posted September 27, 2010 by Ray Walser, Ph.D. Venezuela’s Legislative Elections: Democratic Opposition Makes Major Gains

    On September 26, Venezuelan voters selected 165 members for its single-chamber National Assembly. Approximately 66.45 percent of an estimated 17 million eligible voters cast ballots. As with every election since 1998 in Venezuela, these elections became a referendum about the rule of authoritarian populist President Hugo Chávez. Despite alarmist predictions of violence by…

  • Issue Brief posted October 19, 2012 by Ryan Olson, James M. Roberts CARICOM: U.S. Should Push Back Against Chavez in the Caribbean

    The historically pro-American multilateral organization known as the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has been struggling for decades to form a regional “Single Market and Economy” (CSME) to integrate the disparate islands and sub-continental economies of the Caribbean Basin into a common market based on sound democratic institutions and pro-market policies. The obstacles to…

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  • Issue Brief posted March 6, 2013 by Ray Walser, Ph.D., Jessica Zuckerman Venezuela After Chavez: U.S. Should Rally to Democracy

    On Tuesday, cancer claimed the life of Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez, silencing one of Latin America’s most controversial leaders in the 21st century. Chavez’s death opens the way to an uncertain succession process, continued polarization, and potential instability in oil-rich Venezuela. Dealing with a post-Chavez Venezuela will require an ongoing U.S. commitment to…

  • Issue Brief posted October 19, 2012 by Ryan Olson, James M. Roberts CARICOM: U.S. Should Push Back Against Chavez in the Caribbean

    The historically pro-American multilateral organization known as the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has been struggling for decades to form a regional “Single Market and Economy” (CSME) to integrate the disparate islands and sub-continental economies of the Caribbean Basin into a common market based on sound democratic institutions and pro-market policies. The obstacles to…

  • Issue Brief posted September 24, 2012 by Ray Walser, Ph.D. Time Is Ripe for U.S. Policy to Address Anti-Americanism in Latin America

    While the murder of American diplomats and violent anti-American riots across the Islamic world dominate the news cycle, it is easy to overlook the slow burn of anti-Americanism closer to home. In the Western Hemisphere, Hugo Chávez’s Venezuela, the Castro brothers’ Cuba, and the other members of the Bolivarian ALBA movement continue to advance a hostile, if less violent,…

  • Backgrounder posted September 19, 2012 by Ray Walser, Ph.D. The Chávez Plan to Steal Venezuela's Presidential Election: What Obama Should Do

    Abstract: On October 7, 2012, Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez will stand for re-election against opposition candidate Henrique Capriles. The Venezuelan presidential election matters to the U.S.: Venezuela is a major oil supplier to the U.S.; Chávez’s anti-American worldview has led to alliances with Iran, Syria, and Cuba; and Chávez offers safe havens to FARC and Hezbollah.…

  • Issue Brief posted February 13, 2012 by Ray Walser, Ph.D. Venezuela’s Presidential Primary: Capriles Radonski Ready to Challenge Chavez

    FYI: Heritage WebMemos are now called Issue Briefs. On February 12, nearly 3 million Venezuelans voted in the nation’s first genuine presidential primary. Voters selected a single candidate—Henrique Capriles Radonski—to face Venezuela’s authoritarian populist leader Hugo Chavez in a presidential contest on October 7. Chavez, the bellicose anti-American…

  • WebMemo posted July 1, 2011 by Ray Walser, Ph.D. Hugo Chávez’s Cancer, Authoritarianism, and the U.S.

    On June 10, Venezuela’s President Hugo Chávez arrived in Havana for high-level meetings. Two days later, the press reported he underwent surgery to repair a pelvic abscess. Speculation regarding his health increased with each passing day. Possible diagnoses included acute peritonitis, prostate cancer, or liposuction gone wrong. Two weeks later, Foreign Minister…

  • WebMemo posted March 18, 2011 by Ray Walser, Ph.D. President Obama in Latin America: Put Hugo Chavez on the Agenda

    President Obama undertakes his March 19–23 trip to Latin America at a time when the international scene is in enormous flux. In three stops—Brazil, Chile, and El Salvador—the President will send an upbeat message of equal partnership and offer broader U.S. engagement in Latin America. President Obama will meet with three leaders whose views count when it comes to…

  • WebMemo posted September 27, 2010 by Ray Walser, Ph.D. Venezuela’s Legislative Elections: Democratic Opposition Makes Major Gains

    On September 26, Venezuelan voters selected 165 members for its single-chamber National Assembly. Approximately 66.45 percent of an estimated 17 million eligible voters cast ballots. As with every election since 1998 in Venezuela, these elections became a referendum about the rule of authoritarian populist President Hugo Chávez. Despite alarmist predictions of violence by…

  • WebMemo posted August 13, 2010 by Ray Walser, Ph.D. Santos–Chávez Santa Marta Summit: A Moment of Promise and Peril in the Americas

    The August 10 summit between newly inaugurated Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez is a potentially positive step in the Americas. The summit lowered tensions that were recently heightened when officials of the outgoing Uribe government presented evidence showing that an estimated 1,5000 fighters of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia…

  • WebMemo posted June 4, 2010 by Ray Walser, Ph.D. Action Needed on Chávez, Democracy, and Trade: Secretary of State Clinton Visits Latin America Again

    Next week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will travel to Lima, Peru, to attend the Organization of American States (OAS) general assembly. She is also planning a brief visit to Ecuador, Colombia, and Barbados in what will be her second swing through the region in 2010. Clinton cannot afford to squander this opportunity to focus attention on Venezuela’s increasingly…

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