Tuesday Seminar Series: "The Treacherous Way Out of the Bolivarian Revolution: A Political Interpretation"


Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 12:00pm to 2:00pm


CGIS South S-250, 1730 Cambridge St.

Speakers: Javier Corrales, Dwight W. Morrow 1895 Professor of Political Science, Amherst College; Leonardo Vivas, Lecturer, Global and International Relations Program, Northeastern University


With an economic crisis of historical proportions, pressures for presidential resignation are mounting in Venezuela. Javier Corrales will compare Venezuela today with other cases of premature resignation in Latin America since the 1980s.

Javier Corrales is the Dwight W. Morrow 1895 Professor of Political Science at Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts.  He is the co-author with with Michael Penfold of Dragon in the Tropic: The Legacy of Hugo Chávez, second edition (Brookings Institution Press, 2015), with Daniel Altschuler of The Promise of Participation:  Experiments in Participatory Governance in Honduras and Guatemala (Palgrave Macmillan 2013), and with Carlos Romero of U.S.-Venezuela Relations:  Coping with Midlevel Security Threats (Routledge, 2013).  He is also the co-editor (with Mario Pecheny) of The Politics of Sexuality in Latin America (University of Pittsburgh Press 2010).  Currently, he is working on a book project on constitutional assemblies and presidential powers in Latin America.

Under a perfect storm in Venezuela, both the government and the opposition--are weighing their options. Leonardo Vivas will discuss how the country got to this state and what potential scenarios are open to end the multi-faceted crisis.

Leonardo Vivas is lecturer on Latin America and courses on Human Rights and Sustainable Development in the Global and International Relations Program at the CPS in Northeastern University. Until recently he was director of the Latin America Program at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at HKS. In Venezuela he was Director of Industry in charge of the Commercial Reform and Industrial Policy. After his government experience he wrote two early books (in Spanish) dealing both with the political flaws of economic reform in Venezuela (Crónicas de un tecnócrata en apuros) and with the rise of Chávez to power (Chávez: La última revolución del siglo XX). He has written many articles about Venezuela. His most recent is, Are the Bells Tolling for the Bolivarian Revolution? (Harvard International Review, July 2015). He is currently working on a book about the demise of the Bolivarian Revolution.