Revolution and Violence: Understanding Venezuela’s Crime Wave


Thursday, October 16, 2014, 5:30pm


CGIS South, S050

Andes Initiative / Latin American Caucus, HKS

Photo: Leo Ramírez

Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution set out to champion the poor, investing billions of dollars of oil revenues in social programs. And yet, Venezuela's violent death rate quintupled between 1990 and 2012—a citizen security crisis that has most hurt the Bolivarian state's favored constituents. How did this happen? This event presents new quantitative and qualitative evidence on the political, economic, and social causes of Venezuela's violent crime wave. 

Veronica Zubillaga is currently Craig M. Cogut Visiting Professor of Latin American Studies at Brown University and Professor at the Universidad Simón Bolívar in Caracas.  In recent years Zubillaga has combined academia with public impact on the domain of social violence, specifically promoting an arms control and disarmament public policy.  She got the Security Challenges in the Americas Fellowship for Visiting Scholars at Brown University in 2013, where she is now, and in 2012 a Fulbright Research Scholarship.

Dorothy Kronick is a PhD candidate in political Science at Stanford. Her dissertation focuses on the electoral politics of violent crime in Latin America. Before arriving at Stanford she lived in Caracas for one year as a Fulbright scholar, where she has returned many times for field work. Dorothy’s commentary on Venezuelan politics has appeared in The American Prospect, InSight Crime, Caracas Chronicles, América Economía, The New Republic, and other outlets.

Moderated by Francisco Monaldi, HKS

Free and open to the public