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VENEZUELA: WACC SPECIAL EVENT, NOT ONE OF THE REG. 6 TALKS

February 15, 2017 at 6:00 PM 
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Riverview Room - The Citadel
Hammond Ave.
Charleston, SC
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WACC SPECIAL EVENT: NOTE, THIS IS NOT ONE OF 6 STANDARD TALKS

SPEAKER: Dr. Javier Corrales, Amherst College (https://www.amherst.edu/users/C/jcorrales)  

DATE and TIME: February 15, 6:00-8:30 PM (dinner served at 6:45, talk at 7:15) 

LOCATION: Citadel Riverview Room 

FORMAT: Plated 3-course dinner and open bar 

PRICE: $40.00 per person ....RSVP Is Required

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RSVP to  Brian Norris at bnorris@citadel.edu. Payment can be made by sending a check to PO Box 21260, Charleston, SC 29413-1260

TITLE: Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez Regime: Collapse or Consolidation during a Time of Humanitarian Crisis? 

Venezuela is of some strategic importance to the US as a significant supplier of oil and as an ally of the ailing Castro regime in Cuba, but Venezuela’s recent humanitarian crisis due to mismanagement of the economy by the government has called attention to this nation of 30 million for entirely non-strategic reasons. Coverage of the US détente with the anachronistic Cuban Castro regime in 2015 crowded out potential coverage of the truly appalling conditions in Venezuela, which included food and medical shortages, high inflation, and a murder rate about 4 times that of Mexico (2014). Only recently have international media focused on Venezuela. What is the status of the illiberal regime built by Hugo Chavez, and continued by his hand-picked successor Nicolas Maduro, under such conditions? Might collapse be imminent? Or is the Venezuelan state merely passing through its own special period, the euphemism used for the period in the 1990s when Castro-led Cuba lost its Soviet sponsors and commoner Cubans literally lost weight, before achieving consolidation? Javier Corrales is Dwight W. Morrow 1895 Professor of Political Science at Amherst College and is co-author of Dragon in the Tropics:  Venezuela and the Legacy of Hugo Chávez (Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press, 2015), now in its second edition.

 See Nicholas Casy, "Hungry Venezuelans Flee in Boats to Escape Economic Collapse," New York Times, Nov. 25, 2016.

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