Maria Isabel Puerta Riera

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  • Venezuela: a full-blown military dictatorship is consumed

    Since his rise to power, Hugo Chavez always placed his confidence in the military, making the alliance with civilians a provisional arrangement until the institutional framework for the revolution would assure the complete control of society in the hands of the military. Chavez never concealed the mistrust he had in civilians, which was part of the core argument for the[…]

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  • What went so wrong? About the electoral results of 2016

    The polls were wrong or we chose to look the other way? There is definitely a growing conviction that they were looking at a different situation, that they fell short in identifying a new democratic electorate. Now that we are listening to some legislators from Wisconsin or Michigan, there are  doubts being raised about how misleading it was to have[…]

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  • Letter from a Venezuelan Professor

    I started teaching college in Venezuela in 1996, as a young Political Scientist my goal was to get a tenured position, following the footsteps of my Father. It took me a while, starting as a Lecturer and after several years of waiting for the budget, until I finally reached tenure. The system back there is very different, most of the[…]

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  • Venezuela: a crisis within the crisis

    The Venezuelan political crisis has rapidly evolved into a constitutional disaster, even as the Supreme Court seemed to be in damage control mode a day after its decision to dissolve the National Assembly unleashed a wave of local and international rejection. The very attempt to correct the subversion of the constitution itself was enough proof that the government had lost[…]

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  • Russia: a failed democratization [i]

    Author: Armando Chaguaceda[ii] The evolution of post-Soviet Russia is a fascinating subject for those interested in contemporary geopolitics. The transformation in just a quarter of century from a (post) totalitarian system into an imperfect electoral democracy, followed by subsequent regression to competitive authoritarianism, offer a sui generis overview of the dynamics of institutional change in today’s world. By now it[…]

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Maria Isabel Puerta Riera

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Maria Isabel Puerta Riera
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