Maria Isabel Puerta Riera

Articles

  • Venezuela: The Decline of a Democracy

    Venezuela’s unrest has been frequently making the headlines for the past three years, but since the end of March of 2017, the oil producing country hit by a severe governance crisis that has not left the front pages. The reasons for the country’s misfortunes are a string of poor public policy choices, widespread mismanagement, extensive corruption, and ideological demagoguery. These[…]

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  • What’s the road ahead for Venezuela?

    The international community has no other choice but to reject the National Constituent Assembly in #Venezuela. The regime’s decision to call for a vote ignoring the constitution forces them to reject it. The Venezuelan regime seems to believe that foreign sanctions will reunify chavismo, but that might not be the case this time around. It is clear they don’t care[…]

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  • The failure of Hugo Chavez

    In 1998, Hugo Chavez appeared as a modern version of Robin Hood, an avenger poised to punish the ruling class for their disconnect and corruption. After his failed coup attemp in 1992, Chavez tried unsuccessfully to boycott democracy. It became inevitable for him to realize -thanks to his advisers really- that there was no clear parh to pwer from the[…]

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  • A cry for Venezuela

    This is what happens when you choose to look the other way. Throughout the years we forestalled about the danger Hugo Chavez represented. The mistakes made during the failed coup in 2002 allowed Chavez to obstruct any attempt to build a solid and democratic opposition. It took years for the democratic opposition to rebuild and gain respect -within and abroad-[…]

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  • The People’s consultation

    In a blunt statement, the result from the Venezuelan popular consultation on July 16th is that the Opposition sent a clear message to power about their commitment to democracy, stripping accusations that the coalition of opposition political parties (MUD) is taking shortcuts or calling the military to depose president Nicolas Maduro to restore democracy. In a very short time (less[…]

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Maria Isabel Puerta Riera

Political scientist

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Maria Isabel Puerta Riera
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