On Thursday July 7, IWP hosted an event entitled “Chavismo: The Cost of Sustaining the Venezuelan Political Economy.” The lecture covered the current economic and political atmosphere in Venezuela, and traced the steady decline of Venezuela that began with the election of socialist president Hugo Chavez. President Chavez passed away in 2013, and the situation in Venezuela has only deteriorated under his successor, Nicolas Maduro. The panel attempted to explain the policy implications that Venezuela’s collapse has for both the region and the United States.
Panelists at the event included Dr. Erick Langer, a professor of Latin American history at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, and Ana Quintana, a Cuban-American Latin America and Western Hemisphere policy analyst at the Heritage Foundation’s Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies.
The event was moderated by IWP’s own Dr. Paul Coyer. Dr. Coyer covers foreign policy, with a focus on Eurasia, for Forbes, and is a Contributing Editor for Providence: A Journal of Christianity and American Foreign Policy, published by the Institute for Religion and Democracy.