Madison Committee
on Foreign Relations

The Evolving Crisis in Venezuela

  • Tuesday, March 15, 2016
  • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  • The Madison Club, 5 E Wilson St, Madison, WI

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Dr. Margarita Lopez Maya

Co-Sponsored by the
UW Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program (LACIS)


Venezuela has been undergoing dramatic political changes in recent years under the presidencies of Hugo Chavez and Nicolas Maduro. A Parliamentary election in December 2015 resulted in opposition parties winning a major victory.

Dr. Lopez Maya will put the changes in Venezuela in perspective, describing the current and evolving crisis in that country. She will explain the structural roots of the Venezuelan crisis and illustrate its impact. Her talk will consider the significance of the December elections, which opened the possibility of important political and economic changes. She will discuss the likely impact of the parliamentary changes resulting from the election.

Dr. Margarita Lopez Maya is Professor at the Center for Development Studies (CENDES) at the Central University of Venezuela, and a fellow at the Wilson Center. She has been a researcher and lecturer of Contemporary Political History of Venezuela for more than twenty five years. She has studied political and social participation in different historical periods of Venezuela's democracy. In that context she has investigated parties and popular protest in 20th century Venezuela, especially during the final years of that century when Venezuelan society entered in a deep political crisis and the once strong party system declined.


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