Americas in Flux: VENEZUELA

Americas in Flux | Venezuela Today: Challenges and Prospects
Venezuela is facing serious social, economic and political challenges that are having an acute impact on the quality of life of its population. The drop in the world price of oil, alongside questionable economic policies undertaken over the past few years, have added to the stress being placed on an already polarized political system. Current attempts at a political dialogue sponsored in part by UNASUR and The Vatican have so far failed to bring about concrete results. Professor Jennifer McCoy, Distinguished University Professor of Political Science at Georgia State University and Professor Daniel C. Hellinger, Professor of International Relations at Webster University are two of the most renowned scholars of Venezuela. They will offer their analysis of contemporary Venezuela and will engage the audience in a conversation about the challenges and prospects facing this important South American country.

Daniel Hellinger, PhD, is Professor of International Relations. After earning the PhD from Rutgers University and a short stint elsewhere, he joined the Webster University faculty in 1979. Dr. Hellinger is an expert of Latin America. His most recent books are Global Security Watch: Venezuela (Praeger 2012), Comparative Politics of Latin America: Democracy at Last? (Routledge, 2011), and Bolivarian Democracy in Venezuela: Participation, Politics and Culture (contributor, and co-editor with David Smilde, Duke University, 2011). Dr. Hellinger has been a Senior Research Scholar at St. Antony's College, Oxford, lectured at the Central University of Venezuela and the Shanghai Institute for Finance and Economics, and was a Fulbright scholar (twice) at the Universidad Católica in Valparaíso, Chile. He serves on the advisory board for the Center for Democracy in the Americas, a Washington-based NGO that promotes better understanding between the United States and Latin America. He writes a monthly news analysis, Caracas Connect, on Venezuela, distributed by the Center. Dr. Hellinger is an avid golfer and amateur musician, playing mandolin with two area bands.

Jennifer McCoy, PhD, is Distinguished University Professor of Political Science at Georgia State University. She served as Founding Director of the Global Studies Institute at GSU (2015-16), and Director of the Carter Center’s Americas Program 1998-2015, leading projects on democratic strengthening, mediation and dialogue, and hemispheric cooperation. A specialist on democratization and polarization, mediation and conflict prevention, election processes and election observation, and Latin American politics, Dr. McCoy has authored or edited six books and dozens of articles. Her latest book is International Mediation in Venezuela (with Francisco Diez, 2011). She teaches courses on comparative democratization, international norms, and Latin American politics.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Intercultural Center (ICC), #450 Georgetown University, 3700 O Street NW, Washington, DC

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