March 20, 2011
Left Forum: Venezuela and the Chavez Government: Advances and Shortcomings
10:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.
Department of Sociology
CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016
Venezuela is going through a crucial period right now because it is emerging from a two-year recession and President Chavez and his allies have won only narrow electoral victories since the loss of a 2007 constitutional reform referendum. In addition, after 12 years in power there is a certain erosion of enthusiasm among rank and file Chavistas. Chavez is up for reelection in 2012, which will be one of his most critical contests yet. The speakers on this panel, which was part of the Left Forum conference, explored what is currently going on in Venezuela, in terms of the advances and the shortcomings of the Chavez government and they will thereby try to make sense of where Venezuela has been and where it is heading.
* Dario Azzellini—Johannes Kepler Universität, Austria
* Isabel Delgado—Ministry of Basic Industries and Mines, Venezuela
* Mark Weisbrot—Center for Economic and Policy Research
* Steve Ellner—Universidad del Oriente
* T.M. Scruggs - University of Iowa / Independent Scholar
A video of the event is available here or below.
Left Forum 2011 --Venezuela from Louis Proyect on Vimeo.