Democracy's Collapse in an Oil State: Unpacking Venezuela's Humanitarian Crisis with Michael McCarthy

Democracy's Collapse in an Oil State: Unpacking Venezuela's Humanitarian Crisis with Michael McCarthy


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In a global moment marked by a crisis of democracy, what can the case of Venezuela’s transition toward authoritarian rule teach us? To answer this question, this presentation will walk audience members through the country's recent history and situate the current crisis in national and international contexts. After an assessment of the roots of the crisis, we will examine the different dimensions of the turmoil that has transformed the landscape in the country and sent shockwaves throughout South America and the Caribbean.

We will learn about the costliness of reliance on populist leader's strongman politics, the risks of the state pursuing oil-led economic development, the particularities of Chávez's brand of Bolivarian socialism, Maduro's authoritarianism, the limits of a model of democracy that sacrifices rights in the name of order, and the suffering of the people who have born the brunt of the decades-long crisis. From this description of Venezuela's tragic path, lessons will be drawn for making sense of our global conversation about democracy and economic development.

Led by an expert on international affairs and Venezuela, Michael McCarthy, this interactive seminar will explore the ongoing crisis in Venezuela. Designed to inform curiosity, participants will come away with an increased understanding of the geopolitical impacts of populism and authoritarian rule in South America.

Michael M. McCarthy is a U.S. scholar-practitioner with two decades of experience working in Washington and Caracas. He is CEO of Caracas Wire LLC, a strategic advisory firm that delivers impartial, balanced, and comprehensive analysis of the crisis in Venezuela and its impacts on national security and global financial markets. He is an Adjunct Professor at George Washington University’s Elliot School for International. Affairs, and a Research Fellow at American University’s Center for Latin American and Latino Studies. He holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in political science from Johns Hopkins University and a. B.A. (cum laude) in history and political science from Bates College. He is currently based in Washington, D.C.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Basic overview of transition from wealthy democracy to impoverished corrupt dictatorship. Had hoped for a more in-depth conversation.

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Relatively disappointing. I thought the presentation was rather superficial for someone who is a professor & an “expert” on Venezuela. Disappointed that there was almost no discussion of the social impact of various events.

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Basic Content

Basic overview of transition from wealthy democracy to impoverished corrupt dictatorship. Had hoped for a more in-depth conversation.

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Venezuelan Democracy Collapse

Relatively disappointing. I thought the presentation was rather superficial for someone who is a professor & an “expert” on Venezuela. Disappointed that there was almost no discussion of the social impact of various events.