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A man holds a framed image of the late President Hugo Chavez during a pro-government rally ahead of the two-year anniversary of his death, Caracas, Venezuela, Feb. 28, 2015 (AP photo by Fernando Llano).

Chavismo After Chavez: Venezuela in the Maduro Era

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Two years after the death of Hugo Chavez, Venezuela finds itself mired in crisis. A drop in energy prices has devastated an already weak economy, while a crackdown on civil society has stifled the political opposition. This report draws on articles covering Venezuela from the outset of President Nicolas Maduro’s tenure.

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Chavez’s Legacy

In Post-Chavez Venezuela, a Dystopian Drama Unfolds
By Frida Ghitis
Nov. 21, 2013

Strategic Posture Review: Venezuela
By David Smilde and Timothy Gill
Sept. 17, 2013

A Turning Point for Venezuela, a Perilous Test for Chavismo
By Frida Ghitis
April 18, 2013

Maduro’s Troubled Tenure

In Venezuela, Maduro’s Narrow Election Win Leaves Him Weakened
By Catherine Cheney
April 15, 2013

Maduro Flailing in Venezuela
By Frida Ghitis
June 6, 2013

With Air Force Arrests, Venezuela’s Maduro Puts Focus on Civil-Military Relations
Interview with Harold Trinkunas
April 10, 2014

In Venezuela, Party Divisions Are Maduro’s Greatest Challenge Yet
By Frida Ghitis
July 3, 2014

In Venezuela, Maduro Teetering on the Edge of Disaster
By Frida Ghitis
Nov. 6, 2014

Falling Oil Prices Push Venezuela, Maduro Closer to the Edge
By Paul Shortell
Oct. 22, 2014

Maduro Gets More Desperate Amid Venezuela’s Disarray
By Maria Savel
Feb. 24, 2015

Opposition and Repression

Venezuela’s Opposition in a Favorable Position Amid Political Instability
By Catherine Cheney
May 8, 2013

Venezuelan Opposition Tries New Strategy of Confrontation
By Frida Ghitis
Feb. 20, 2014

Venezuela’s Ideologically Diverse Opposition Faces Coordination Challenges
Interview with Michael McCarthy
May 27, 2014

Venezuela’s Other Crisis: A Justice System Dismantled From Within
By David Smilde
Feb. 10, 2015

Relations with the U.S. and the World

Venezuela a Test Case for U.S. to Navigate South America’s New Normal
By Michael McCarthy
April 24, 2014

Chilly U.S.-Venezuela Ties Persist as Maduro Perseveres in Municipal Vote
By Eric Auner
Dec. 10, 2013

Time for U.S. to Come Off the Sidelines on Venezuela Repression
By Christopher Sabatini
March 25, 2014

Without Clear Goals, Venezuela Sanctions Likely to Be Counterproductive
By Michael McCarthy
July 9, 2014

Venezuela Sanctions Undo Gains of U.S. Policy of Restraint
By Frida Ghitis
March 26, 2015

To Reduce Dependency on the U.S., Venezuela Cultivates China
By Timothy Gill
May 12, 2014

New Deals Shore Up China’s Stakes in Venezuela and Ecuador
By Paul Shortell
Jan. 13, 2015

Venezuela, Once an Ideological Magnet, Now Worries Region
By Frida Ghitis
March 27, 2014