Special Report: Chavez’s Legacy in Venezuela and Beyond

Whoever succeeds Hugo Chavez as Venezuela’s president will inherit a country deeply marked by the late leader’s populist politics. At home, Chavez leaves behind a powerful political movement but many weakened government institutions. Regionally, the durability of the alliances he built on a foundation of cheap energy is uncertain. Meanwhile, the U.S. should seek opportunities to reframe its Venezuela policy for the post-Chavez era.

Domestic Legacy

After Chávez, Future of Venezuelan Democracy Unclear
By Catherine Cheney
March 6, 2013

Despite Political Uncertainty, Venezuela Remains Stable — for Now
By David Smilde and Dimitris Pantoulas
March 5, 2013

Latin America’s Leftists Audition to Succeed Chávez
By Frida Ghitis
February 21, 2013

Despite Uncertainty, Venezuela’s Political Scenarios Not All Bleak
By Jennifer McCoy and Michael McCarthy
December 20, 2012

Chavistas Prepare for a Post-Chávez Venezuela
By Frida Ghitis
December 20, 2012

Sudden Possibility of a Chávez Exit Underlines Venezuela’s Institutional Weakness
By Catherine Cheney
December 11, 2012

Capriles, Opposition Seek to Solidify Gains in Venezuela
By Andrew Rosati
November 14, 2012

In Venezuela, a Victory for Chavez, But Not Chavismo
By Catherine Cheney
October 9, 2012

As Chávez Feels the Heat, Venezuela Braces for a Climactic Election
By Jan-Albert Hootsen
October 5, 2012

Foreign Policy

Will Venezuela-Iran Links Survive Chávez?
By Frida Ghitis
January 10, 2013

Petrocaribe Faces an Uncertain Future After Chávez
By Alexis Arthur
April 5, 2013

Chávez’s Absence Casts Shadow Over Colombia Peace Talks
By Andrew Rosati
March 5, 2013

Venezuela’s Mercosur Admission a Net Plus for Region
By Catherine Cheney
August 3, 2012

EU-Venezuela Ties Distant but Cordial
Interview with Susanne Gratius
April 25, 2012

Cuba-Venezuela Ties Resilient, For Now
Interview with H. Michael Erisman
March 26, 2012

Chávez’s Declining Influence in Latin America
By Javier Corrales
October 11, 2011

Russia-Venezuela Ties Driven by Energy, not Arms
By Richard Weitz
April 6, 2010

Colombia, Venezuela Solidify Improved Ties
By Anastasia Moloney
November 5, 2010

The Road Ahead for Colombia-Venezuela Relations
By Eliot Brockner
March 11, 2010

U.S. Relations

Washington’s Venezuela Dilemma
By Nikolas Gvosdev
March 8, 2013

Chávez or Not, It’s Time to Rethink the U.S.-Venezuela Relationship
By Dane Bryant
September 28, 2012

To Reset Latin America Policy, U.S. Must Think Big
By Nikolas Gvosdev
April 20, 2012

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