Venezuela: The Collapse of Bolivarian Socialism?

This Foro Urgente will examine the acute crisis in Venezuela, a country suffering from skyrocketing inflation, severe shortages of basic products, systematic electoral manipulation, and political repression.

What are the main causes of these problems? In particular, what role has been played by governmental decisions and what role by external shocks, especially the drop in global oil prices? What has been the impact of U.S. sanctions? Can negotiations between the government and the opposition finally make headway? Can international mediation help forge a compromise? Or is Venezuela headed toward a complete economic collapse and, perhaps, a political explosion? Forum panelists will address these questions and discuss the prospects for a resolution of Venezuela's problems.

Panelists include Thais Maingon, 2018 Fulbright visiting scholar/researcher, UT Austin, and Centro de Estudios del Desarrollo de la Universidad Central de Venezuela; Kirk Hawkins, associate professor of political science, Brigham Young University; and Kurt Weyland, Mike Hogg Professor in Liberal Arts, Department of Government, UT Austin. 

Free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Paloma Diaz

Tuesday, January 23 at 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Benson Latin American Collection, 2nd floor conference room
2300 Red River Street, Austin, TX 78712-1469

Event Type

Policy & Law, Diversity & Social Justice


College of Liberal Arts

Target Audience

Students, General Public



Free and open to the public

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