Session 2

Monday October 1, 2012
12:00-1:30 pm
Carr Center Conference Room

2012 Latin America Study Group: 
"Contemporary Human Rights Issues in LATAM"

Carlos Blanco presents:
"The Implications of the Venezuelan Elections for Democratic Rule in Latin America"

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Follow-Up Materials:

  • Presentation PowerPoint Slides
  • Document: "Compilation of surveys El Mundo, Caracas, Venezuela"
  • Complete video coverage of this event
  • Post-Event Summary:

    In this session Carlos Blanco discussed the pre-electoral panorama in Venezuela less that one week from the elections. Prof. Blanco highlighted the uncertainty of the electoral results, fueled by unreliable polls and worries about president Chavez's health. In Blanco's opinion, what is most taxing is the certainty by both government and opposition supporters that their candidate will win. This will be troublesome in the case of a narrow victory because the losing side will believe fraud took place. Blanco believes the actions by President Hugo Chavez and the opposition leader, Capriles Radonsky will define the actions of their supporters in the aftermath of the elections. Therefore he hopes both leaders will keep peace as a central part of their message independently of the results.


Carlos Blanco served as Minister for Reform of the State and President of the Presidential Commission for State Reform in Venezuela. Blanco is a Professor at the Universidad Central de Venezuela, Fellow of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University, and Visiting Scholar at Boston University, International Relations Department (since 2005). He has been a Research Scholar in the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University.

He has been a TV presenter and he founded and directed a weekly political magazine, Primicia. He has also composed weekly articles for newspapers and magazines. Blanco has been President and Secretary General of the Latin-American Center for Administrative Development (CLAD). 

Blanco’s research and teaching focus on questions of political and institutional developments, with emphasis on Venezuela and Latin America. He works in particular on the impact of leftist regimes in that region. 

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