Houston, we have a Panel!


The World Affairs Council of Houston is hosting a panel discussion on Venezuela’s upcoming December 6 legislative elections, the current state of affairs and what 2016 has to offer. Experts will go over political and economic scenarios and what Venezuelans could expect next year.

Join us for a live webcast NOW.

Panelists include:

Our very own Contributing Editor, Juan Cristóbal Nagel.

Javier Corrales: Professor of political science at Amherst College.

Francisco Monaldi: Fellow in Latin American energy policy at the Baker Institute and adjunct professor of political economy of oil at Rice University.

Julián Cárdenas García: Adjunct professor of Translational Petroleum Law in Latin America at the University of Houston Law Center (moderator).


We’ll be live tweeting using the hashtag #6DChron.

Write your questions to the panelists in the comments section below, making sure to include your Twitter handle. Some of them will make it to the event.

We’ll be sure to post the full video after the live stream, so check back here for the ongoing conversation.

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  1. Professor Corrales: In 2009, in the Huffington Post, you wrote: “Unless [the Inter-American community] develops a more sophisticated mechanism for Latin American democracies to help themselves… the region will also fail to deal with the other ghosts of its authoritarian past.” Do you believe that the OAS and UNASUR are resolved to intervene in Venezuela post-6D on the side of democracy and the rule of law? Or do you believe that UNASUR is not planning to play a useful role and the OAS simply won’t be permitted to support the rule of law and democracy in Venezuela? Will UNASUR offer good offices or simply revert to form and regurgitate its abysmal electoral accompaniments of 2012 and 2013 for 6D? Will the OAS play a more prominent and useful role?

  2. Professor Cardenas Garcia: There are innumerable Venezuelan cases listed as pending against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela on the ICSID docket. Might there be any changes in how Venezuela instructs its counsel on these arbitrations should the Opposition win a 2/3 majority on 6D? What benefits to Venezuela to maintain its current “positioning” re ICSID? What problems and prospects exist legally, financially and politically should Venezuela seek to rejoin ICSID and finalize negotiated settlements with aggrieved parties at ICSID in a practical, principled and expeditious manner?

    • Correction: not politics as usual. But over-intellectualizations as usual (new word) . Sadly, they will fly way over the heads of 99.95 % of whatever’s left in Venezuela, poorly educated and highly corruptible folks. Heck, tune in!

      • You are tiresome, man. The only thing you co e up with for is to insult a whole bunch of people and to say how uneducated they are. Eres un acomplejado.
        Others have told you the same. Why do you keep coming? Piss off with the references to the histories behind blogger nicknames, they are nicknames. Stop behaving like a spoiled brat. Others have told you the same.

        • Classic Klepler ad hominem. Now exactly what have you added to this specific post? If you don’t like my posts, skip them. I normally opine on the particular issue at hand. In this case, like millions of observers, I happen to believe that unfortunately, these high-level intellectual conversations will sadly fly right over the top of 95% of Venezuela’s average pueblo. If you disagree, say so without mentioning a blogger’s name, Moron.

  3. Professor Monaldi: You have suggested that “inflation could top 100%” and “many Venezuelans who came out of poverty during the boom will fall back into it, with serious consequences for political stability.” What should a victorious Opposition Coalition plan to do (e.g. guaranteed annual income initiated in tandem with near world market prices for gas, etc.) to ensure as much political stability as possible? Will the opposition have an opportunity to introduce evidenced-based market principles fiscal policy or will it have to spend its entire time simply surviving absurd TSJ interventions, violence-tinged demagoguery and, well, attempts at mob rule in the name of Chavez?

  4. All panelists: Trade-offs between providing negotiated “golden bridges” to criminal bureaucrats and politicians from the chavista-madurista regime in exchange fro faciltiated transitions vs. the exemplary value of high profile prosecutions and indictments for said criminal activities. Thoughts?

  5. Where’s the link to the panel? I pressed on the link that you guys posted and all I get is the Houston Center’s website, with a description of the event, but no link to the livestream…


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