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WOLA is pleased to announce the launch of Venezuelan Politics and Human Rights: Independent, Reality-Based Analysis, a blog hosted by the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA). We intend the blog to serve as a unique resource for journalists, policymakers, scholars, activists, and others interested in understanding Venezuelan politics and human rights.

The contributors to the blog will provide insights on Venezuela’s politics that go beyond the polarized pro-Chávez/anti-Chávez debate. In the coming months there will be continuing coverage of Venezuela's upcoming elections as well as posts on citizen security, police reform, the fight against poverty, and media issues.

We hope the blog proves to be a useful resource for you. Visit the blog at

Topics of Recent Posts:

  • The implications of various foreseeable outcomes in the Venezuelan presidential elections.
  • Analysis of the latest campaign polls in Venezuela.
  • The principal issues, debates, and criticisms surrounding the National Electoral Council and Venezuela's 2012 presidential campaign.

About the Bloggers:

David Smilde, moderator of the blog, is a WOLA Senior Fellow and Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Georgia. He has lived in or worked on Venezuela since 1992. He is co-editor of Venezuela’s Bolivarian Democracy: Participation, Politics and Culture under Chávez (Duke 2011).

Hugo Perez Hernáiz is Associate Professor of Sociology at the Universidad Central de Venezuela.

Rebecca Hanson is a graduate student in sociology at the University of Georgia doing doctoral research on police reform and citizen participation in Venezuela.

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