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The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) at the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C., in partnership with the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis (IFPA), hosted a discussion on "Challenges to Democracy in Latin America:  The Case of Venezuela" in December.

Moderated by Hudson senior fellow and CLAS director Jaime Daremblum, the discussion included Manual Rosales, Gerver Torres, and Gustavo Coronel.

Rosales was elected mayor of Maracaibo, Venezuela, for a four-year term in 2008, but persecution by Hugo Chávez's government forced him into exile in Peru last April.  He ran against Chávez in the 2006 presidential election.

Torres is an economist currently working for the Gallup polling organization, for which he is developing a new product, The World Poll.  He also directs Leadership and Vision, a Venezuelan non-governmental organization.  He has served as a director of the International Monetary Fund and Minister of Privatization in Venezuela, and he has been a consultant for The World Bank and other multilateral institutions. 

Coronel is a Venezuelan social activist, petroleum geologist, and political scientist.  He writes and lectures in the U.S. and Latin America about Venezuelan oil, politics, and dictators.

Video and audio clips of the discussion are available online.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supports Hudson's CLAS and IFPA.
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