With Chávez Absent, Venezuela Now Governed by Two Leaders, Says Amherst Poli Sci Prof

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January 22, 2013

Presidential Inauguration Day: For citizens of the U.S. and most other democracies, the event signifies either a peaceful transfer of power to another administration or the opportunity for a re-elected president to make cabinet changes. But in Venezuela, this year’s presidential inauguration day, Jan. 10, was mired in controversy.

The Guardian: Chávez holds on to leadership reins as he flies to Cuba for treatment

Political science professor Javier Corrales spoke with the UK newspaper about Venezuela President Hugo Chavez’s recent cancer diagnosis and treatment. “Chávez could do miracles, including raising the appeal of even mediocre personalities.  But, thus far, he continues to prefer being president than campaign chief for someone else,” he was quoted as saying.

Huffington Post: Chaos in Caracas

“This could very well be a turning point in the direction of authoritarianism,” political science professor Javier Corrales was quoted as saying in this column about recent attempts by Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez to squelch opposition in the country. “At this point, Venezuela could become much more militarized and its political system more autocratic.”

Amherst College Political Science Professor Javier Corrales Advises Congress on Venezuela Policy

October 24, 2008               

AMHERST, Mass.—It is critical that the United States develop a counter-strategy to the “social power” diplomacy deployed by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and his government, but a hard-line response—such as military or economic aggression—is most certainly not the answer to Chavez’s rhetoric, Amherst College’s Javier Corrales, professor of political science, told a House Committee on Foreign Affairs subcommittee recently.

Latin Business Chronicle: Chavez' Decrees: What Now?

Javier Corrales, associate professor of political science, shared his views on how 26 new decrees issued by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez will impact the country in a piece in Latin Business Chronicle.

USA Today: Chavez's power play has echoes of Castro

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USA Today consulted Javier Corrales, associate professor of political science, for a Nov. 29 article on Venezualan President Hugo Chavez.