Venezuela is dealing with the world’s highest inflation, severe food shortages, high crime, and political repression. Venezuela is also home to the world’s largest oil reserves. So what explains the political and economic turmoil?
Mike Gonzalez, author of Hugo Chavez, argues that as President Nicolas Maduro’s anti-democratic government battles violent right-wing forces, ordinary Venezuelans are watching the gains of Chavismo slip away.
Alejandro Velasco, associate professor of Latin American History at New York University, and author of Barrio Rising: Urban Popular Politics and the Making of Modern Venezuela
Mike Gonzalez, retired professor of Latin American Studies at the University of Glasgow, UK, and author of Hugo Chavez: Socialist for the 21st Century
Ana Vanessa Herrero, reporter for the New York Times based in Caracas Venezuela
University of Chicago Press: Hugo Chavez: Socialist for the 21st Century
Jacobin: Being Honest about Venezuela
The Dig Podcast: Alejandro Velasco: Explaining Venezuela's crisis
Al Jazeera: Venezuela's crisis explained from the beginning