The Evolution of Revolution: Latin America and the Future of Chavismo

Vanessa Neumann

Associate of the University Seminar on Latin America, Columbia University -

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The Hugo Chávez-led Bolivarian Revolution may be down, but it is certainly not out. As Chávez faces his own elections in 2012, Dr. Vanessa Neumann will examine the changes that a decade of chavismo has brought to Latin America, the ways in which chavismo might be resurgent, and the implications for U.S. foreign policy in the region.

Vanessa Neumann is an Associate of the University Seminar on Latin America at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University. She received her Ph.D. in political philosophy from Columbia University for her dissertation: The Autonomy and Legitimacy of States: A Critical Approach to Foreign Intervention. A native Venezuelan, Dr. Neumann has worked as a journalist in Caracas, London and the United States. She is Editor-at-Large of Diplomat, a London-based magazine to the diplomatic community and a regular contributor to The Weekly Standard on Latin American politics. She has also written for The (London) Sunday Times, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph and Standpoint, been interviewed for The New York Times, the BBC, Al Jazeera English and Caracol radio, and spoken on Hugo Chávez’s Bolivarian Revolution at Columbia and Yale Universities. Dr. Neumann has also worked in corporate planning and corporate finance in Caracas and, in diplomacy, as Assistant to the Commercial Attaché and the Minister Counselor for Petroleum and Economic Affairs at the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, DC.

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