After a year of fighting cancer, Chavez is back on the scene of what could be his last electoral contest. The presidential elections on October 7th indicate a definitive crossroad for Venezuela. Chavez proposes to deepen socialism through communal state, while his rival, Capriles Radonski, proposes to keep and improve the social platform that Chavez created, but promoting a return to democratic institutions and a gradual integration to an open economy. The opposition perceives this contest as a final battle. However, the stakes are higher for Chavez because it risks a project that transcends national frontiers, and his leadership is showing clear signs of fatigue while facing an opposition that is better organized than in the past and Capriles Radonski's increasing closeness.
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Boris Muñoz, Associate at DRCLAS; Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School. In 2009, he was awarded the Nieman Fellowship by the Nieman Foundation for the Advancement of Journalism.
Moderated by Steve Levitsky, Harvard University.
Free and open to the public. A light lunch will be served