April 24th, 2013 · The New School · New York

 Observatory on Latin America (OLA), The New School

Is ‘Oil-Socialism’ in Venezuela a Sustainable Alternative Development?

Public Lecture by:
Tom O’Donnell
PhD, Physics, nuclear, University of Michigan

 Introduced by:
Michael Cohen 
Director, Graduate Program in International Affairs (GPIA), The New School
Director, Observatory on Latin America (OLA) 

What is the legacy of Hugo Chavez? Will the new Venezuelan president, elected on April 14, be forced to enact major reforms, or will Hugo Chavez’s oil-centric model of development persist?

Hugo Chavez sustained his revolution with revenues from PDVSA, the Venezuelan national oil company to build “21st Century Socialism.” Chavez showcased the state and “misiones” delivering services, and yet opposition parties decried rising social and economic problems and record gasoline imports from the USA as evidence of PDVSA’s decline. What is next for Venezuela?

Tom O’Donnell’s work examines the political economy of a globalized energy sector, especially of petroleum, as a basis for understanding both U.S. geo-strategy and the trajectories of major oil-producing states. Dr. O’Donnell was a 2008 U.S. Fulbright Scholar to Venezuela, and continues his affiliation with the Centro de Estudios del Desarrollo at the Universidad Central de Venezuela (CENDES-UCV) in Caracas. Dr. O’Donnell teaches at the Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs, The New School.

Wednesday April 24th, 3:30-5:30 pm
66 West 12th Street
Room 510
The New School
New York, New York
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Please RSVP by April 23nd: ola@newschool.edu
This event is free and open to the public
Please arrive in time to ensure you get a seat

This program is supported by the JULIEN J. STUDLEY FOUNDATION 


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