Friday 5 April, 08:30 - 10:30

A light breakfast is served from 08:15

Litteraturhuset (room: Nedjma) Wergelandsvn. 29, Oslo


Registration here (free entrance)

The passing away of President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela has raised questions about the stability of the country and the implications of his departure from the international scene for the region. While the outcome of the presidential elections of April 14th will be decisive for the future of Venezuela, there will be major changes ahead irrespective of who wins. Among major question raised are: what will the succession mean for the management of the country’s petroleum resources? What will the impact of Chávez’s death be on the small left-leaning countries in the region that have benefited from Venezuela’s support? How will regional co-operation be affected? Will there be implications for Venezuela’s role in the ongoing Colombian peace negotiations in which Norway is participating? These and other questions will be discussed in this second breakfast meeting in the Latin American Tendencies series.



Director of the Department of Political Science and International Studies at Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Tokatlian will speak on ""The Regional Dynamics and Post-Chávez Venezuela"

Juan Gabriel Tokatlian is an Argentine sociologist, with an MA and a PhD in International Relations from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washingon, DC. Currently (since April 2012) Director of the Department of Political Science and International Studies at Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he has been teaching and researching since 2009, he was formerly Professor at Universidad de San Andrés, Argentina, from 1999 to 2008. Between 1981 and 1998 he lived, taught and researched in Colombia, where he was Associate Professor (1995–1998) at Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Bogotá, and co-founder (1982) and Director (1987–1994) of the Centro de Estudios Internacionales (CEI) at Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá. He has published various books, essays and op-ed articles on the foreign policies of Argentina and Colombia, on U.S.–Latin American relations, on contemporary global politics, and on drug trafficking, organised crime and violence in the Americas.

Recent analysis by Tokatlian for NOREF: Aiding Venezuela’s transition

Professor of Political Science at Webster University in St. Louis, USA.

Hellinger will speak on: "The Oil Question in Post-Chávez Venezuela"



Daniel Hellinger is Professor of Political Science at Webster University (St. Louis, Missouri, USA) and holds the Ph.D. from Rutgers University. His most recent books are:

Global Security Watch: Venezuela (Praeger 2012)

Comparative Politics of Latin America: Democracy at Last? (Routledge, 2011)

"Venezuelan Politics in the Chavez Era" (edited with Steve Ellner, LynneRienner, 2003)

Hellinger has published numerous scholarly articles on Latin American politics. He is a participating editor for Latin American Perspectives, (July 2011) and a frequent contributor to The InterAmerican Dialogue’s Latin American Advisor. Hellinger has been a Senior Research scholar at St. Antony's College, Oxford, lectured at the Central University of Venezuela, Shanghai Institute for Finance and Economics, and was a Fulbright scholar (twice) at the Universidad Católica in Valparaíso, Chile. He is past president of the Venezuela Studies Section of the Latin American Studies Association and the Midwest Latin American Studies Association.  He serves on the advisory board for the Center for Democracy in the Americas, a Washington-based NGO that promotes better understanding between the United States and Latin America. He writes monthly a news analysis, Caracas Connect, on Venezuela, distributed by the Center.  Dan is an avid golfer and amateur musician, playing mandolin with two area bands



Latin American Tendencies - A Forum for Dialogue is a series of quarterly breakfast seminars on main political, economic and security trends of importance for Norwegian engagement with Latin America, organised by NorLARNet with the support of NOREF.



Published Mar. 11, 2013 2:28 PM - Last modified Apr. 3, 2013 8:58 AM