David Smilde

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 - 00:00
The international community needs to give Maduro some time and space to define himself as leader and successor
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - 00:00
This new model of citizen security -- with its focus on prevention, citizen participation, and non-militarized policing -- has a long way to go before it is accepted as the dominant approach to reducing crime and violence in the country.
Monday, February 4, 2013 - 00:00
The 2008 law created the National Police and was the first in Venezuelan history to provide uniform nationwide norms, rules, and regulations for police functions, services, control mechanisms, and supervision
Monday, January 28, 2013 - 00:00
On Friday January 25 an attempt by the National Guard to occupy and search the Uribana prison in Lara state resulted in 55 deaths (including one National Guardsman and two visiting evangelical pastors) and 88 injured
Friday, January 25, 2013 - 00:00
Ideological divisions definitely exist. But Latin America's new found unity is based on economic and political pragmatism, and a long-term desire for greater independence from the US
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 00:00
The four spots (watch them here) present the full text of article 231 of the Constitution together with images of Nicolas Maduro, Cilia Flores and Chavez arguing that the Constitution should be respected at all costs
Friday, January 11, 2013 - 00:00
With the AN's extension of the permission, and the TSJ's support, Chavez could conceivably be on life-support for weeks or months, but still hold the office of president whether or not that would have been his wish.
Wednesday, January 9, 2013 - 00:00
For the average Venezuelan, the opposition's taking the issue of Chavez's swearing in to international institutions makes them look like they are trying to take advantage of the situation
Monday, December 17, 2012 - 00:00
The elections show that Chavez’s charisma can indeed carry-over to other politicians in his coalition, at least in the short term
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 - 00:00
If the U.S. government wishes to pursue legitimate national interests, it needs to repair relations with the region, and a more functional relationship with Venezuela would be a cornerstone.