Leonardo Vivas

Leonardo Vivas teaches international politics at Emerson College and is a consultant for Freedom House. He is a former professor and coordinator of the Latin American Initiative at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. Vivas is a sociologist who studied at Central University in Venezuela, and he went on to get an M.Phil from University of Sussex, UK, and a PhD from Nanterre Université in Paris.

Why Maximum Pressure on Venezuela Is the Only Way Out

Apr 22, 2020

Venezuela’s dictatorship has proved to be highly resilient. It mutated from a lively democracy in the second half of the 20th century to a hybrid regime where unfree and unfair elections were held and repression reigned, giving way to the current dictatorial domination. In the process, it also destroyed the...

What Is Driving the Protests in Latin America?

Nov 13, 2019

The first thing to bear in mind when looking at the recent violent demonstrations that have occurred in Latin American countries like Chile, Ecuador, Haiti and Bolivia is to resist the spell of common myths about the region. Latin America is a vast territory composed of 20 countries, from Mexico...

Is the Time Up for Nicolás Maduro?

Feb 06, 2019

After a few years preaching in the wilderness, Venezuela’s democratic forces found a new energy with Juan Guaidó. Until January this year, Nicolás Maduro, Venezuela’s strongman, seemed to have overcome all the obstacles in his battle for political survival. Appointed by Hugo Chávez — the founder of 21st-century socialism in Latin...

Nicolás Maduro: The New Tropical Czar Has No Clothes

May 25, 2018

Maduro may still be in office, but nothing in the Venezuelan landscape looks rosy for the government. On May 20, Nicolás Maduro was re-elected president of Venezuela after an election almost everyone within and outside the country dubbed not free and fair. He presided over a process where most main...

Latin America Without Chavez?

Aug 11, 2011

An exploration of the rise and fall of Chavez’s left-wing populism, not only in Venezuela but in the wider Latin America region.

Honduras: Back to the Future

Jul 17, 2011

On June 1st 2011 the Organization of American States (OAS) - the most important regional institution which with the exception of Cuba gathers all countries of the Americas – revoked the suspension of Honduras’ membership.  The exclusion had taken place only two years earlier, after President Mel Zelaya was ousted...