Oct 31

The Chavez Doctrine: 'Social Power' as a Foreign Policy Tool, a lecture by Javier Corrales

Chávez's pocket-book diplomacy has created a new type of foreign policy "threat" that is not easy to address with either hard or soft power. Oil diplomacy has allowed Chávez to construct an impressive--if not impermeable--public relations shield. Venezuela uses this largesse to effectively coopt important political constituencies around the world and mitigate criticism. Chávez is unique among petro states in how far he is going in exporting corruption and calling it social development. Easy to dismiss as little more than an extension of Chavez's bluster, Venezuela's foreign spending spree is having some serious consequences. The speaker, Javier Corrales, is associate professor of Political Science at Amherst College.

Friday, October 31st, 2008
4:30 – 7:00 pm / Gould Library Athenaeum

Sponsored by Latin American Studies and the Library. Contact: Mary Tatge, x4252