She believes post-Chavez Latin American relations and domestic politics will be "unsettled." She says Venezuela "should remain committed to assisting the Colombian peace process."
She claims it's the region's most constructive. US military bases infest the country. They menace Venezuela and other regional countries. America is committed to war, not peace. Colombia is a close ally.
She wants relations with Cuba treated "delicately." She believes future ones are on "shakier ground." Nothing suggests it.
Venezuela has one of the region's strongest economies. Its economic growth way surpasses America and other Western countries. She calls Venezuelan economic conditions "tanking."
Imagine what she teaches students. They're best advised to avoid her.
Michael Shifter heads the Inter-American Dialogue. He teaches politics at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. Earlier he worked for the National Endowment for Democracy (NED). It's mandated to destroy it where it emerges. Shifter was also a former Ford Foundation staffer.
He's notoriously hostile to Chavez. He titled his article "Change Must Come Gradually." He deplores Bolivarianism and wants it replaced.
He turns Venezuelan reality on its head. He calls "reform" and "improved governance" "essential."