An era has ended. For 14 years, Hugo Chávez had a firm grip on power in his country. He was a champion of Venezuela's poor and oppressed as well as a figurehead for leftist movements throughout Latin America. But his opponents accused him of having become increasingly autocratic and are now hoping for the end of the country's socialist revolution.
Cushioned by his country's huge oil revenues, Chávez pumped billions into social projects, and won the adoration of the poor. According to World Bank figures, Venezuela's gross national product rose by over 6 percent under his leadership.
On the global stage, Chávez strove to bring Latin American countries into a stronger coalition. His close ties with Iran and other opponents of the United States served to cement his image as a polarizing political figure.
Hugo Chávez died on Tuesday at the age of 58 in Caracas after battling cancer for nearly two years.
How will Venezuela develop in the post-Chávez era? Will there be unrest? What will his legacy be? Does the death of Chávez also mean the end of his socialist revolution?
Tell us what you think: Venezuela after Chávez - Can Revolution Go On?
Christian Rieck – he is a Senior Analyst in the Peace and Security Section at the Global Governance Institute, with a focus on Emerging Powers and Latin America. He works on regional integration mechanisms and regional power dynamics in Latin America and beyond. He lectures in contemporary history and international relations. Before, he held positions at the German Institute for Global and Area Studies GIGA in Hamburg and at the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung in Berlin, and was a Carlo Schmid Fellow to the United Nations’ Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean CEPAL in Mexico City. Mr Rieck studied at the Universities of Bayreuth and Seville, and at Humboldt-University Berlin. He holds a master’s degree in Latin American Studies from the University of Oxford.
Ana Soliz Landivar - Is a Bolivian scholar and doctoral candidate at the Latin America department of the German Institute for Global and Area Studies in Hamburg. After taking a degree in International Studies at the University of Santiago de Chile, she went on to acquire post-graduate degree in ?Regional Integration? at the University of Barcelona and the University of Chile. She also holds a BA in Political Science from the University Gabriela Mistral in Chile, and a BA in Law from the Private University of Santa Cruz in Bolivia. The main focus of her research is regional powers in South America as well as regional integration models, like MERCOSUR. She is also an expert on strategic partnerships between South American States and China.
Michael Levitin – studied history at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and received a Masters from Columbia Journalism School. He has worked as a journalist in Bolivia, Puerto Rico, Barcelona and Prague, as well as his native San Francisco and New York. Since 2005 he has been based in the German capital working as a cultural, political and travel correspondent for magazines and newspapers including Newsweek, Los Angeles Times, Daily Telegraph and others.