Episode 5

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31st Dec 2020

A new chapter in Venezuela’s agony

On December 6, 2020, President Nicolás Maduro consolidated his grip on power after claiming victory in Venezuela’s parliamentary election — an election that was denounced by electoral observers and boycotted by opposition parties. The question now is who has political legitimacy? The Maduro regime or the opposition? 

In the last episode of season 2, Suta Kavari introduces our new host Sruthi Palaniappan as they take a look at the crisis in Venezuela. They speak with David Smolansky, one of the leaders of the Popular Will Party and the former mayor of El Hatillo in Caracas, Venezuela, to illuminate the political front of the crisis.

To uncover the everyday realities of Venezuelans and the impact the humanitarian emergency in Venezuela has had on neighboring countries, Suta and Sruthi are joined by two Oxford MPP students, Samuel Diaz from Venezuela and Manuel Azuero from Colombia.

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Oxford Policy Pod
A policy podcast from students at the Blavatnik School of Government
A bi-weekly policy podcast based out of the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford. The Oxford Policy Pod explores pressing policy issues around the globe and is produced by students reading for a Master of Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government.

The podcast explores contemporary policy challenges that policymakers face all over the world, and taps into the rich diversity of policy experience and insights of the student body and faculty.

The executive producer for season 3 is Lian Ryan-Hume. The show is hosted by Sruthi Palaniappan, edited by Allisha Azlan, produced by Jessica Krejcie, and researched by Manuel Azuero, Veniecia Laylor, Nandita Venkatesan, Paolo Tejano, Adam Flaherty, Mayra Gramani, Frédérique St-Jean, and Laura Caccia.

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