Venezuela’s Pivotal Moment: Economic and Political Scenarios

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Alejandro Arreaza
Economist for Latin America
Barclays Capital

Based in New York, Arreaza is responsible for the firm’s macroeconomic coverage of the Andean Economies. He joined Barclays in 2010 after working for several years in the financial markets in Venezuela. From 2004 to 2010, Arreaza was an economist at Bancaribe, the sixth largest bank in Venezuela, which is associated with Scotiabank. Prior to this, he worked in economics research for Santander Group Banco de Venezuela. Arreaza received a Master’s in Public Administration degree from Columbia University with a concentration in Economic Policy. He also holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the Universidad Católica Andres Bello in Venezuela, where he also received his B.A. in Economics.
Dr. Michael McCarthy
Research Fellow
American University


Dr. McCarthy is a Research Fellow at the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies (CLALS) at American University in Washington, DC. Dr. McCarthy also serves as a consultant with the Latin America program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, international partner with the polling group ‘El Venebarometro,’ and founder of the monthly report, Caracas Wire- a radar of the country’s political risk. His reports on Venezuela have been published in the Washington Post, World Policy Institute, World Politics Review, the National Interest, Los Angeles Times, among others, and he has spoken at the Council on Foreign Relations, the Inter-American Dialogue, the Atlantic Council and the Washington Office on Latin America. Dr. McCarthy has also consulted as a Senior Analyst for the Carter Center’s Venezuela Presidential Election Study Missions in 2012 and 2013.
Dr. McCarthy received his PhD and M.A. in political science from Johns Hopkins University, and his B.A. in history and political science from Bates College.

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