Johanna Mendelson Forman

Johanna Mendelson Forman is a senior associate in the Americas Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, D.C., and a scholar-in-residence at American University’s School of International Service.

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Chávez Rising

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The last official photo of Hugo Chávez shows him surrounded by his two daughters, Maria Gabriela and Rosa Virginia. It’s a tableau of Renaissance proportions (and probably Photoshopped) that reminds followers of a saintly leader ready to be resurrected, his daughters already mourning the loss of their earthly father but preparing him to be transported to his next life. Whether Chávez can be resurrected through the election of his self-appointed heir, Vice President Nicolás Maduro, remains the next test for the cult of Chavismo that arose around this former paratrooper and failed putchist.