Department of International Relations
152 Bay State Road
Boston, Massachusetts 02215
Visiting Researcher. (BA, Universidad Central de Venezuela; MA, Centro de Estudios del Desarrolla; PhD, Universidad Central de Venezuela).
Specialization: Governance; Latin American Political Reform and Decentralization; Authoritarianism; Latin American Studies
Carlos Blanco served as Minister for Reform of the State and President of the Presidential Commission for State Reform in Venezuela. Blanco is a Professor at the Universidad Central de Venezuela, Fellow of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University, and Visiting Scholar at Boston University, International Relations Department (since 2005). He has been a Research Scholar in the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University.
He has been a TV presenter and he founded and directed a weekly political magazine, Primicia. He has also composed weekly articles for newspapers and magazines. Blanco has been President and Secretary General of the Latin-American Center for Administrative Development (CLAD).
Blanco’s research and teaching focus on questions of political and institutional developments, with emphasis on Venezuela and Latin America. He works in particular on the impact of leftist regimes in that region.
His books include Revolución y Desilusión / La Venezuela de Hugo Chávez; La Reforma del Estado y la Comisión Presidencial para la Reforma del Estado; Venezuela, Del Siglo XX al Siglo XXI: Un Proyecto Para Construirla (editor). He has published articles in the Eksport Vooruzheniy Journal, Centre for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies, the Stockholm Review of Latin American Studies, the ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, the Encuentro de la Cultura Cubana (Spain), Quórum, Revista del Pensamiento Iberoamericano (Spain), and in the publications of the Presidential Commission for the Reform of the State (Venezuela). He authored a chapter titled “Del Partido Único al Partido Militar” in the book Hugo Chávez: Una Década en el Poder edited by Francesca Ramos Pistamaro, Carlos A. Romero and Hugo Ramírez Arcos of the University of El Rosario, Colombia. Blanco is also the autor of a chapter titled “El Sombrío Futuro de la Descentralización en Ideologías: ¿Máscaras del Poder?, Debatiendo el Socialismo del Siglo XXI” in the Report of the Venezuelan Section of the Club of Rome; a chapter titled “The Latin American Military Enigma” in the book The Construction of Democracy, by Jorge Dominguez and Anthony Jones; and a chapter titled “Venezuela y Sus Conflictos” in the book Política Pública y Democracia en América Latina, by Freddy Mariñez Navarro and Vidal Garza Cantú. Blanco is the author of an essay titled “Relaciones Cívico-Militares y el Papel de las Fuerzas Armadas en los países andinos y en Chile” published on the site of the Andean Democracy Research Network, Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions of The University of British Columbia.
Blanco has also worked on studies for the Interamerican Development Bank (La Governabilidad Democrática en la Región Andina / Democratic Governability in the Andean Region and Decentralization in Venezuela), for the Instituto Internacional de Governabilidad in Barcelona, Spain, (Evaluation Report on Economic, Political, and Social situation in Venezuela / Institutional Analysis on Venezuela), and for the United Nations Development Program (Evaluation of UNDP Governance Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean Area / Decentralization and Intermediate Levels). He has organized two conferences. The first, in 2008, was titled World Trends and Their Impact on Latin America, and the second, in 2009, was called Challenges and Crises of Our Time. Both conferences were sponsored by the IR Department and Venezuelan chambers of business.