Author: Luca Loggia

Luca is a a third-year Honours student in political science with a minor in psychology. Enjoying both Canadian and Italian citizenship, he was born in beautiful Victoria, British-Columbia, and raised in the cosmopolitan treasure that Montreal embodies. His fields of interest are Canadian foreign policy and Latin American politics, with a particular focus on the Venezuelan polity.

Venezuelan Petrol: Black Gold or the Devil’s Excrement ?

“Ten years from now, 20 years from now, you will see [that] oil will bring us ruin.” When former Venezuelan diplomat, Juan Pablo Perez Alfonzo, spoke those words in the 1970s, his statement was predictably greeted with puzzlement, at a…

Argentina’s Mauricio Macri and Austerity: The Calm Before the Storm

When Mauricio Macri came to power last November, narrowly defeating Daniel Scioli in the second round of the presidential election, his triumph caused shockwaves across Latin America. The victory of Buenos Aires’ former mayor was heralded as the prelude to…

Bolivarian Gatekeepers: the Road to Military Praetorianism

Hugo Chávez was able to galvanize support and loyalty among the peasants during his tenure as president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela through the implementation of what he referred to as “twenty-first century socialism.” Quiescence was maintained via generous…