Feb. 4, 2015 - Julian Cardenas, an alumnus and adjunct professor at the University of Houston Law Center, recently spoke to the World Affairs Council of Houston about the "Geopolitics of Oil and the Current Economic Situation in Venezuela."
Cardenas presented insights on the strategy of petro-diplomacy implemented by the Venezuelan government in the last decade that allowed the South American country to build strong alliances with left-wing governments in the Latin-American region.
The presentation on Jan. 26 also included details of Venezuela's economic situation, underscoring the paradox of a country rich in natural resources that is struggling with inflation, foreign exchange controls, and scarcity of goods.
About 300 people filled the Performing Arts Center in the Woodlands for the event, part of "The Woodlands Series" organized by the World Affairs Council.
Cardenas earned an LL.M. with a certificate in Energy, Environment & Natural Resources Law from UHLC in 2011. He is a Venezuelan attorney and doctoral fellow at the Research Center on Investment and International Trade Law (CREDIMI) at the University of Bourgogne, Dijon, France. He holds a law degree and a B.A. from the Universidad Central de Venezuela and a Master of Laws in Arbitration from the Sorbonne University - Paris II Pantheon-Assas.