Edgar C. Otálvora

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This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Contreras and the second or maternal family name is Otálvora.

Edgar C. Otálvora[1] (born Edgar Omar Contreras Otálvora; September 6, 1959 Tovar, Mérida (state), Venezuela) is a Venezuelan intellectual, journalist, and politician who has held government and diplomatic positions. He is an expert in international politics and economics, and has distinguished himself as an analyst of Latin American topics, with a focus on military, diplomatic, and political issues. He has been a columnist in Venezuelan newspapers, in addition to directing the newspaper El Nuevo Pais[2] in Caracas from 2006 to 2010. He is a professor at the Central University of Venezuela. He has been a close collaborator of former Venezuelan president Ramón J. Velásquez. He has cultivated the biographical genre, being the first to write biographies of the 19th century Venezuelan presidents Raimundo Andueza Palacio[3][4] and Juan Pablo Rojas Paul,[5][6] as well as the Colombian president Virgilio Barco Vargas.[7]

Public career[edit]

He obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of the Andes, Venezuela in 1982 and in 2003 was awarded a Master’s degree in History of the Americas. He has taught at the School of International Studies and the graduate History of the Americas program at the Central University of Venezuela.

Edgar C. Otálvora.2009

In 1989, he was named Executive Secretary of the Presidential Committee for Colombian-Venezuelan Border Issues (COPAF).[8] In 1993 he began the role of General Director of the Ministry of the Secretariat of the Presidency, alongside Ramón J. Velásquez, who would be declared president by the National Congress after a case was opened against then-president Carlos Andrés Pérez. From 1994 to 1999 he was Chief of the Political Departments of the Venezuelan embassies in Bogotá and Brasilia, as well as Consul General in Belém do Pará, Brazil.[9] He has been a consultant and advisor for Hewlett-Packard NCA Latin America, and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation.

Journalism career[edit]

His journalism career began in 1980 as a columnist for the Diario Frontera in Mérida. He was part of the writing team of the Revista AZUL of the University of the Andes . His opinion columns were first published in 1982 in the newspaper El Nacional in Caracas and, soon after, in the newspaper El Universal as a critic in the Cultural Pages directed by es:Sofía Ímber. In the mid-1990s, he directed the magazine Venezuela en Colombia, edited in Bogotá. Specializing in topics in Latin American politics, he wrote the column Mirando el Vecindario (Looking Around the Neighborhood) in the newspaper El Mundo from 2004 to 2006. Upon taking the role of director of the newspaper El Nuevo País, he began production of Informe Otálvora, appearing in numerous online publications in Latin America.[10][11] Editor of the news web portal Noticias Clic since 2011.[12] es:Diario Las Americas of Miami columnist since March 2014.

Books and Academic Articles[edit]

  • La Década Roja de América Latina. Ebook. (2013) ASIN B00ESWXQ7U
  • CASTRO & CHAVEZ (English edition) (2011) ASIN B005KT1IN4
  • Un Barco Liberal (2011). (Biography of Virgilio Barco Vargas) ASIN B0050D1QAA
  • Cooperación, integración o fusión militar en Suramérica (Cooperation, integration or merging of the armed forces in South America) in "Venezuela en el contexto de la seguridad regional" (Caracas, ILDIS, 2007)[13]
  • Retos y perspectivas de la integración energética en América Latina.(Coauthor). Kart-Peter Schütt y Flavio Carucci (Coordinators). (Caracas, ILDIS - Fundación Friedriech Ebert, 2007)
  • Raimundo Andueza Palacio. (Biography).(Caracas, Biblioteca Biográfica Venezolana-Diario El Nacional, 2006). Digital Edition: ASIN B005CDICMS
  • Aproximación a la agenda de seguridad de Venezuela con Brasil. (Approach to the security of Venezuela with Brazil agenda) (Caracas, ILDIS - Fundación Friedriech Ebert, 2005)[14]
  • Juan Pablo Rojas Paúl. (Biography).(Caracas, Biblioteca Biográfica Venezolana-Diario El Nacional, 2005. Digital Edition: ASIN B005CDIBEM
  • La Crisis de la Corbeta Caldas. (The Crisis of the Corvette Caldas). (Caracas, Editorial Pomaire, 2003). Includes biographies of the former presidents Jaime Lusinchi and Virgilio Barco Vargas.[15][16] Digital Edition: ASIN B0050E2N56
  • RJV: La red de Liberales y Socialdemócratas. (RJV: Liberals and Social Democrats network) in "Ramón J. Velásquez. Estudios sobre una trayectoria al servicio de Venezuela". (Caracas, Universidad Metropolitana - Universidad de los Andes-Núcleo Táchira, 2003)
  • Frontera en Tiempos de Globalización: El proyecto ZIF. (Border in times of globalization: the ZIF project) (Revista Venezolana de Economía y Ciencias Sociales, Universidad Central de Venezuela, Vol. 9, No.1, enero-abril 2003)[17]
  • La Paz Ramónica. (The Ramónica peace. Diary of a transitional Government in Venezuela). (Caracas, Editorial Pomaire, 1994) [18]
  • La Frontera Occidental Venezolana: Un análisis tendencial (The border West of Venezuela: A trend analysis). In "La Frontera Occidental Venezolana. Propuestas de Política". (Coauthor). (Caracas, Comisión Presidencial para Asuntos Fronterizos Colombo-Venezolanos, 1992)[21]
  • El Estado venezolano en la era del Pacman: La política informática del Estado venezolano. (The Venezuelan State in the era of Pacman) In "27 Temas sobre Venezuela". (Caracas, Ediciones del Congreso de la República, 1988)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cuadernos del Cendes. Autores". Retrieved 10 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "Chávez acosa a un diario…". Diario El Mundo. Madrid. Retrieved 11 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "Video. Raimundo Andueza Palacio biography based on the book by Edgar C. Otálvora (Globovision)". Retrieved 11 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "Raimundo Andueza Palacio. Biography (Spanish) by Edgar C. Otálvora". Retrieved 14 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "Indice del Boletín de la Academia Nacional de la Historia de Venezuela". Retrieved 11 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "Juan Pablo Rojas Paúl. Biography (Spanish) by Edgar C. Otálvora". Retrieved 14 July 2011. 
  7. ^ ""Un barco liberal". Ebook (Spanish) by Edgar C. Otálvora". Retrieved 13 July 2011. 
  8. ^ Pompeyo Márquez cuenta sobre la COPAF. Retrieved 11 July 2011. 
  9. ^ "Se autoriza al ciudadano Edgar C. Otálvora para aceptar y usar la condecoración Orden del Mérito Gran Pará". Retrieved 14 July 2011. 
  10. ^ ""El Informe Otálvora" en Webarticulista.". Retrieved 13 July 2011. 
  11. ^ ""El Informe Otálvora" en DEFESANET (Brazil).". Retrieved 12 July 2011. 
  12. ^ "Noticias Clic.". Retrieved 29 December 2011. 
  13. ^ "Full text: La Diplomacia Militar en Suramérica. Alianzas y Rupturas en 2008.". Retrieved 11 June 2011. 
  14. ^ "Full text: Aproximación a la agenda de seguridad de Venezuela con Brasil (Spanish) by Edgar C. Otálvora". Retrieved 14 July 2011. 
  15. ^ La Crisis de la Corbeta Caldas. Google libros. (Spanish) by Edgar C. Otálvora. Retrieved 14 July 2011. 
  16. ^ "La Crisis de la Corbeta Caldas. Ebook (Spanish) by Edgar C. Otálvora". Retrieved 13 July 2011. 
  17. ^ "Full text: Frontera en tiempos de globalización. El proyecto ZIF (Spanish) .". Retrieved 13 July 2011. 
  18. ^ "La Paz Ramónica. (Spanish) by Edgar C. Otálvora". Retrieved 14 July 2011. 
  19. ^ EUSTOQUIO GOMEZ. Google libros (Spanish) by Edgar C. Otálvora. Retrieved 14 July 2011. 
  20. ^ "EUSTOQUIO. Ebook (Spanish) by Edgar C. Otálvora". Retrieved 14 July 2011. 
  21. ^ La frontera occidental venezolana. Google libros. (Spanish) by COPAF. Retrieved 14 July 2011.