Author Moisés Naím, on “Two Spies in Caracas”

Welcome Moisés Naím:

We’re joined on the Starline by a man “Prospect Magazine” called “one of the world’s leading thinkers”. Award winning journalist, author of the book “Two Spies in Caracas” we welcome Moisés Naím.

Moisés, let’s go Beyond the Mic. “Two Spies in Caracas” is a fictional novel but has some of the hard to believe events are completely factual. Why was it important to tell this story? First you wrote it in Spanish and had it translated to English.

Espionage is a combination of deceit and truth. As spies develop assets by telling fabricated truths, they lose a piece of themselves. How did the development of Ivan and Cristina challenge you as it was hard for them to keep their lies straight?

Your doctorate dissertation was on “The Political Economy of Regulating Multinational Corporations.” How has your views changed or evolved from the day you wrote this?

Venezuela has struggled for years. The country has incredible oil riches but currency hyperinflation and the bolivar is one of the weakest circulating currency in the world. What are the key problems that Venezuela struggles with each day?

You’ve written articles about President Chavez for over two decades, Cuba has been under sanctions since I was born, how can a country so financially bankrupt take over Venezuela so easily?

Moisés Naím, author of the book “Two Spies in Caracas” joins us Beyond the Mic. Which country will be next to default on their loans to the World Bank?

Is the world’s financial house of cards starting to teeter?

One Big Question with Moisés Naím

You are also the writer of “The End of Power” discussing the decline of power in leaders in institutions. Are we getting closer to a dystopian future where multinational organizations will be more in control of the world than actual countries?

What are the things you miss about the Venezuela you knew growing up and what are the things you don’t miss?

The Wrap:

We thank author of the book “Two Spies in Caracas” Moisés Naím for taking the time to talk to us.

And that my friends is Beyond the Mic.

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Sean A Dillon isn't really his name, it's a pseudonym. Because of his dad's work he moved more than 15 times in the first 20 years of his life. Coming up to Lubbock to learn at Texas Tech University, he stumbled into a radio studio. He got a chance because the station manager was too drunk to keep it on the air.

His next job was for legendary KLLL-FM. Buddy Holly and Waylon Jennings were past employees so he was home.

After arguing with his boss if he cheered for colors or for his favorite team he embarked on a 25 year, and still going, career. In one of the most rare things in radio, he has stayed at the same station for his entire professional career.

While still playing on the air he had great interview opportunities that never made it to air. Some were due to length, others were because of topic.He decided to flip the table on the rules. Any topic / guest is welcome, but you need to tell a story & must go 'Beyond the Mic.'

He hosts Beyond The Mic with Sean Dillon. It's a conversation series with the best actors, artists, authors and people you need to know. Every guest he talks with authenticity, honesty and originality giving you content you need to share with others.

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