January 2020: Venezuela after Chávez

January 30, 2020

Panelists: David Smolansky and Michael Shifter

   About the Speakers:   

Mr. Smolanksy began his career as a politician when he co-founded the Venezuelan Student Movement in 2007, leading non-violent protests against Hugo Chavez, as well as Voluntad Popular, one of the main opposition parties in Venezuela, becoming Deputy Secretary General of that organization. In 2013, Smolansky was elected mayor of El Hatillo in Caracas, at age 28. Security and transparency became the priorities of his administration. The regime under Nicolás Maduro ordered his arrest and removed him from office in 2017, forcing him to clandestinely flee to Brazil. He made Washington D.C. his exile., and with a B.A in journalism and M.A in political science, he is now a Visiting Scholar at Georgetown University, while advocating for the Venezuelan cause. Americas Quarterly magazine chose him as one of the top ten people who will rebuild Venezuela.

Mr. Shifter writes and talks widely on US-Latin American relations and hemispheric affairs, and has lectured about hemispheric policy at leading universities in Latin America and Europe. He has testified regularly before the US Congress about US policy towards Latin America and the Caribbean. Former positions include Director of the Latin American and Caribbean program at the National Endowment for Democracy and, before that, the Ford Foundation’s governance and human rights program in the Andean region and Southern Cone. Since 1993, Michael Shifter has been an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Latin American Studies Association. Mr. Shifter holds a MA in sociology from Harvard University, where he taught Latin American development and politics.

   Program Recording:   

A video recording of the program is available here.

   Event Review:    

Coming soon.









  Further Ressources:    

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