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Venezuela’s Mounting Refugee Crisis: Regional Security Implications Amidst the Calls for a U.S. Response

  • SVC 212, Capitol Visitor Center (map)

As Venezuela continues to implode, the country is rapidly becoming the Syria of the Western Hemisphere in terms of refugee outflows. More than 4 million Venezuelans have left the country since the late Hugo Chávez rose to power, overwhelming neighboring countries like Colombia and Brazil. Since 2015, the number of Venezuelan migrants in Peru and Chile has increased by over 1,000 percent. According to Pew Research, Venezuela is the top country of origin for U.S. asylum claims since 2017. As the humanitarian crisis worsens and more migrants cross borders, U.S. and regional security are inevitably threatened. Western Hemisphere policymakers must address the situation before it deteriorates further. Some policymakers have called for direct U.S. intervention, while others are more cautious. What position should the United States take? What options exist? And which of the options will create fewer national security risks?

Please join SFS and the Daniel Morgan Graduate School for a thoughtful and informative policy discussion examining Venezuela’s humanitarian and refugee crisis and possible U.S. and regional responses.

Introduction and Welcome by Daniel Morgan Graduate School.


  • Dr. R Evan Ellis: Research Professor of Latin American Studies, U.S. Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute.
  • Col. Preston McLaughlin, USMC Ret.: Associate Professor of National Security, Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security
  • Amb. Roger Noriega: Former Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs (2003-2005), AEI Visiting Fellow
  • Mr. Joseph Humire: Executive Director, Center for a Secure Free Society

Moderated by:

  • Mr. Gustau Alegret: U.S. News Director, NTN24

This event will be co-sponsored by the Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security.

Admission is free of charge, but seating is limited. Media inquiries please call (202) 758.9083.