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Venezuela in Crisis and the American Response

  • 2075 Rayburn House Office Building (map)

THIS EVENT WAS ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR FEB. 21. DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER, IT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO MARCH 1. 

In lieu of the ongoing crisis in Venezuela, join Duke in DC to hear the last U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela the Honorable Patrick D. Duddy for a conversation on the future of U.S.-Venezuela relations. 

The Honorable
Patrick D. Duddy

U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela (fmr.) 2007-2010
Senior Visiting Scholar; Fuqua School of Business
Visiting Professor, Office of Global Strategy and Programs; Director, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies | Duke University

Lunch will be served.

Venezuela has hit a crisis point with hyperinflation, rolling blackouts, food shortages and massive street protests. Three million people have fled the country, taxing the support services of virtually all of Venezuela’s neighbors. Juan Guaido, the elected president of the National Assembly, has assumed the position of Interim president of the Republic, as provided for in the constitution when the presidency is vacant or an illegitimate political actor is attempting to seize or hold on to power. De facto President Nicolas Maduro insists he is still the legitimate head of state despite the widely held view that he was reelected by fraud.  The Trump Administration has recognized the opposition leader Juan Guaido as the legitimate president of Venezuela as has Canada, most of South America and much of Europe. To this point the military remains loyal to Maduro though the overwhelming majority of Venezuelan citizens do not support him. Given the tumultuous history between the U.S. and Venezuela, what path forward is available for U.S. policymakers?  What can the U.S.  Europe and the rest of Latin America  do to restore democracy in what was once one of Latin American’s most prosperous democracies?
 
Join Duke in DC for an exclusive conversation with the last American Ambassador to Venezuela the Honorable Patrick Duddy on the stakes for the U.S. and the region in the crisis in America’s backyard.