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A Conversation With Venezuela’s Civic Forum

Recent months in Venezuela have seen the steady articulation of human rights NGOs, academics, faith groups, business leaders, labor unions, and other civil society sectors into the Civic Forum. This coalition has sought to push for peaceful democratic change, and engages with all relevant stakeholders to advance desperately-needed solutions to Venezuela’s political and humanitarian crisis.

The Challenges of Negotiating a Return to Democracy in Venezuela

Venezuela’s intractable political conflict has been punctuated by multiple attempts at dialogue, none of which have yet resolved the crisis. Today new negotiations have the support of the United States, the European Union, Latin American governments, and several Venezuelan stakeholders.

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Venezuela Program

Geoff Ramsey

Geoff Ramsey

Director for Venezuela @GRamsey_LatAm

David Smilde

David Smilde

WOLA Senior Fellow and the Charles A. and Leo M. Favrot Professor of Human Relations at Tulane University


Kristen Martinez-Gugerli

Venezuela Program Associate