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El País op-ed | Biden and Venezuela: a New Opportunity

On Saturday, March 19, El País published an op-ed by Geoff Ramsey, WOLA Director for Venezuela, and David Smilde, WOLA Senior Fellow and Charles A. and Leo M. Favrot Professor of Human Relations at Tulane University, in which they argue that the recent visit of U.S. officials to Caracas represents an important opportunity

Venezuelan American Caucus Urges the Extension of TPS for Venezuela

On February 17, 2022, the Venezuelan American Caucus, along with a coalition of 50 other organizations, sent a letter to President Biden and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas, urging the administration to extend the designation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Venezuela to include Venezuelan nationals who have arrived in the United States after March 9, 2021.

Foreign Policy Op-ed: U.S.-Venezuelan Oil Deal Should Not Forget Democracy

On March 8, Charles A. and Leo M. Favrot Professor of Human Relations at Tulane University David Smilde published an op-ed in Foreign Policy assessing recent reports of talks between the Biden administration and the Maduro government to negotiate a potential deal to facilitate the exportation of Venezuelan oil, as well as the release of U.S. citizens detained in Venezuela, as Biden prepared to announce a ban on U.S. imports of oil from Russia amid its invasion of Ukraine.

Puentes Ciudadanos Colombia-Venezuela (PCCV) Binational Session

Puentes Ciudadanos Colombia-Venezuela (PCCV) invites you to participate in an upcoming public event on Thursday, February 24 at 2:30 p.m. EST, in which international experts will offer their perspectives about the binational relationship between Venezuela and Colombia in the global geopolitical context.

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