WOLA is pleased to invite you to a discussion on Venezuela’s crisis, the upcoming presidential elections and the international response, featuring:

Michael McCarthy
Research Fellow, American University Center for
Latin American and Latino Studies,
Adjunct Professor, George Washington University
Elliott School of International Affairs,
Founder and Editor, Caracas Wire


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

Friday February 16th, 2018
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Washington Office on Latin America
1666 Connecticut Avenue, Suite 400
Washington, DC   20009

The discussion will be conducted in English and a video recording will be posted online after the event concludes. RSVP at the link here.

For more information, please contact Caroline Buhse at cbuhse@wola.orgor (202) 797-2171.

On February 7, Venezuelan electoral authorities officially confirmed that the country will hold presidential elections on April 22 in accordance with a National Constituent Assembly decree that mandated a vote in the first four months of 2018. Over the last year the Maduro government has slowly consolidated power, threatening Venezuela’s democratic institutions. With the confirmed early elections, the international community and Venezuelans alike are concerned that the electoral process does not adhere to the constitution, thus failing to ensure the fulfillment of Venezuelans’ fundamental right to elect a president in a process that is free, fair, and transparent.

Please join us as we discuss with two leading experts the upcoming elections and the role they will play in upholding Venezuelan democracy.