A Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) event featuring:
Senior Fellow, WOLA
Charles A. and Leo M. Favrot Professor of Human Relations, Tulane University
Research Fellow, Center for Latin American and Latino Studies, American University
And moderated by
Senior Associate, WOLA
Has the opposition’s political momentum dissipated? After obtaining a two-thirds majority in the December legislative elections, the Maduro government has used its control over the judiciary to nibble away at the National Assembly’s powers and block their most important initiatives. And while two thirds of Venezuelans think President Nicolás Maduro should not finish his term, the always-fractious opposition was not able to agree on a single strategy to push for his removal and have failed to make headway. However, the current political deadlock could be overwhelmed by an economic crisis that has not hit bottom, looming electricity and water crises, and horrendous levels of crime and violence. It is important to think now about how the international community could best contribute to peaceful resolution of Venezuela’s political and economic crisis.