From 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 20, the Venezuela team hosted a webinar event with experts from Insight Crime and the International Crisis Group to hear about organized crime, corruption, and the problematic ‘narcostate’ narrative. This event was held following the publication of our recent report, “Beyond the Narcostate Narrative,” which discusses these themes in greater depth. Our experts led a discussion on this ‘narcostate’ narrative, which many hardliners in Venezuela and the U.S. have invoked to argue that a negotiated solution is not viable in Venezuela. Watch the full webinar above:

You can also listen to this webinar as a podcast, or download the podcast here.


Bram Ebus
Investigative Journalist
Consultant, International Crisis Group

Jeremy McDermott
Co-Director, InSight Crime

Geoff Ramsey
Director for Venezuela, WOLA

Moderated by:

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


Full event description available on the WOLA event page.