Video On Demand

Restoring Venezuela's Democracy and Halting the Humanitarian Disaster

February 23, 2018 • 10:00 – 11:30 am EST

Please join us on Friday, February 23rd from 10:00 to 11:30 am for a public presentation on the role the international community should play in restoring democracy to Venezuela.  The presentation will feature OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro, Former Deputy National Security Advisor Juan Zarate, former President of Bolivia Jorge Quiroga, and Maria Corina Machado, a leader in the Venezuelan opposition.

As Venezuela further collapses under a narco-state regime, with hyperinflation, widespread scarcity of food and medicine, one of the world's highest homicide rates, thousands fleeing to neighboring countries every day, and with no clear electoral way out, the importance of the role of the international community to increase pressure on Venezuela’s regime has become more crucial than ever. Secretary Tilleron's recent visit to the Americas elevated the urgency of building a comprehensive approach from the international community to use the different mechanisms available to increase pressure on Nicolas Maduro's regime.

Our panelists will discuss the current state of affairs of Venezuela's crisis, the role of the international community to increase pressure on Venezuela's regime, and the use of sanctions as a tool for that objective.

CSIS President and CEO Dr. John Hamre will provide opening remarks.  CSIS Americas Director, Michael Matera, will introduce our speakers, and Ms. Machado will join us via video conference. Following the presentation, CSIS Associate Director and Venezuelan expert, Moises Rendon, will lead a conversation and moderate a question and answer session with Secretary General Almagro, Mr. Zarate, and President Quiroga.

This event was made possible by general support to CSIS and support from the Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance (CSIF), which provides policy and subject matter expertise in areas of illicit finance, financial power, and economic pressure to the global policy community.
Moises Rendon

Moises Rendon

Former Senior Associate (Non-resident), Americas Program
John J. Hamre
CSIS President and CEO, and Langone Chair in American Leadership

Juan Zarate

Former Deputy National Security Advisor

Luis Almagro

OAS Secretary General

Maria Corina Machado

Venezuelan Opposition Leader

Jorge Quiroga

Former President of Bolivia

Michael A. Matera