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The Venezuela-Bolivarian Global Money Laundering Empire

May 23, 2019 • 9:30 – 11:00 am EDT

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Please join CSIS Americas for a public discussion about the criminal enterprise of Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela and his Bolivarian allies. Douglas Farah, President of IBI Consultants and senior visiting fellow at National Defense University, will present a new report, based on five years of field research, which details the breadth of the global money laundering empire Maduro and his allies  have developed throughout his regime. The report sheds new light on the Venezuela-Bolivarian money laundering structures and how they are are connected, the amounts of money they move, the geographic and criminal diversity of the network, adding context to help explain why regimes like those of Maduro do not fall quickly despite stiff U.S. sanctions.
This event will also feature Celina Realuyo, Professor of Practice at the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies at National Defense University; José Cárdenas, Former Acting Assistant Secretary for LAC at USAID and Director of Vision Americas; and Caryn Hollis, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Counternarcotics and Global Threats, who will provide unique insights and expertise on the nature of transnational organized crime and financial structures ongoing in Venezuela. Following the presentations, the panelists will have a moderated discussion led by CSIS Americas Associate Director and Venezuela expert Moises Rendon. Additional speakers to be announced shortly.
Moises Rendon

Moises Rendon

Former Senior Associate (Non-resident), Americas Program

Douglas Farah

President, IBI Consultants; Senior Visiting Fellow, National Defense University,

Celina Realuyo

Professor of Practice, William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies, National Defense University

José Cárdenas

Former Acting Assistant Secretary, Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean, USAID; Director, Vision Americas

Caryn Hollis

Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Counternarcotics and Global Threats