WOLA: Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas

The Challenges of Negotiating a Return to Democracy in Venezuela

9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. EDT Tuesday, 20 July 2021

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Join the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) and the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) for the discussion of a new report:

Venezuela’s intractable political conflict has been punctuated by multiple attempts at dialogue, none of which have yet resolved the crisis. Today new negotiations have the support of the United States, the European Union, Latin American governments, and several Venezuelan stakeholders.

With the prospect of new talks on the horizon, the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) and the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) have compiled a report on lessons learned from the most recent talks: the 2019 negotiations in Barbados and Norway. In preparing this report the authors carried out in-depth interviews with multiple members of both the opposition and government negotiating teams who participated in the 2019 talks, as well as senior U.S. officials and other international diplomats familiar with the details of the negotiations. The paper lays out recommendations, lessons learned, and key findings from the 2019 process that are relevant to any future negotiations.


Event Details:

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. EDT


Geoff Ramsey

WOLA Director for Venezuela

Keith Mines 

Director, USIP Latin America Program

Colette Capriles

Professor of Political Philosophy, Universidad Simón Bolívar

Roberto Patiño

Founder and Director, Alimenta la Solidaridad