WOLA: Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas

Contending with Crisis: Venezuela’s Presidential Election and the International Response

10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Friday, 16 February 2018

WOLA is pleased to invite you to a discussion on

Contending with Crisis: Venezuela’s Presidential Election and the International Response



Michael McCarthy
Research Fellow, American University Center for
Latin American and Latino Studies,
Adjunct Professor, George Washington University
Elliott School of International Affairs,
Founder and Editor, Caracas Wire


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


Friday February 16th, 2018
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.


Washington Office on Latin America
1666 Connecticut Avenue, Suite 400
Washington, DC   20009


The discussion will be conducted in English and a video recording will be posted at www.wola.org after the event concludes.

RSVP using the form on the right.

For more information, please contact Caroline Buhse at cbuhse@wola.org or (202) 797-2171.


On February 7, Venezuelan electoral authorities officially confirmed that the country will hold presidential elections on April 22 in accordance with a National Constituent Assembly decree that mandated a vote in the first four months of 2018. Over the last year the Maduro government has slowly consolidated power, threatening Venezuela’s democratic institutions. With the confirmed early elections, the international community and Venezuelans alike are concerned that the electoral process does not adhere to the constitution, thus failing to ensure the fulfillment of Venezuelans’ fundamental right to elect a president in a process that is free, fair, and transparent.

Please join us as we discuss with two leading experts the upcoming elections and the role they will play in upholding Venezuelan democracy.