WOLA: Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas

Evaluating U.S. Sanctions Policy Towards Venezuela

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. ET Thursday, 19 November 2020

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On Thursday, November 19 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. ET, the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) will host a virtual event with prominent experts on U.S. sanctions policy towards Venezuela. Panelists will consider the impact of sanctions on Venezuela’s crisis, whether U.S. sanctions have constrained the actions of the Maduro government, and to what extent they can or should be reformed to more effectively contribute to a democratic solution and alleviate the country’s humanitarian emergency.

The event comes after the publication of a WOLA report by Venezuelan economist Luis Oliveros entitled The Impact of Financial and Oil Sanctions on the Venezuelan Economy, which concludes that while Venezuela’s economic crisis has its roots in years of corruption and mismanagement, U.S. financial and oil sector sanctions have aggravated the crisis and contributed to a steep decline in imports. 

Join WOLA on November 19 at 10:00 a.m. EDT for an engaging discussion on sanctions policy towards Venezuela. The link to participate in the event will be sent to all registered participants.


Event Details:

Thursday, November 19, 2020
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. ET


Risa Grais-Targow

Director for Latin America, Eurasia Group

Tamara Herrera

Managing Director and Chief Economist, Síntesis Financiera

Miguel Angel Santos

Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Luis Oliveros

Economist, Central University of Venezuela (UCV)


Geoff Ramsey

Director for Venezuela, WOLA

This event will be conducted in both Spanish and English. Simultaneous interpretation to both languages will be available.