WOLA: Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas

A Negotiated Solution for Venezuela: Prospects for a Peaceful and Inclusive Settlement

9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, 22 October 2019
United States Institute of Peace, 2301 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, D.C., 20037

Nine months after the U.S. government and much of the international community rejected the legitimacy of Nicolas Maduro’s claim to a new six-year presidential term based on elections widely denounced as fraudulent, the country’s political and humanitarian crisis has worsened with no immediate solution on the horizon. Efforts to broker a negotiated transition were underway for several months, but talks have stalled and it is unclear when they may resume. Though the crisis appears to have entered an uneasy stalemate, there continue to be important efforts inside the country to create the conditions for an inclusive, democratic solution and prevent violent conflict.

The U.S. Institute of Peace, the Washington Office on Latin America, the Inter-American Dialogue and the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Latin American Program are pleased to host a discussion on Tuesday, October 22nd with selected members of the Grupo Experto para Venezuela (GEV): an initiative of the Institute for Integrated Transitions (IFIT) that brings together a group of 16 high-level Venezuelan experts based in the country and committed to promoting ideas for a peaceful, negotiated, constitutional solution to the country’s crisis.

Event Details
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
United States Institute of Peace
2301 Constitution Avenue NW

Opening Remarks
Steve Hege
Senior Expert, U.S. Institute of Peace

Pedro Nikken
Professor, Central University of Venezuela Law School

Michael Penfold
Professor, Venezuelan Institute of Advanced Studies in Administration
Fellow, Latin American Program, Woodrow Wilson Center

Margarita López Maya
Technical Advisory Council, Political Studies Center, Andres Bello Catholic University

Hiram Gaviria
President, Unión y Entendimiento (Puente) Party

Orlando Ochoa
Independent Economist and Consultant

Geoff Ramsey
Assistant Director for Venezuela, Washington Office on Latin America


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If you are unable to attend the event in person, it will be livestreamed through this link.