Venezuela: Humanitarian Crisis and Perspectives for Change (Notre Dame)

Venezuela: Humanitarian Crisis and Perspectives for Change

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Given the seriousness of Venezuela’s humanitarian crisis, this workshop will address four main questions: What explains the country’s steep decline, from being one of Latin America’s richest countries, to its current economic and social collapse? What are the most feasible strategies to address the regional impact of Venezuela’s migration and humanitarian crisis? Is a change of regime foreseeable in the near future? Can this change be peaceful?  A parallel panel on these topics will take place the prior day at the Washington Office of the Keough School for Global Affairs.


Michael Coppedge, Professor of Political Science and Kellogg Faculty Fellow
Javier Corrales, Dwight W. Morrow 1895 Professor of Political Science, Amherst College
Magdalena López, Adjunct Associate Professional Specialist, Kellogg Institute for International Studies
Bernardo Pulido Marquez, Doctor of Juridical Science candidate and Kellogg Institute PhD Fellow
Margarita López Maya, Senior Professor, Centro de Estudios para el Desarrollo, Central University of Venezuela, and former Kellogg Visiting Fellow
Francisco Monaldi, Fellow in Latin American Energy Policy, Baker Institute for Public Policy, Rice University
Aníbal Pérez-Liñán, Professor of Political Science and Global Affairs
David Smilde, Charles A. and Leo M. Favrot Professor of Human Relations, Tulane University; Senior Fellow, Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA); and former Kellogg Visiting Fellow
Guillermo Trejo, Associate Professor of Political Science, Kellogg Faculty Fellow
Ernesto Verdeja, Associate Professor of Political Science and Peace Studies
Leonardo Vivas, Lecturer on International Politics, Emerson College, and Consultant, Freedom House
Verónica Zubillaga, Professor, Universidad Simón Bolívar, Caracas, Venezuela, and Kellogg Visiting Fellow


Friday, April 26

9:00:  Opening comments: Paolo Carozza 

9:10-10:30 - Panel 1:  Political Perspective
   • 9:10-9:30 - Michael Coppedge
   • 9:30-9:50 - Margarita López Maya
   • 9:50-10: 30 - Questions

Coffee-break (20 minutes)

10:50-12:10 - Panel 2: Key issues: Military and Oil  
   • 10:50-11:10 - Javier Corrales
   • 11:10-11:30 - Francisco Monaldi
   • 11:30-12: 10 - Questions

12:10-2:00Lunch Dialogue - Venezuela in Turmoil: Stakes and Possible Outcomes 
Javier CorralesMargarita López MayaFrancisco Monaldi; David SmildeLeonardo Vivas
Moderator: Verónica Zubillaga

2:00-3:40 - Panel 3: International and Regional Dimensions 
   • 2:00-2:20  - Magdalena López
   • 2:20-2:40  - Leonardo Vivas
   • 2:40-3:00  - David Smilde
   • 3:00-3:40 - Questions

Coffee-Break (20 minutes)

4:00- 5:40 - Panel 4: State Violence and Transitional Justice 
   • 4:00- 4:20 - Verónica Zubillaga
   • 4:20- 4:40 - Guillermo Trejo 
   • 4:40-5:00 - Ernesto Verdeja
   • 5:00-5:40 - Questions

Saturday, April 27

10: 00-11:20 - Panel 5: Human Rights, the Rule of Law and Transitions 
   • 10:00-10:20 - Bernardo Pulido Márquez
   • 10:20-10:40 - Aníbal Perez-Liñán  
   • 10:40-11:20  - Questions

12:00 - Lunch: Conclusions 

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