Daily protests and violence have become a new norm in Venezuela, with more than 90 killed since April 1st. On July 5th, armed supporters of President Nicolás Maduro attacked the National Assembly, injuring seven opposition lawmakers. A proposed constitutional assembly on July 30 has been criticized as a desperate attempt to concentrate even more power in the chavista-controlled executive branch. Meanwhile, inflation has spiraled upwards as the oil-dependent economy continues to collapse, leading to widespread shortages and a humanitarian crisis. And while the transfer of imprisoned opposition leader Leopoldo López to house arrest on July 8th has reignited faint hopes of a negotiated solution, a way out of Venezuela’s crisis remains elusive.
To help understand the complex, rapidly-shifting situation and share an on-the-ground perspective from Caracas, the Inter-American Dialogue is welcoming Phil Gunson—a senior analyst with the International Crisis Group and a 40-year veteran reporting in Latin America—for a frank and wide-ranging exchange on Venezuela today.
Date: July 25, 2017
When: 9:30 - 11:00 AM
Where: Inter-American Dialogue, Suite 800