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Notes from ‘Neither Free Nor Fair: What to do about Venezuela’s Presidential Elections?’

On February 21st, the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center hosted an event highlighting the uncertainty in Venezuela as the country prepares for presidential elections slated for April 22.  What follows is a collection of notes on the speakers’ remarks, gathered by WOLA Venezuela intern Melissa Medina Márquez. A…

Feb. 21
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Contending with Crisis: Venezuela’s Presidential Election and the International Response

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…

Feb. 19
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Update on US and International Policy Towards Venezuela: Pressure and Engagement

With the most important opposition candidates and parties disqualified, an electoral authority that has committed fraud twice over the past year, moved-up elections that break Venezuela’s election law and were called by the unconstitutional National Constituent Assembly (ANC), and innumerable other democratic deficits, Venezuela is now in a situation in which its population is no longer able to seek the change it desires. This is the type of situation in which regional and international countries have an important role in restoring Venezuelan’s democratic rights.

Feb. 13
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Event Feb. 16 – Contending with Crisis: Venezuela’s Presidential Election and the International Response

Venezuelan electoral authorities have 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. Please join us on Friday, Feb. 16 as we assess the situation with Mike McCarthy and David Smilde, two leading experts the upcoming elections and the role they will play in upholding Venezuelan democracy.

Feb. 12
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U.S. and International Community Should Pressure Venezuela in Coordination, Avoid Counterproductive Measures

(Version en Español) Washington, D.C.— On February 7, talks between the Venezuelan government and the opposition over the country’s ongoing political crisis were suspended, and the government of Nicolás Maduro is moving ahead with plans to hold presidential elections on April 22. Elections under rushed conditions without the 

David Smilde

David Smilde

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

Geoff Ramsey

Geoff Ramsey

WOLA Assistant Director for Venezuela