Venezuela: Humanitarian Crisis and Struggle for Democracy

8:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m., April 25, 2019

Given the urgency of Venezuela’s humanitarian crisis, panelists will address four main questions: What explains the country’s steep decline from one of Latin America’s richest countries to one undergoing economic and social collapse? What are the most realistic strategies to address the regional impact of migration and humanitarian crisis? Is a return to democracy likely? Can this change be peaceful?


Michael Coppedge

Kellogg Institute for International Studies, University of Notre Dame

Margarita López Maya

Center for Development Studies, Universidad Central de Venezuela

David Smilde

Tulane University and Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA)

Julia Yansura

Migration, Remittances and Development Program, Inter-American Dialogue

Verónica Zubillaga

Universidad Simon Bolivar in Caracas, Kellogg Institute Visiting Fellow