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The Battle for Democracy in Venezuela: A Conversation with Former Interim President Juan Guaidó

Date & Time

May. 3, 2023
12:00pm – 1:00pm ET


6th Floor Flom Auditorium, Woodrow Wilson Center
and Online


Deteriorating conditions under Nicolás Maduro’s authoritarian government continue to raise concerns about democracy and human rights in Venezuela and migration challenges throughout the region.

In a sign of the regime’s repression of the democratic opposition, former Interim President Juan Guaidó recently escaped the country, traveling through Colombia amid persistent threats of government persecution. In recent days, the international community has come together to engage in discussions about the importance of restoring democracy and the rule of law in Venezuela. At the same time, however, Guaidó’s journey to the United States is drawing renewed attention to the challenges faced by the democratic opposition in Venezuela, where the state security and intelligence services brutally quash dissent.

Please join our conversation with former Interim President Guaidó to discuss the challenges confronting Venezuela’s democratic opposition and how international actors could help bring about a democratic future in Venezuela. The dialogue is part of the Wilson Center’s Hemisphere of Prosperity and Freedom series.

Hosted By

Latin America Program

The Wilson Center’s prestigious Latin America Program provides non-partisan expertise to a broad community of decision makers in the United States and Latin America on critical policy issues facing the Hemisphere. The Program provides insightful and actionable research for policymakers, private sector leaders, journalists, and public intellectuals in the United States and Latin America. To bridge the gap between scholarship and policy action, it fosters new inquiry, sponsors high-level public and private meetings among multiple stakeholders, and explores policy options to improve outcomes for citizens throughout the Americas. Drawing on the Wilson Center’s strength as the nation’s key non-partisan policy forum, the Program serves as a trusted source of analysis and a vital point of contact between the worlds of scholarship and action.  Read more

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