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A Negotiated Solution for Venezuela: Prospects for a Peaceful and Inclusive Settlement

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Oct. 22, 2019
9:00am – 11:00am


United States Institute of Peace 2301 Constitution Ave. N.W. Washington, DC 20037
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A Negotiated Solution for Venezuela: Prospects for a Peaceful and Inclusive Settlement

A Negotiated Solution for Venezuela: Prospects for a Peaceful and Inclusive Settlement 

Nine months after the U.S. government and much of the international community rejected the legitimacy of Nicolas Maduro’s claim to a new six-year presidential term based on elections widely denounced as fraudulent, the country’s political and humanitarian crisis has worsened with no immediate solution on the horizon. Efforts to broker a negotiated transition were underway for several months, but talks have stalled and it is unclear when they may resume. Though the crisis appears to have entered an uneasy stalemate, there continue to be important efforts inside the country to create the conditions for an inclusive, democratic solution and prevent violent conflict.

The U.S. Institute of Peace, the Washington Office on Latin America, the Inter-American Dialogue and the Woodrow Wilson Center's Latin American Program are pleased to host a discussion on Tuesday, October 22nd with selected members of the Grupo Experto para Venezuela (GEV): an initiative of the Institute for Integrated Transitions (IFIT) that brings together a group of 16 high-level Venezuelan experts based in the country and committed to promoting ideas for a peaceful, negotiated, constitutional solution to the country’s crisis.

For more information please contact Ms. Maria Antonia Montes at


Pedro Nikken
Professor, Central University of Venezuela Law School 

Michael Penfold
Professor, Venezuelan Institute of Advanced Studies in Administration
Fellow, Latin American Program, Woodrow Wilson Center

Margarita López Maya
Technical Advisory Council, Political Studies Center, Andres Bello Catholic University

Hiram Gaviria
President, Unión y Entendimiento (Puente) Party

Orlando Ochoa
Independent economist and consultant

Geoff Ramsey (moderator)
Assistant Director for Venezuela, Washington Office on Latin America

Steve Hege (opening remarks)
Senior Expert, U.S. Institute of Peace 

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Latin American Program

The Wilson Center’s prestigious Latin American 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 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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