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Venezuela at a Crossroads: Is the Barbados Agreement on Life Support?

Date & Time

Feb. 20, 2024
2:00pm – 3:00pm ET


6th Floor Flom Auditorium, Woodrow Wilson Center
and Online


Venezuela is at a crossroads, as the authoritarian regime led by Nicolás Maduro resists international pressure to hold democratic elections this year, as agreed upon in the Barbados Agreement last October. Venezuela has not set a date for elections and in January, its Supreme Court disqualified the winner of the opposition primary, María Corina Machado, from the presidential contest. The court ruling led the United States to reimpose some sanctions, examine snap back of future sanctions, and raised questions about the future of the Barbados Agreement. The outcome of this latest standoff has significant implications for human rights in Venezuela, the regional migration crisis, and global energy security. 

To learn more, join us for a conversation on the prospects for elections in Venezuela this year and the role of the United States, moderated by Leopoldo Lopez, with opening remarks from Amb. Brownfield, and a keynote address from President Duque.


Headshot of Mark Feierstein

Mark Feierstein

Senior Advisor, GBAO; former Special Assistant to the President, National Security Council; former Principal Advisor to the Administrator, US Agency for International Development
Headshot of Isabel Roby

Isabel Carlota Roby

Staff Attorney (Latin America), Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights 
Headshot of Manuel Ventura Robles

Manuel Ventura Robles

Former Judge and Secretary, Inter-American Court of Human Rights; Former Chancellor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Costa Rica

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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