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Venezuela in the Spotlight: Shifting Ground Before Elections

Council of the Americas

September 17, 2015


(Image: AP)

The September 10 sentencing of Leopoldo López to nearly 14 years in prison highlights the dramatic issues facing Venezuela. Coupled with a rapidly contracting economy and border disputes with neighbors Colombia and Guyana, Venezuelans face a potentially volatile political period prior to parliamentary elections scheduled for December 6.  

Please join the Council of the Americas for a discussion with three internationally known experts on democracy and governance in Venezuela and the choices facing the government and people there.


  • Santiago A. Canton, Executive Director, RFK Partners for Human Rights
  • Miriam Kornblith, Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, National Endowment for Democracy
  • José Miguel Vivanco, Executive Director, Americas Division, Human Rights Watch

To register: Please email us at

Please RSVP no later than 3:00 p.m. the day before the event.

Join the discussion: #VZoutlook

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