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Video: Venezuela's Elections – Analysis and Implications

Tuesday, December 15, 2015


  • Andrés Pastrana, Former President of Colombia 
  • Jorge Quiroga, Former President of Bolivia 
  • Moisés Naím, Distinguished Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Chief International Columnist for El Pais and La Repubblica
  • Hector Schamis, Adjunct Professor, Center for Latin American Studies, Georgetown University; Columnist for El País
  • Eric Farnsworth, Vice President, Americas Society/Council of the Americas (moderator)

The opposition won a supermajority in Venezuela's National Assembly on December 6, but the toughest stretch lies ahead due to the country's ailing economy and embattled democracy. Venezuela is "the black eye" of Latin America, said Georgetown's Hector Schamis at a COA panel. Now the opposition must pick a leader in Congress, as well as address the humanitarian crisis and a narco regime, according to former Colombian President Andrés Pastrana. 

(Video begins at 7:50)