Venezuela in Turmoil: The Challenging Path Ahead



AS/COA and American Enterprise Institute’s panel Venezuela in Turmoil: The Challenging Path Ahead.

Keynote Speaker:

  • Luis Almagro, Secretary General, Organization of American States @Almagro_OEA2015

Interviewed by:

  • Eric Farnsworth, Vice President, Americas Society/Council of the Americas @ericfarns


  • Patrick D. Duddy, Former U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela; Director, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Duke University
  • Hannah Dreier, Venezuela Correspondent, Associated Press @hannahdreier
  • Roger Noriega, Visiting Researcher, American Enterprise Institute @rogernoriegaUSA
  • Antonio Mora, Journalist and former Anchor, Al Jazeera America (moderator) @AMoraTV
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    • DCR and TEA do not watch this. Others are tasked with this. They work for the interior ministry and are attached to the likes of SEBIN and military counter intelligence. This AEI thing is normal and happens all the time. Nothing to get worked up about. Lame panel discussion actually.

  1. Question for the whole panel: do you see incentives or political viability for the Trump administration to intervene in the Venezuelan situation (for example, through a prolonged crackdown on politically-exposed individuals linked to the Maduro administration?)

    Twitter handle @dauz_ucv

    Recommended to post the question as two tweets (one for q, other for example) 🙂 thanks!

  2. Q for Hannah: Hannah, to what extent do you collaborate with foreign correspondents for OTHER news outlets in Venezuela, say Reuters, WSJ, NYT, etc? Do you guys get together in Caracas every now and then, share tips, information, or work totally independently? Whats that like? (Sorry, I know very little about how actual news journalism gets done). @frankmuci

    • You can see Ms Dreiers collaboration with Roger Noriega (AEI) and Caracas Chronicles. Caracas Chronicles lays up her articles in the Washington Post and promotes this rather lame panel discussion (not your fault CC). The question becomes, do other reporters collude and coordinate with blogs, and think-tanks like Ms Dreier?

      Frank, they are being watched by the intelligence services. They have to be very careful. Nobody is safe despite what some may think because they work for big name news organization.

  3. The panel is too american as it is my believe that presidential system of democracy is in crisis as it undermines legislature (russia, turkey, usa, venezuela). As it happened with Germany after WW2 they reformed constitution to a parlamentary system. Couldn’t that be the case for Venezuela?

  4. Question for Sec.Gen. Almagro: A few days ago, Father Luis Ugalde, one of Venezuela’s most prominent catholic intellectuals and a former President of the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, said there is no possible way out of Venezuela’s crisis without military intervention. El Padre Ugalde explicitly called for a new Wolfgang Larrazabal, the navy vice-admiral who led the 1958 coup that re-established democracy in Venezuela.

    Have you spoken to Father Ugalde, and can you give us your reaction to his statement?

    Quico in Montreal

  5. Question for the pannel: The venezuelan crisis is particular in many aspects, one of them is that it mainly stands on a systematically structured network of corruption and mismanagement, have any of you seen a similar situation with which parallelism could be made during your jourlanistic experience?


  6. Thanks to Caracas Chronicles for bringing us the chance of listening to these heavy weights give their well informed accounts of our Country’s crisis …….there is a lot of food for thought in what was mentioned in this dialogue….., enough to serve as inspiration to quite a few future blogs in this site !!

    • Mr Bass, there are no heavyweights. More like lightweights. The only heavyweight was Almagro and he was not part of the panel discussion which by the way was superficial and petty. They tiptoed and glossed over issues. No hard charging facts and questions. To be expected with roger noriega.

      • Well Larry maybe a different more modest word might have been suitable , in any event they appeared to be well informed and did provide some views which at least I found interesting and insightful not being perhaps the wisest man about so much stuff that forms part of the less well publicized history of our crisis. The views of course were not uniformly excellent and Mr Noriega did appear sometimes to have some ax to grind on certain subjects. Still if they ‘tiptoed and glossed over issues’ maybe a better informed person such as your self might be able to mention what they were . I say this not to challenge your views but because Im curious to know what in your opinion was left out .

        • Bill,
          I know you don’t agree with my opinion of the MUD being a failure. I do not see a peaceful resolution to this humanitarian crisis.
          Something that I learned early in life was to try to never put someone in a situation where they have nothing to lose. That is the point that irrational actions become very common.
          Venezuela is in a situation where both sides will have nothing to lose. The government officials understand that the chances of a comfortable life in exile will be very slim and loss of power means certain prosecution.
          At the same time the people that are starving and watching family members die, be incarcerated or murdered will eventually come to the realization that they no longer have anything to lose. If you are going to die, you may as well die fighting.
          If anyone has any suggestions how I can be of use to help ease these conditions, please speak up.
          I have written my Senators, Congresswoman, The Presidents Obama and Trump, continually send food, medicine and money to the best of my ability.
          And I pray.

  7. I couldn’t listen until after it was over, but great panel! The CC people who worked on this have done a real service to interested people outside of Venezuela.

  8. I listened to the whole thing but it was frustrating to hear how much they still believed in a diplomatic solution to the crisis.
    It is self delusion and a waste of time.
    Why are they so afraid to mention military intervention if that is the only option left after trying for 17 years all peaceful means.


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