Resolving the Venezuelan Crisis: Following the meeting of the Lima Group of Foreign Ministers in Toronto

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Thursday, October 26th, 2017

Thursday, October 26, 20174:30PM - 7:00PMExternal Event, Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles Street West, Toronto
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Venezuela under President Nicolás Maduro is in crisis. Since 2013, the economy has fallen by nearly forty percent. The country has also witnessed a significant swing towards greater authoritarianism. Major opposition politicians have been barred from politics. In the spring of 2017, the National Assembly was stripped of its powers, sparking a major constitutional crisis. Throughout the year, the country has been wracked by protests that have been brutally put down by the government.

What are the roots of this crisis and what can be done to resolve it? What role can regional actors, including Canada, play in solving this crisis? To explore these questions and to mark the meeting of foreign ministers from 12 countries across the Americas who have come together to address the situation in Venezuela, Global Affairs Canada – together with the Munk School of Global Affairs and the Canadian Council for the Americas – will host a discussion with government leaders and experts on the crisis in Venezuela.


Dena Allen


Hon. Chrystia Freeland
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Government of Canada

Hon. Irwin Cotler, P.C., O.C.
Member, OAS Panel of Independent International Experts on Venezuela; former Minister of Justice & Attorney General of Canada; former Member of Parliament

Douglas Barrios
Fellow, Growth Lab, Center for International Development, Harvard University

Gary Clyde Hufbauer
Reginald Jones Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics

Jennifer McCoy
Distinguished University Professor of Political Science, Georgia State University

Luisa Ortega
Former Attorney General of Venezuela

Lucan Ahmad Way
Professor of Political Science, University of Toronto

Kenneth Frankel
President, Canadian Council for the Americas

Randall Hansen
Interim Director, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto

Jonathan Hausman
Chair of the Board, Canadian Council for the Americas


Global Affairs Canada, Government of Canada

Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto

Canadian Council for the Americas

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