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As Russia’s invasion rattles energy markets, US and European policymakers are exploring solutions to increase global oil supply and mitigate transatlantic energy dependency on Russia. At the same time, last weekend, senior US government officials met with the Nicolás Maduro administration in Caracas, Venezuela. 

What are the potential implications of these talks for the prospects of Venezuela’s re-democratization amid shifting global geopolitics following President Vladimir Putin’s attack on Ukraine? Could this be a moment to find new mechanisms that help to alleviate Venezuela’s humanitarian crisis? How does Venezuela fit into larger geostrategic US oil policy at this moment? 

Join the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center, in partnership with its Global Energy Center and GeoEconomics Center, on Friday, March 11 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. (ET) for a live, virtual discussion that will launch a report by the Atlantic Council Venezuela Working Group: Exploring Humanitarian Frameworks for Venezuela. Following more than six months of research and consultations, this report examines two existing oil-funded humanitarian proposals for Venezuela and provides recommendations for future humanitarian proposals to achieve the most optimal outcome for the Venezuelan people.  


Opening remarks

Jason Marczak
Senior Director, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center
Atlantic Council

First panel

Randy Bell
Senior Director and Richard Morning Star Chair for Global Energy Security, Global Energy Center
Atlantic Council

Julia Friedlander
C Boyden Gray Senior Fellow and Director, GeoEconomics Center
Atlantic Council

Jason Marczak
Senior Director, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center
Atlantic Council

Moderated by:

Gustau Alegret
TV Anchor and International Broadcast Journalist

Second panel

Diego Area
Deputy Director for Strategic Development, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center
Atlantic Council

Jose Ignacio Hernandez
Former Special Prosecutor in the Venezuelan Interim Government; Fellow, Growth Lab, Center for International Development
Harvard University

Francisco Monaldi
Director and Fellow, Latin America Initiative, Baker Institute for Public Policy
Rice University

Patricia Ventura
Director, Regional Public Affair and Government Relations
IPD Latin America

Moderated by:

Domingo Sadurní
Assistant Director, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center
Atlantic Council

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The Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center broadens understanding of regional transformations and delivers constructive, results-oriented solutions to inform how the public and private sectors can advance hemispheric prosperity.

At the intersection of economics, finance, and foreign policy, the GeoEconomics Center is a translation hub with the goal of helping shape a better global economic future.

The Global Energy Center develops and promotes pragmatic and nonpartisan policy solutions designed to advance global energy security, enhance economic opportunity, and accelerate pathways to net-zero emissions.