Russian Influence in Venezuela: What Should the United States Do?

June 20, 2019 - 9:00 am

1030 15th St NW, 12th floor
Washington, DC

Please join the Atlantic Council for an event entitled Russian Influence in Venezuela: What Should the United States Do? on Thursday, June 20 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Atlantic Council headquarters (1030 15th Street NW, 12th Floor, West Tower Elevators, Washington, DC 20005). 

As a wave of public support for democratic transition is sweeping Venezuela and the international community, Moscow continues to stand by Nicolás Maduro. Displays of military force, Rosneft’s ownership of 49.9 percent of CITGO shares, and billions in loans to Maduro, showcase Russia’s rooted geopolitical and economic interests in Venezuela and the hemisphere.

What drives Russian support for Maduro? What is its role in the unfolding humanitarian, economic, and political crisis? How can the United States counter Russian involvement in Venezuela?

The Eurasia Center and the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center welcome you to join us for a public event that will discuss the extent of Russian involvement in Venezuela, Moscow’s motivations and possible next moves, and how the United States should react.

Breakfast will be provided.

Keynote Speaker

The Hon. Richard L. Scott

United States Senator (R-FL)


Amb. John Herbst

Director, Eurasia Center

Atlantic Council


Amb. Paula J. Dobriansky

Senior Fellow

Harvard University Belfer Center;

Former Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs 

Francisco Monaldi

Fellow, Latin American Energy Policy,

Director, Latin America Initiative,

Lecturer, Energy Economics,

Baker Institute for Public Policy

Rice University

Evelyn N. Farkas

Resident Senior Fellow

German Marshall Fund;

Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense

for Russia, Ukraine, Eurasia

US Department of Defense

Mark D. Simakovsky

Nonresident Senior Fellow, Eurasia Center

Atlantic Council;

Former Europe/NATO Chief of Staff,

Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy

US Department of Defense

Konstantin Eggert


Deutsche Welle

Amb. John Herbst

Director, Eurasia Center

Atlantic Council


Jason Marczak

Director, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center

Atlantic Council

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