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Fast Thinking

Dec 7, 2020

FAST THINKING: The next stage of Venezuela’s power struggle

By Atlantic Council

The Trump administration recognized opposition figure Juan Guaidó as Venezuela’s interim president and mobilized nations around the world to do the same. But Nicolás Maduro is still in power—and perhaps even more entrenched after winning control this weekend of the National Assembly in an election boycotted by Guaidó and his allies. What does the election mean for the opposition’s future?

Elections Politics & Diplomacy

Elections 2020

Oct 28, 2020

Five big questions as America votes: Latin America

By Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center

Given its proximity to the United States, an economically vibrant and healthy Latin America is in the interest of the next US administration. Now, more than ever, it is important for the United States to lean in on Latin America as a strategic partner and continue growing its existing economic, social, and political ties for mutual benefit.

Coronavirus Democratic Transitions

Issue Brief

Aug 13, 2020

The Maduro Regime’s Illicit Activities: A Threat to Democracy in Venezuela and Security in Latin America

By Douglas Farah

Introduction By Diego Area and Domingo Sadurní Two months after the internationally recognized interim government marked its first year, Venezuela’s humanitarian crisis, the worst ever in the Western Hemisphere’s modern history, entered a new phase. The coronavirus pandemic, which has rattled even the most developed nations, is further straining a crippled health system already unable […]

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Diego Area is a deputy director, strategic development at the Adrienne Arsht Latin American Center of the Atlantic Council. During his time at the Council, Diego has spearheaded the creation of a multi-pronged, solutions-driven portfolio focused on promoting a stable and peaceful transition to democracy in Venezuela. Under Diego’s leadership, the Venezuela portfolio has sought to mobilize bipartisan US and international support for an end to the humanitarian, political and economic crisis. Since 2018, Diego has overseen the creation of the Venezuela Congressional Fellowship, the launch of the Center’s network of Venezuelan women leaders, and the formation of the Venezuela Working Group, a global network of international policy leaders and practitioners. Diego has also contributed to exposing disinformation in and around Venezuela and providing analysis on the information environment in the country and across Latin America. In 2020, he was selected to participate in the National Endowment for Democracy’s Penn Kemble Forum on Democracy fellowship program. Prior to joining the Atlantic Council, Diego worked as a research assistant for the Graduate School of Political Management at the George Washington University. Before being forced to flee Venezuela due to political persecution, Diego served as director of social development in the municipality of Sucre, where he led the creation of twelve community centers of conflict resolution. Diego also supported a vast network of NGOs to create community-managed daily care homes for over 2,500 children in the lower income areas of Sucre. He previously served as campaign manager in the 2015 parliamentary elections in the State of Miranda in Venezuela, the resulting victory consolidated the opposition control over the National Assembly. Diego has a master’s degree in political management from the George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the Universidad Central de Venezuela.